Naomi Chan, RN, is a second year student in the PMHNP program at Vanderbilt University’s School of Nursing (VUSN). Currently, Ms. Chan works at the Shade Tree Clinic, a community-based organization that serves people without insurance. In this role, she works to connect patients with mental health resources in the community. She also serves as the co-president of VUSN’s Asian American/Pacific Islander Student Nurses Group, where she advocates for mental health issues uniquely impacting the Asian American population.
Prior to her enrollment at VUSN, Ms. Chan was a Research Assistant at the Stress and Coping Lab, where she assisted in research to find therapy-based strategies to decrease the incidence of depression in at-risk pre-adolescents. Ms. Chan has also served as a Domestic Policy Intern at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. where she researched current legislation regarding career and technical education services, as well as methods to improve these opportunities for people who are a part of a low socioeconomic group.
After completion of the PMHNP program, Ms. Chan plans to provide culturally competent mental healthcare for adolescents, particularly in the Asian, Asian American, and immigrant populations.