Mental Health in Southeast Asia

Focus of our work:

1. Development and support of the Vietnam National University Master's Program and PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, established in 2009 and 2016. They are the first evidence-based graduate mental health programs, and the first research-focused programs in mental health in Vietnam. They are linked to our collaboration with the Department of Psychology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia).

2. Child and adolescent mental health, with focus on (a) assessment of cultural effects on the development and treatment of mental health problems, and (b) school-based and internet-based interventions.

3. Spousal interpersonal-violence (IPV).

4. Substance abuse treatment.

5. Community-based treatment of depression.

6. Smoking prevention and cessation.

7. The mental and physical health functioning of adults exposed to frequent, non-catastrophic natural disasters, the frequency of which is increasing as part of global climate change.

Bahr Weiss [Email]
Psychology and Human Development

Hanoi, Danang, HCMC, Vietnam; Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Contacts N/A
Program Type

Service or mission trips
Training or education

Funding Type




Global Health Topics

Education, Epidemiology, Mental Health, Substance Abuse


Graduate students (non-clinical); Medical students (MD); Nursing students (MSN, DNP); Post-doctoral students, residents, or trainees; Faculty members

Program Length

6 to 12 months; 1 year or more; Flexible, depending on the individuals interests and needs

VU Affiliation

The program is affiliated with Vanderbilt.


The program does not have a language requirement.