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Thao  Le

Name :

Thao Le

Title :

Associate Professor, FamR

Unit :

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Address :

2515 Campus Road
                    Honolulu, HI 96822

Room :

Miller Hall 201G

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Professional Prep/Appointments :

2004 Ph.D., University of California, Davis
1994 M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley
1992 B.S., University of California, Irvine
1992 B.A., University of California, Irvine

Projects :

Externally-Funded Projects as PI
         (2014-2015) Mindfulness-Based Development Training. Office of Youth Services ($16,500).
         (2011-2013) Hawaii Military Youth Adventure Camp: Military Community, Family & Youth Extension Program. DOD, Office of Family Policy, Children & Youth and USDA/NIFA ($99,017).  
          (2011-2012) Mindfulness as Youth Suicide Prevention Intervention for Native Americans. American Psychological Foundation Visionary Funds Grant ($20,000).
          (2008-2010) School Context and Developmental Patterns of Delinquency and Violence among Immigrant Youth. Russell Sage Foundation ($61,568).
          (2007-2009) Capacity Building for Organizations Empowering Communities against Youth Violence. HHS Administration for Children and Families grant to National Council on Crime and Delinquency ($400,000; Subcontract to CSU, $131, 407).
          (2007-2008) Evaluation of Creative Interventions: Community-Based Domestic Violence Intervention Project. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to Creative Interventions ($350,000; Subcontract to CSU, $5,000).
Internally-Funded Awards as PI at University of Hawaii Manoa
             (2012-2014) Mindfulness-Based Intervention to Promote Positive Youth Development.HATCH & Extension Smith Lever Funds/USDA/NIFA ($65,000)
Externally-Funded Projects as Co-PI
         (2010-2011) Rocky Mountain Adventure Camp: Extension-Military Collaboration. DOD/USDA-NIFA ($215,000).
Internally-Funded Awards as PI at Colorado State University
         (2009-2010) Multiculturalism & Youth Violence: Settings & Processes. Colorado Injury Control Research Center. ($15,000).
         (2009-2010) Multiculturalism: Settings, Processes, and Positive Youth Development. College of Applied Human Sciences mini-grant. ($0 because of college budget cuts)

Consultant, Lead Investigator
         (2005-2010) Center on Culture, Immigration and Youth Violence Prevention Center. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. (PI = Frank Zimring; $5 million).

Selected Courses Taught:

Current Course at UH Manoa
FAMR 333 Adolescent & Early Adulthood
FAMR 491 Mindfulness & Skillful Living
Courses Taught at Colorado State University
HDFS 311 Adolescent Development & Early Adult Development
HDFS 312 Adult Development & Aging
HDFS 492 Program Proposal/Senior Seminar
HDFS 550 Research Methods
HDFS 592 Grant Writing
HDFS 612 Adolescent Development

Professional Development Courses
PDE3  Mindfulness & Skillful Learning/Living

Research Interests :

Mindfulness-based prevention/intervention programs; Youth development (delinquency, resiliency, and positive youth development); ethnic minority & at-risk populations; cross-cultural issues related to prevention and translational sciences

Selected Publications :

Le., T.N., & Proulx, J. (2015). Feasibility of mindfulness-based intervention for mixed-ethnic Asian/Pacific Islander incarcerated youth. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication.
Le, T.N.
, & Trieu, D. (2015). Translating and implementing a mindfulness-based positive youth development program in Vietnam. Health Promotion International. 10.1093/heapro/dau101
Le, T.N., & Gobert, J. (2015). Translating & implementing a mindfulness-based youth suicide prevention intervention in a Native American community. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(1), 12-23. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-013-9809-z

Le, T.N. & Shim, P. (2014). Mindfulness and the aloha response. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(1) 1-11.

Le, T.N.(2014). Mindfulness-based adventure camp for military youth. Journal of Extension, 52(2), #2FEA5.

