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About Van M. Ta Park

Dr. Van Ta Park is a tenured Associate Professor and Health Services Administration Concentration Coordinator. She teaches and/or has taught HS 135, HS 162, HS 262, and HS 295D. Her research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among at-risk Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Her research areas include mental health, substance use, intimate partner violence, health literacy, and ethnogeriatrics.

Positions

2013 - Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Health Science and Recreation
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Curriculum Vitae



Grants

2016 - 2018 “Culturally tailored program to reduce stress among Vietnamese dementia caregivers”
Alzheimer’s Association
Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD)
Role: Principal Investigator
$150,000
2015 - 2016 “Culturally Tailored Program for Vietnamese Caregivers"
San José State University
Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
$5,000
2015 SJSU Textbook Alternative Project Course: Health Issues in a Multicultural Society
San José State University
$1,000
2015 “Culturally Tailored Program for Vietnamese Caregivers"
San José State University
SJSU Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Yvonne Tran (Mentee)
$1,000
2015 “Culturally Tailored Program for Vietnamese Caregivers”
San José State University
SJSU Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Khue Nguyen (Mentee)
$1,000
2015 “Culturally Tailored Program for Vietnamese Caregivers”
San José State University CASA Research
Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Incentive Grant
2015 “Evaluating the Feasibility of K-drama to Improve Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors on Mental Health”
San José State University
SJSU Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Kimberly Ho (Mentee)
$1,000
2012 - 2013 “HIV Stigma and HIV Testing Behaviors among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”
San José State University
SJSU CASA Incentive Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Soma Sen (PI)
$25,000
2012 - 2013 “Preparing Public Librarians to Support Health Literacy in their Communities”
San José State University
SJSU CASA Incentive Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Lili Luo (PI)
$25,000
2011 - 2013 “Mental health disparities among at-risk Asian Americans”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Loan Repayment Program, Health Disparities Program
Role: Principal Investigator
$20,502.76
2012 "Innovative Education Program to Decrease Postpartum Depression in Asian Americans"
San José State University
SJSU Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies (SVCGS) Research Grant Program
Role: Principal Investigator
2012 “Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Adults in College Communities Highly Impacted by Substance Use and HIV Infection"
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - 1 SP017305-01
Role: Faculty Collaborator
Colleague(s): Asian American Recovery Services, Inc.; Phu Tran (Program Director)
2012 “Perspectives on Postpartum Depression in Vietnamese Women”
San José State University
SJSU Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Probationary Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
2011 - 2012 “Perspectives on Postpartum Depression in Asian Indian Women”
San José State University
SJSU CASA Incentive Program
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Deepika Goyal (PI)
$24,999.96
2010 - 2011 “Gaining an in-depth understanding of mental health care disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Loan Repayment Program, Health Disparities Program
Role: Principal Investigator
$27,320.60
2008 - 2010 “Barriers and facilitators to use of mental health services among Asian and Pacific Islander women.”
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH Loan Repayment Program, Health Disparities Program
Role: Principal Investigator
$52,859.92
2009 “Projects Aimed at Reducing Health Care Disparities among Asian Americans”
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Faculty Fund for Research Project Development Award
Role: Principal Investigator
$5,000
2008 - 2009 Hawai‘i State Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (HI SPF-SIG)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Claudio Nigg (PI)
$239,189
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Reviewer for Professional Publications, Journal of Health and Social Behavior
2014 - Present Reviewer for Professional Publications, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
2014 - Present Reviewer for Professional Publications, PLOS One
2014 - Present Chair, Academic Senate, Faculty Diversity Committee, San José State University
2013 - Present Member, Center on Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations, San José State University
2013 - Present Faculty Advisor, Health Leadership Organization, San José State University
2012 - Present Abstract Reviewer for Professional Meetings, Society for Public Health Education
2011 - Present Founding Member, Steering Committee, Center for Applied Research on Human Service, San José State University
2011 - Present Ambassador, NIH Loan Repayment Program Network
2009 - Present Member, Vietnamese Mental Health Network
2007 - Present Abstract Reviewer for Professional Meetings, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health
2007 - Present Reviewer for Professional Publications, Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
2007 - Present Reviewer for Professional Publications, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor & Underserved
2006 - Present Member, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, American Public Health Association (APHA)
2002 - Present Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
2013 Reviewer for Professional Publications, Drug and Alcohol Dependence
2008 - 2010 Member, Hawai‘i Public Health Association
2007 - 2009 Member, Hawai‘i Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Steering Committee
2006 - 2008 Member, Asian American Psychological Association
2004 - 2006 Member, AcademyHealth
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Honors and Awards

  • SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED) Faculty Award, 2014-15
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Travel Scholarship – NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, 12/08
  • Faculty Fund for Research Project Development Award (for Travel to the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) Extramural Research Program Director’s Meeting) – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 12/08
  • University Research Council Travel Award – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 10/08
  • Travel Award - Asian American and Pacific Islander Scientific Conference, 02/07

Courses

  • Health Services Organization (HS 262 & HS 262D)
  • Health Care Organization & Administration (HS 162)
  • Health Issues in a Multicultural Society (HS 135)

Education

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September 2003 - May 2006 Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University ‐ School of Public Health
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August 2000 - December 2001 Master's, University of Southern California ‐ Public Health
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August 1996 - May 2000 B.A., University of Southern California ‐ Sociology
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August 1996 - May 2000 B.S., University of Southern California ‐ Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies
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Contact Information

Van.Ta@sjsu.edu



Published Manuscripts in Peer-reviewed Journals (22)

Invited Presentations (7)