Liew Receives Mental Health Research Grant

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 27, 2010

Jeffrey Liew, assistant professor of learning sciences in the Department of Educational Psychology, received a mental health research grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Liew will examine the influences of stereotypical beliefs and culture on the academic achievement and mental health of Chinese-American youth in Houston. Liew and his team will collect data on grade point averages; academic performance; and social, emotional and behavioral functioning for 50 adolescents. The findings may provide insights into working more effectively with Chinese-American families to promote students' academic achievement and mental health. "Asian-Americans, one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the U.S., often are labeled as 'model minorities' and are perceived as exceptionally high academic achievers," Liew says. "In fact, they may be underserved for mental health needs because of these stereotypes. They also tend to avoid seeking services when they do have mental health concerns." Liew's proposal was selected from a pool of 47 applicants from 19 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded 10 grants totaling nearly $150,000. Founded in 1940, the Hogg Foundation's grants and programs support mental health consumer services, research, policy analysis and public education projects in Texas.