Le, T.N., & Doukas, K.M. (2013). Making meaning of turning points in life review: Values, wisdom, and life satisfaction. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging.doi: 10.1080/15528030.2013.765367
Goebert, D., Le, T.N., & Sugimoto-Matsuda, J. (2012). Violence, Asian Americans, and health. In G. Yoo, M.N. Le, & A. Oda (eds). The Handbook of Asian American Health.
Le, T.N., Johansen, S. (2012).The relationship between perceived school multiculturalism and interpersonal violence: An exploratory study. Journal of School Health, 81(11), 688-695.
Le, T.N. & Stockdale, G. (2011). The influence of school demographic factors and perceived student discrimination on delinquency trajectory in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49(40< 407-413.
Le, T.N., Arifufku, I., Vuong, L., Tran, G., Lustig, D.F., & Zimring, F. (2011). Community mobilization & community-based participatory research to prevent youth violence among Asian and immigrant populations. American Journal of Community Psychology. 48 (1-2), 77-88. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-010-9413-y.
Chang, J., & Le, T.N. (2010). Multiculturalism as a dimension of school climate: The impact on the academic achievement of Asian American and Hispanic youth. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Le, T.N. (2010). Life satisfaction, openness value, self-transcendence, and wisdom. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10902-010-9182-1
Le, T.N., Lai, M., & Wallen, J. (2009). Multiculturalism and subjective happiness as mediated by cultural and relational variables. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 15(3), 303-313.
Le, T.N., Goebert, D., & Wallen, J. (2009). Acculturation factors and substance use among Asian American youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 30(3),453-473. doi: 10.1007/s10935-009-0184-x (rejection rate 2008 = 80%) Le, T.N., & Stockdale, G. (2008). Acculturative dissonance, ethnic identity, and youth violence. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(1), 1-9. Published as the FEATURE ARTICLE of this volume.
Le, T.N., & Wallen, J. (2008). Risks of non-familial violent physical and emotional victimization in four Asian ethnic groups. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 11(3), 174-187. doi: 10.1007/s10903-007-9100-8.
Le, T.N. (2008). Cultural values, life experiences, and wisdom. The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 66(4), 259-281.
Le, T.N. (2008). Age differences in spirituality, mystical experiences, and wisdom. Ageing & Society, 28(3), 383-411.
Ngo, H., & Le, T.N. (2007). Stressful life events, culture, and violence. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 9. 75-84. 10.1007/s10903-006-9018-6.
Le, T.N., Tov, W., & Taylor, J. (2007). Religiousness and depressive symptoms in five ethnic adolescent groups. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 209-230.
Spencer, J., & Le, T.N. (2006). Parent refugee status, immigration stressors, and Southeast Asian youth violence. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 8, 359-368. doi: 10.1007/s10903-006-9006-x.
Le, T.N., & Kato, T. (2006). The role of peer, parent, and culture in risky sexual behaviors for Cambodian and Lao/Mien adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39(3), 288-296.
Le, T.N., & Arifuku, I. (2006). Moving picture of API youth: A case for disaggregate data on youth victimization and delinquency. Amerasia Journal, 29-41.
Le, T.N., & Stockdale, G. (2005). Individualism, collectivism, and delinquency in Asian American adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34(4), 681-691.
Le, T.N. (2005). Non-Familial victimization among Asian Pacific Islander: The Oakland experience. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 3(3), 49-64.
Le, T.N., Monfared, G., & Stockdale, G. (2005). The relationship of school attachment, parent engagement, and peer delinquency with self-reported delinquency for Chinese, Cambodian, Lao/Mien, and Vietnamese youth. Crime and Delinquency, 51(2), 192-219. DOI: 10.1177/0011128704273466.
Go, C.C., & Le, T. N. (2005). Gender differences in Cambodian delinquency: The role of ethnic identity, parental discipline, and peer delinquency. Crime and Delinquency, 51(2), 220- 237. doi: 10.1177/0011128704273466. Chang, J., Le, T.N. (2005). The Influence of parents, peer delinquency, and school attitudes on academic achievement for Chinese, Cambodian, Laotian-Mien, and Vietnamese youth. Crime and Delinquency, 51(2), 238-264. doi: 10.1177/0011128704273469.
Le, T., Arifuku, I., Nunez, M. (2003). Girls and culture in delinquency intervention: A case study of RYSE. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 54(3), 25-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6988.2003.tb00078.x.
Le, T. (2002). Asian Pacific Islander and delinquency: A review of literature and research. The Justice Professional, 15(1), 57-70. doi: 10.1080/08884310212825.
Jenkins, C. Le, T., McPhee, S., Stewart, S., & Ha, T. (1996). Health care access and preventive care among Vietnamese immigrants: Do traditional beliefs and practices pose barriers? Social Science and Medicine, 43(7), 1049-1056.