New Faculty – Keith Chan

Dr. Keith Chan is a new Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dr. Chan is a Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Asian RCMAR scientist, Hartford Doctoral Fellow and alumnus of the Minority Fellowship Program. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his MSW and Ph.D. from Boston College. His work is focused on the social determinants of physical and mental health across the lifespan, in particular for Asian Americans, immigrants, older adults and more recently, the impact of the opioid epidemic on mental health of vulnerable populations.

Since 1997, Dr. Chan has engaged in direct practice with persons diagnosed with serious mental illness within minority and immigrant populations, and includes service with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and various non-profit and community-based organizations. In 2018, he was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as a Council Member of the New York State Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council. He currently also serves as Co-Chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) track at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and Vice President of the Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA). At the Silberman School of Social Work, Dr. Chan teaches Social Work Research and Practice with Older Adults.