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 Researcher and Practitioner. Their appointment at CHPIR is three-fold and combines and integrates over a decade of community development practitioner experience, doctoral and research training in community psychology, and expertise in ethical visual storytelling. Much of their research interests go beyond an individual focus to integrate more community- and systems- level influences into intervention strategies that promote mental health and well-being, 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.

    Their key qualifications and skills include: 

    • 16 years of domestic and international development work experience across 11 countries based in South and Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, and the Southern United States, embracing collaborative and trauma-informed strategies to address social issues concerning marginalized youth and families.
    • 12 years of quantitative and qualitative social science research experience on topics ranging from the mental health of sexual and gender minorities, orphaned and separated children’s well-being, child and adolescent bullying and peer victimization prevention, adolescent dating violence, to adolescent substance-use risk reduction.
    • 12 years of public and global health 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 families.
    • Advanced academic background in community and global development with a doctoral degree in International Family & Community Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology.
    • Extensive global immersion and cross-cultural work experience with 4+ years of living and working abroad in developing country contexts as well as personal and professional visits to 28 countries across 5 continents.
    • Relationship-building skills, tying local, global, public, and private sectors together and acting as a bridge-builder for existing stakeholders through effective dialogue, negotiation, and communication.
    • Diverse communication skills, including proficiency in written communication for academic, professional, and general audiences, as well as visual communications such as photography, social media, infographic design, and website design.