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Camillia Lui, PhD, MPH

Camillia K. Lui, PhD, is an Associate Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group. 

Her research applies a life-course and intergenerational perspective to better understand social and health disparities during the transition from adolescence to adulthood through two approaches. First, her research focuses on social determinants of health as well as alcohol/drug abuse prevention for adolescents and young adults, using qualitative and quantitative methods. Second, through collaboration with community organizations, Lui is interested in transplanting research findings to practice by tailoring alcohol/drug abuse prevention programs to build capacity for families, schools and communities to ensure opportunities for successful transitions into adulthood.

She has previously served as program manager for two NIH-funded studies and as an evaluation consultant for nonprofit organizations serving racial/ethnic minority communities.

Lui completed a doctorate in community health sciences and a dual master's degree in public health and Asian American studies, all from UC Los Angeles.

California Reducing Disparities Project

Phase II: Asian and Pacific Islander Technical Assistance Provider: Special Service for Groups

The California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) is a statewide prevention and early intervention effort to achieve mental health equity for populations most affected by disparities —African Americans; Asian and Pacific Islanders (API); Latinos; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ); and Native American/Alaska Native. The goal of Phase 2 is to demonstrate the effectiveness of “Community Defined Evidence Practices” (CDEPs) in preventing or reducing mental health problems through a rigorous community-participatory evaluation process over the 5-year period.

As the Technical Assistance Provider for the API population, we provide ongoing and culturally-responsive consultation, training, and capacity-building for the 7 API Implementation Pilot Projects (IPPs) throughout California. We ground our TA services through a strength-based, peer-learning, and community-driven approach. CRDP is funded by Proposition 64, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). 

National Alcohol Research Center Pilot Studies: Pilot 5: Socioeconomic Status and Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment ... in Young Adulthood

In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, this National Alcohol Research Center pilot study is examining the role of socioeconomic status across key phases of alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse treatment in adolescence and post-treatment AOD behaviors in young adulthood. Findings will identify ways to improve current interventions and policies that reduce disparities in AOD treatment among adolescents and young adults. Nina Mulia and Doug Polcin serve as co-mentors for this study.


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