Hy V. Huynh

    • Position: Research Scholar at CHPIR, International Sector
    • Education: PhD, International Family & Community Studies, Clemson University, 2017; BA, Anthropology, Ithaca College, 2008

    Dr. Hy V. Huynh (they/he) is a Community Psychologist and a Global Mental Health Disparities Researcher. Their appointment at CHPIR is three-fold and combines and integrates over a decade of community development practitioner experience, doctoral training in community psychology, and expertise in ethical visual storytelling.

    His key qualifications and skills include: 

    • 14 years of domestic and international development experience embracing innovative and collaborative strategies to address social issues concerning marginalized youth and families in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and the Southern United States
    • 10 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
    • 10 years of quantitative and qualitative social science research experience on topics ranging from mental health and wellbeing of marginalized youth populations (orphaned and vulnerable children, sexual and gender minorities, and housing insecure transition-age youth), child and adolescent bullying and peer victimization prevention, adolescent dating violence, and adolescent substance-use risk reduction.

    Currently, he works as a/an:

    • Co-PI for the "Monitoring & Evaluation Assessment of Child Care Institutions Across India" and "Quality of Care Universal Assessment in El Salvador" projects
    • Investigator for the "Mental Health & Wellbeing of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Five Low- and Middle-Income Countries (SMILE)" and "Sustaining and Transforming: Teacher Wellbeing" studies
    • Research Analyst for the "Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO)" study and "Duke Sexual and Gender Minority Health Program - Policy Branch"
    • Communications & Outreach Specialist (doing humanitarian photography and website design) for CHPIR

    Much of his research interests have a strong focus on mental health disparities and protective factors, particularly for marginalized youth and young adult populations, such as orphaned and separated children, immigrant/refugee youth, youth of color, and LGBTQ youth and young adults in low- and middle-resource contexts.