Jennifer Abe, Ph.D.







Associate Professor

Office: University hall 4751
Telephone: (310) 338-4586


B.A., Wheaton College, 1985
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1987
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1992 (Psychology)

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Help seeking for mental health services among Asian Americans; cultural competence and mental health service delivery; culture, spirituality, place, and identity; liberation psychologies

Courses Taught:

General Psychology (PSYC 100);Psychology of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity (PSYC 224/AMCS 100); Non-Experimental Methods (PSYC 265);Asian American Psychology (PSYC 398/APAM 398); Psychology, Spirituality, and Culture (PSYC 398/AMCS 398); Liberation Psychologies (PSYC 398-CBL course/alternative break to Nicaragua); Clinical and Applied Psychology (PSYC 431-CBL course); Social Psychology (PSYC 521);  Contemplatives in Action:  Psychology, Spirituality, and Liberation (PSYC 398/THST 398/CATH 398, CBL course/alternative break to a monastery and Catholic worker community in CA).

Brief Bio:

Dr. Abe joined the LMU Psychology Department in 1994. She served in the Dean’s Office as an associate dean from 2005-2010 and returned to the Department in fall 2010.  In 2013, she will be moving to Córdoba, Argentina for three years, as a faculty co-director for LMU’s Casa Argentina study abroad program. Dr. Abe conducts research related to help-seeking and cultural competence in mental health service delivery, as well as related to culture, spirituality, place, and mental health issues.

Recent Publications:

Abe, J.S. (in press). Spirituality and culture:  Implications for mental health service delivery to diverse populations.  In F. Panaguia and A.M. Yamada (Eds.), Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health (2nd ed).  Waltham, MA:  Academic Press.

Abe, J. (2012).  A community ecology approach to cultural competence:  Implications for mental health service delivery.  Asian American Journal of Psychology, 3(3), 168-180.  

Abe, J. (2011).  Sacred Place:  An interdisciplinary approach for the social sciences.  In S. Kemp, L. Burton, S. Matthews, and D. Takeuchi (Eds.), Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health:  Expanding the Boundaries of Place (pp. 145-162).  New York, NY:  Springer Press.

Goto, S. & Abe, J.S. (2010).  Psychological approaches to understanding Asian American identity.  In E.W.-C. Chen & G.J. Yoo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today, Vol 1 (pp. 399-412).  Santa Barbara, CA:  Greenwood Press.

Hwang, W.-C., Myers, H.F., Abe-Kim, J., & Ting, J. (2008).  A Conceptual Paradigm for Understanding Culture’s Impact on Mental Health: The Cultural Influences on Mental Health (CIMH) Model.  Clinical Psychology Review. 28(2), 212-228.

Abe-Kim, J., Takeuchi, D.T., Hong, S., Zane, N., Sue, S., Spencer, M.S., Appel, H., Nicdao, E., & Alegria, M. (2007).  Use of mental health-related services among immigrant and US-born Asian Americans:  Results from the National Latino and Asian American Study.  American Journal of Public Health, 97(1), 91-98.

Abe-Kim, J., Gong, F., & Takeuchi, D. (in press). Religiosity, spirituality, and help seeking among Filipino Americans: Religious clergy or mental health professionals? Journal of Community Psychology.

Brown, C., Abe-Kim, J.S., & Barrio, C. (2003). Depression in ethnically diverse women: Implications for treatment in primary care settings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34(1), 10-19.

Abe-Kim, J., Takeuchi, D., & Hwang, W.-C. (2002). Predictors of help seeking for emotional distress among Chinese-Americans: Family matters. Journal of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, 70(5), 186-1190. 

Abe-Kim, J., Takeuchi, D., & Hwang, W.-C. (in press). Predictors of help seeking for emotional distress among Chinese-Americans: Family matters. Journal of Counseling & Clinical Psychology.

Uehara, E., Morelli, P., & Abe-Kim, J. (2001). Somatic complaint and social suffering among survivors of the Cambodian Killing Fields. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 3(3/4), pp.243-262.

Abe-Kim, J., Okazaki, S., & Goto, S. G. (2001). Unidimensional versus multidimensional approaches to the assessment of acculturation for Asian American populations. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 7(3), pp. 232-246.

Director of:

Casa Argentina (Córdoba, Argentina Study Abroad program)

Fun Facts:

Has taught two classes that have included alternative break experiences, one involving a trip to Managua, Nicaragua for a week, and the other including an extended stay at a monastery and Catholic Worker community.

 Downloadable Curriculum Vitae:

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