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David Takeuchi

University of Washington School of Social Work

Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence

David Takeuchi, a sociologist whose research focuses on health and help-seeking among racial, ethnic and immigrant populations, is associate dean for faculty excellence. In this position, he identifies ways for faculty, researchers and doctoral students to establish new research programs, enhance career trajectories and uncover new scholarship opportunities.

As a researcher, Takeuchi helped lay the foundations for the study of ethnic minority mental health and has written extensively on issues related to health disparities in society.  He has broad experience in research design, sampling strategies for diverse populations, and data analyses using a variety of statistical methods, and is a strong proponent for developing interdisciplinary research-driven approaches. 

Takeuchi received the Legacy Award from the Family Research Consortium for his research and mentoring services, and was selected for the Innovations Award from the National Center on Health and Health Disparities for his research contributions. In 2011, he received the UW Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for his ability to inspire students. 


Takeuchi was awarded the Leonard Pearlin Award for his contributions to the sociological study of mental health from the American Sociological Association (ASA) as well as ASA’s Distinguished Contributions to the Study of Asian American Communities. He is an elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, Sociological Research Association, and American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

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Bongki Woo

University of South Carolina College of Social Work

Associate Professor

Bongki Woo, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. He has joined the ML-SAAF team in 2020. Woo’s research focuses on social and environmental determinants of health disparities of racial/ethnic minorities. His primary work focuses on how racial discrimination is related to mental health and what sociocultural factors account for this linkage. He received his Ph.D. from the Boston College School of Social Work and previously earned his MSW degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Michael Park

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Michael Park studies the social determinants of mental health and disparities in mental health service utilization. Before joining Rutgers University as Assistant Professor he was at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis as a NIMH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow. Michael received his PhD from the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago in 2020. He applies an interdisciplinary lens to his research, holding masters’ degrees in social work and biostatistics from the University of Chicago, and having completed advanced interdisciplinary coursework in public health, human development, and social inequality.

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