Evelyn Lee Visiting Scholar Lectureship in Cultural Competence and Diversity

The annual Evelyn Lee Visiting Scholar Lecture in Cultural Competency and Diversity is sponsored by the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Committee in remembrance of Evelyn Lee, EdD, who served as a clinical faculty member for more than twenty years before her passing in 2003. The lectureship aims to to further her mission of expanding diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of mental health by bringing prominent experts to share their experiences and expertise with campus trainees, faculty, and staff.

The 2023 Evelyn Lee Visiting Scholar Lecture

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is honored to welcome Stanford University's Teresa D. LaFromboise, PhD, as the 18th Evelyn Lee Visiting Scholar on October 11, 2023. She will deliver her lecture, titled "Development, Evaluation, and Dissemination of the American Indian Life Skills Suicide Prevention Intervention", as part of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds series at 12:00 p.m. PDT in the UCSF Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building's Lisa Stone Pritzker Auditorium and Convening Center. This event will also be streamed live via Zoom.

Registration for this event is now available as part of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds series. Select the Oct. 11 event to attend this lecture.


About this year's honoree


Teresa D. LaFromboise, PhD

Teresa LaFromboise, PhD, is a counseling psychologist by training and a professor of education in Developmental and Psychological Sciences in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her research has focused on efforts of non-dominant racial/ethnic groups to thrive in the face of adversity including acculturation demands, discrimination, and major life challenges. She has extensive experience in developing and testing school and community-based psychological interventions with AI/AN adolescents, as exemplified in the American Indian Life Skills Curriculum (AILS).

LaFromboise has long-standing collaborations with tribal communities in the area of AI/AN education and health. She contributes to the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and the Child Health Research Institute at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to extensive clinical experience with AI/AN populations, she chairs the Native American Studies program at Stanford University. She is a past president of the Society of Indian Psychologists, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a past member of the Committee on Rural Health of the American Psychological Association. She is currently conducting research in a community-initiated study of school belonging, cultural revitalization, and academic engagement in a reservation secondary school and tribal college.

Previous lectureship honorees

About Evelyn Lee, EdD

Evelyn Yee-Wai Miu Lee Fong, EdD, was born on June 25, 1944, in Macau, China. She received her BA in social work at Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1963. She went on to graduate from Case Western Reserve University with an MSSA in social work in 1968. Lee worked at Boston's South Cove Community Health Center from 1976 to 1980 as the director of mental health, social services and health education before moving on to receive her doctorate in mental health administration at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1983. Between 1980 and 1982, she served as a social science analyst for the federal government in Washington, D.C. In 1982, she joined the Asian Focus Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at San Francisco General Hospital as program director, as well as being appointed assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 1988, she founded the Chinese Family Alliance of Mentally Ill, and in 1992, helped to organize the NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, both in San Francisco.

In 1999, Lee was promoted to clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF. She served as a consultant on cultural competence and diversity for many community health and mental health organizations, schools, hospitals and local, state, and federal government agencies, such as the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, Georgetown University, the California Department of Mental Health, and Texas Department of Mental Health.

An author of more than 30 publications, Lee wrote and taught on topics such as cross-cultural communication (including the use of interpreters), refugee trauma, immigrant acculturation, intergenerational conflict resolution, the role of religion, and complementary/alternative/integrative medicine approaches. In 1988, she authored the widely used parenting handbook Ten Principles for Raising Chinese American Teens, which was subsequently translated and adapted into Chinese and Vietnamese. She was widely respected and loved in the mental health field and the Asian-American community as a clinician, administrator, teacher, author, community advocate, and humanitarian.