Dr. Hy V. Huynh is a community psychologist and professional humanitarian photographer. His key qualifications and skills include: 10 years of domestic and international development experience embracing innovative and collaborative strategies to address social issues concerning marginalized youth and families in Southeast Asia and the Southern United States; 5 years of program and project management with knowledge and experience in assessment, strategic planning, technical and asset-based capacity building, monitoring & evaluation, and results-based management on programs and projects concerning marginalized youth; and 5 years of quantitative and qualitative social science research experience on topics ranging from orphaned and vulnerable children’s well-being, child and adolescent bullying and peer victimization prevention, adolescent dating violence, to adolescent substance-use risk reduction.
His appointment at CHPIR is interdisciplinary and combines and integrates his community psychology and community development background with his expertise in visual storytelling and communications. Currently, he works as the research project director for the "National Evaluation of Childcare in El Salvador" project,an investigator for the "Mental Health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (SMILE)" study, a research analyst for the "Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO)" study, and a Communications and Outreach specialist (doing humanitarian photography and website design) for the Center, itself.
Much of his research interests have a strong focus on child protection and inclusion and child and adolescent mental health, particularly for marginalized youth and transition age youth populations such as orphaned and separated children, immigrant/refugee youth, youth of color, and LGBTQ youth in low- and middle- income country contexts.