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P.E.A.R.L. Institute trains, conducts, and supports researchers involved in the generation and dissemination of knowledge in comparative studies contributing to service for Asian-Pacific Islander populations. Evidence-based, culturally relevant studies in diverse AAPI groups are needed for practitioners to comprehensively serve these communities and to ensure equitable service outcomes. Research on curriculum development, with a specific focus on an East-West cultural integration and training manual development for specific areas of practice, is encouraged. Research projects can be fully or partially funded through grants provided by the Institute.


Conference/Symposium Development
In collaboration with major universities and research institutes internationally, we have developed international conferences in New York, Toronto, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Cambodia with various topics under the themes of evidence-based evaluation and practice, social work clinical competence, social policy, children and family services, and more.

At this stage, P.E.A.R.L. Institute is promoting its international conference development with emphasis on cross-cultural integration, effective evidence-based service delivery, and the application of digital knowledge in social work education.

Universities and organizations are encouraged to contact the Institute for future conference collaboration.

Upcoming Research in 2022

Efficacy of Chinese Wellness Self-Management (C-WSM)

P.E.A.R.L. Institute has developed a handbook for Chinese wellness self-management (C-WSM), which adopts a culturally congruent, recovery-oriented, curriculum-based group practice design and can be served as a strength-based, action-oriented, participatory service model for Chinese adults with serious mental health problems who had been hospitalized. This culturally compatible comprehensive patients’ handbook has integrated traditional Chinese healing and Western medicine technique to support health self-management and decrease hospital readmission. This handbook has been partially adopted in practice but has never been evaluated.

This research project is to 1) introduce the C-WSM to Chinese adults with mental illness recruited in two cities in China (Shanghai, Guangzhou) and one city in the US (New York), 2) comprehensively examine the effectiveness of C-WSM among Chinese people in terms of behaviors and symptoms, pain experience, social supports and overall level of life satisfaction, 3) compare the effectiveness of C-WSM among Chinese in different community/social context, and 4) explore the structural and cultural factors associated with the effectiveness of C-WSM.

Impacts of Covid-19, Discrimination and Xenophobia on International Students

The study aims to understand the major concerns, stress level and mental health status of the international students in the US, to what extent they have perceived the racial discrimination and xenophobia, and what coping strategies they have adopted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project will also explore the impact of perceived racial discrimination and xenophobia on the international students’ stress level and mental health - what the factors contributing to the students’ mental health are.

Chinese Validation of Social Work OSCE (SW-OSCE)

The Social Work OSCE (SW-OSCE) is an adaptation of OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) as a tool for assessing performance in social work practice; its validation and utility in the US context has been tested (Lu, et al, 2011). The SW-OSCE also has demonstrated the potential for evaluating the outcomes of social work educational programs. This project is to 1) translate the SW-OSCE into Chinese, 2) make appropriate adjustments given the Chinese culture and structural considerations in China, and 3) validate the Chinese version in terms of evaluating social work educational programs in China.

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