Huong Nguyen, PhD, MSW, MA

Clinical Associate Professor
Huong Nguyen

Contact

Office Address

6-179 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Titles

Clinical Associate Professor

Education

PhD, University of Chicago
Major: Social Work

MA, University of Chicago
Major: Social Work

MA, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Major: Communications

BA, Hanoi Foreign Trade University
Major: Foreign Trade Economics

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Biography

Bio

Huong Nguyen, PhD, MSW, MA is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and instructor at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Dr. Nguyen was social work faculty at the University of South Carolina, where she was also the Global Carolina Regional Director for Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Born and raised in Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen had diverse training in economics and mass communication before receiving her PhD in social work from the University of Chicago (2010). As the first person in post-war Vietnam with a doctoral degree in social work, Dr. Nguyen is an authoritative source in the emerging field of social work in Vietnam. Her research focuses on understanding the root causes of mental disorders and how to effectively treat them. For the last 10 years, she has been conducting extensive research at Buddhist temples in Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries, training rigorously with Buddhist masters. She aims to ultimately develop a therapy to treat mental health problems by bridging Western and Eastern wisdom. Dr. Nguyen is currently a principal investigator in a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health aiming at testing an intervention to reduce burden and stress for Vietnamese family caregivers of elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to being a scholar, Dr. Nguyen is an award-winning best-selling author of nine fictional and non-fictional books. She uses her creative works to raise public awareness about social problems and social justice. She has been awarded the Motivating Woman Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Vietnamese Social Work by the Vietnamese Government, and other recognitions from the United States and Vietnam.

Research Summary

Buddhism-based psychosocial interventions; Alzheimer's diseases and related dementias; Mind - Body Interventions; Mental Health and Spirituality; Global Mental Health; International Social Work; Buddhist Social Work; Buddhist Nursing.

Publications

Books

Nguyen, H. (2021, under pen-name Phan Viet). The heart of void. Vietnamese Writers’ Association Press: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2017, under pen-name Phan Viet). Unhappiness is an asset (Volume 3: Coming Home). Vietnamese Writers’ Association Press: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2016, under pen-name Phan Viet). America, America and latest short stories. Vietnamese Writers’ Association Press: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2014, under pen-name Phan Viet). Unhappiness is an asset (Volume 2: Across America). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H., & Phong Diep (2014, under pen-name Phan Viet). The rubric cube (Collection of short stories). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2013, under pen-name Phan Viet): Unhappiness is an asset (Volume 1: Alone in Europe). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Khuat, T. H., Le, B. D., & Nguyen, H. (2010) (In Vietnamese and English). “Easy to joke about but hard to talk about: Sexuality in contemporary Vietnam”. Tri Thuc Publishing House: Hanoi, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2009, under pen-name Phan Viet). Nuoc My, nuoc My (America, America). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2008, under pen-name Phan Viet). Tieng Nguoi (Voices). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Nguyen, H. (2005, under pen-name Phan Viet). Phu Phiem Truyen (The Book of Vanity). Tre Publishing House: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Refereed Journal Articles

Tran, D., Nguyen, H., Pham, T., Nguyen, A. T., Nguyen, H. T., Nguyen, N. B., Harvey, D., & Hinton, L. (2022). Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health in Vietnam (REACH VN): Exploratory Analyses of Outcomes of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Test the Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Family Dementia Caregiver Intervention in Vietnam. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(8), 878-882.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2022.04.011

Tran, D., Nguyen, H., Pham, T., Nguyen, A. T., Nguyen, H. T., Nguyen, N. B., Harvey, D., & Hinton, L.  (2022). Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health in Vietnam (REACH VN): Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Test the Efficacy of a Family Dementia Caregiver Intervention in Vietnam. Trials, 23(1), 377. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-022-06228-6

Nguyen, H., Hinton, L., Nguyen, T., & Pham, D. (2021). “It’s extremely hard but it’s not a burden”: A qualitative study of family caregiving for people living with dementia in Vietnam. PLoS ONE, 16(11).
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0259788

Nguyen, T., Levkoff, S. & Nguyen, H. (2021). “He is just getting old, you know”: The role of cultural and health beliefs in shaping the help-seeking process of family members caring for persons with dementia in Vietnam. Ethnicity & Health, 27(7), 1630–1651.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2021.1922612

Hinton, L., Nguyen, H., Nguyen, H. T., Harvey, D. J., Nichols, L., Martindale-Adams, J., Nguyen, B. T., Nguyen, B., Nguyen, A. N., Nguyen, C. H., Nguyen, T., Nguyen, T. L., Nguyen, A., Nguyen, N. B., Tiet, Q. Q., Nguyen, T. A., Nguyen, P. Q., Nguyen, T. A., & Pham, T. (2021). Advancing family dementia caregiver interventions in low and middle-income countries: A pilot cluster randomized controlled trial of Resources for Advancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health in Vietnam (REACH VN). Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 6(1). 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/trc2.12063

Nguyen, H. (2020). An overview of health social work in the world and recommendations for Vietnam. Journal of Health and Development Studies, 4(1), 8-13.

Nguyen, H., & Hinton, L. (2020). Applying Buddhism to enhance the skills and well-being of interventionists in a clinical trial to support family caregivers of persons living with Alzheimer’s disease in Vietnam. Social Work Journal of the National University of Mongolia, 2020 Special Issue: Integration of Diversity and Culturally Sensitive Practices in Social Work, 34-40.

Nguyen, T.A., Pham, T., Dang, T. H., Nguyen, A. T., Pham, L. T., Crotty, M., Kurrle, S., Bui, Q. T., Nguyen, H., & Roughead, E. (2019). Towards the development of Vietnam National Dementia Plan: The first step of action. Australasian Journal of Ageing, 39(2), 137-141. 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12755

Nguyen, H. (2018). Preserving multiple identities in an interconnected world through non-attachment to identities: A self case study of a Buddhist social work. The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, Special Edition on Vesak Celebrations Conference, 311-325.

Nguyen, T. A., Nguyen, H., Pham, T., Nguyen, T. H., & Hinton, L. (2018). A cluster randomized controlled trial to test the feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of a family dementia caregiver intervention in Vietnam: the REACH VN study protocol. Medicine, 97(42). 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.000000000012553

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Advancing Alzheimer's family caregiving interventons and research capacity in Vietnam
Principal Investigator: Nguyen, Huong Thi Ngoc
Sponsoring Organization: University of California, Davis
Award Dates: 2021 - 2022

Award: Advancing Alzheimer's family caregiving interventons and research capacity in Vietnam
Principal Investigator: Nguyen, Huong Thi Ngoc
Sponsoring Organization: University of California, Davis
Award Dates: 2021 - 2024