Mental Health Services Providers
Xiaoping Shao, MD
Xiaoping Shao graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University (now known as Jiaotong University, School of Medicine) in the 1980s. She then taught medical Microbiology and Immunology to the medical students at her Alma Matter for serval years before coming to the United States to pursue a graduate decree in Microbiology and Molecular Biology at Louisiana State University. Afterwards, she joined a research team at the National Institute of Health (NIH) as a post-doctoral fellow searching for the master genes in neuronal development and the genetic mechanisms of this process.
She completed her psychiatric residency training at the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, MA in 2005 and has been practicing as a board certified psychiatrist for both the public and private sectors. She is currently an attending psychiatrist at the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Washington D.C., and is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor at George Washington University, School of Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
To promote awareness regarding the importance of mental health and to bread down the stigma towards mental illness among Chinese Americans, Dr. Shao has worked closely with a group of Chinese-American physicians and the staff at the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) in Montgomery County, MD, as well as the Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic within CCACC. With the collective efforts of local Chinese American physicians, educations, and the leaders of CCACC, the "Mental Health 360" program was formed in 2015, and Dr. Shao has been a leading figure in the program. In the last four years, "Mental Health 360" has collaborated with experts and academics from around the nation on the topic of culture and mental health, and has provided education to the local Chinese American community to promote the understanding of the importance of emotional well-being, as well as to enhance local community awareness of mental health.
Cixin Wang, Ph.D., NCSP
Dr. Cixin Wang is an associate professor in School Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011, and completed her post-doctoral residency fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute/John Hopkins University in 2013. Dr. Wang's research focuses on bullying prevention, youth mental health, and evidence-based treatment for Asian American families. She has published more than 50 SCI journal articles. She has experiences conducting individual and family therapies with children and adolescents with ADHC, depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, etc. She integrates client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused approaches and culturally adapt treatment for Asian American families. Dr. Wang is also dedicated to serving the Asian American communities, and has provided more than 100 hours of parenting workshops for Asian American families in the past few years. To recognize her contribution, she received the Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association in 2017.
Huixing (Kate) Lu, LCSW-C, MSW
Huixing (Kate) Lu is the Director of CCACC Health Center. Since 2011, she has been the director for the CCACC Pan Asian Volunteer Health Clinic. Kate transformed the clinic from a purely charity medical service provider to a community clinic that provides comprehensive services to meet an individual's needs by providing services from a psycho-social-medical perspective.
She graduated from the School of Social Work in Washington University in St. Louis. Kate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Maryland (LCSW-C) and Washington D.C. (LISWC). She provides clinical services including diagnosis, counseling to clients and families who suffer from mood disorders (depression, anxiety), and stress from changes in life situation. Kate is also specialized in providing support for families with children with special needs, such as autism.
Kate also served as a speaker on seminars and workshops to healthcare professionals and the general public to raise awareness of the unique mental health issues in our populations. Topics covers end of life care, caregiver supports, etc.