My current scholarship focuses on the sociocultural determinants of mental and physical health of the Asian immigrant population. I have received external and internal funding to systematically uncover new evidence regarding sociocultural factors critical to Chinese and Filipino immigrant worker health and work performance outcomes. My longer term research goals are to design effective theory-driven, community-based interventions to promote a healthier US Asian immigrant workforce.
Strong preparation in multiple methodologies enhances a scientist’s contribution to the discovery of solutions to improve human health and equality. With this orientation, I am also a well rounded researcher with well-honed qualitative research skills coupled with expertise in advanced quantitative methods. My methodological specializations include (1) qualitative and critical theory research, (2) cross-cultural research inquiry, especially with language, translation, and cross-cultural instrumentation, (3) program evaluation, and (4) advanced quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling, social network analysis, measurement).
I engage in undergraduate and graduate education through formal and informal venues. I have taught undergraduate courses focusing on knowledge and skills development for culturally competent practice and clinical practice to promote health status of multicultural communities, graduate-level community health nursing practicum/internship, and a graduate theory course on practice issues in occupational and environmental health nursing. I also share my research methodology and content expertise through guest lectures, independent studies, advising, and committee supervision.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
With my expertise in immigrant mental health and community health, I regularly provide free programmatic consultation, direct service, and technical support (e. g., proposal writing) to local ethnic minority immigrant-focused community agencies and grassroots group to enhance their capacities. I also serve as a reviewer for nursing and multidiscipline national or international scientific journals and as a grant reviewer for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Most recently, I started my term as an Associate Editor and reviewer for a new journal titled “Health Behavior and Policy Review” that will publish its first issue in early 2014.
- *Tsai, J. H.-C. & Thompson, E. A. (2013). Impact of social discrimination, job concerns, and social support on Filipino immigrant worker mental health and substance use. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 56, 1082-1094. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22223.
- Crollard, A., de Castro, A. B., & Tsai, J. H.-C. (2012). Occupational trajectories and immigrant worker health. Workplace Health & Safety, 60(11), 497-503. doi: 10.3928/21650799-20121016-68. PMCID: PMC3654177, NIHMSID: NIHMS456189 [Selected to be the CE article for the issue]
- *de Castro, A. B., Garcia, G., Gee, G. C., Tsai, J. H.-C., Rue, T., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2010). Smoking and the Asian American workforce in the National Latino and Asian American Study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53, 171-178. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.20697
- *Tsai, J. H.-C. (2009). Chinese immigrant restaurant workers’ injury and illness experiences. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, 64(2), 107-114.
- *Tsai, J. & Bruck, A. (2009). Sociocultural contexts and worker safety and health: A study of Chinese immigrant restaurant workers. AAOHN Journal, 57(2), 51-58.
(*=data based, reporting research findings)
Current Research Projects
- Principal Investigator: Interagency Networks: Foundation for Community-based OSH Intervention Research. NIOSH R21 OH009955, 2011-2014.
- Co-Principal Investigator: DNP –Community Health Prevention. HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Grant. D09HP22625. PI: Dr. Doris Boutain, 2011-2014.
- Core Faculty: Promoting Competencies of Advanced Practice Nurses in Caring for Older Adults. HRSA Advanced Education Nursing Grant. D09HP18978. PI: Dr. Basia Belza, 2011-2013.
- Core Faculty: Northwest Education and Research Center Training Grant, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN). T42 OH008433-06. Dr. Noah Seixas, Director of OEHN: Dr. Butch de Castro, 2010-2015.
- Principal Investigator: Determinants of Asian Immigrant Workers’ Mental Health and Work Performance. NIOSH K01 OH009308, 2008-2012.