Jennifer Abe is a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University. She teaches courses in liberation psychologies, general psychology, and psychology, spirituality, and culture. She served as an associate dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts from 2005-10, and lived in Córdoba, Argentina between 2013-15 where she served as a founding co-director of LMU's Casa de la Mateada program. In Spring 2017, Jennifer received a research fellowship from the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University to support her research on the topic of cultural humility. Jennifer is also a senior research associate with the Psychology Applied Research Center at LMU for the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP).
University of California, Los Angeles: Ph. D, Psychology 1992
University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Psychology 1987
Wheaton College: B.A., Psychology 1985
With high honors
Areas of Expertise (3)
Help-seeking for mental health services among Asian Americans
Cultural competence/cultural humility in mental health service delivery
Asian American mental health
- LMU-Psychology Applied Research Center (PARC)
- LMU-Casa de la Mateada program
- American Psychological Association
- Asian American Psychological Association
- Spanish (intermediate)
- Japanese (Basic conversation)
Psychology, Spirituality, and Culture
PSYC 398/AMCS 398
Liberation Psychologies: Theory and Praxis
PSYC 3998 -Engaged Learning flag with activities in South LA
Liberation Psychologies: Advanced Research Methods
PSYC 3998- Engaged Learning and Quantitative Reasoning flag with community based participatory research in South LA
Contemplatives in Action: Psychology, Spirituality, and Liberation
PSYC 398/THST 398, CBL course/alternative break to a monastery and Catholic worker community in CA
Oh, H., Abe, J., Negi, N., & DeVylder, J. (2015). Immigration and psychotic experiences in the United States: Another example of the epidemiological paradox? Psychiatry Research, 229, 784-790.
Abe, J. (2013). Spirituality and Culture: Implications for Mental Health Service Delivery to Diverse Populations. In F.A. Paniagua and A.-M. Yamada (Eds.) Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health (pp. 147-166). Oxford: Academic Press.
Abe, J. (2012). A community ecology approach to cultural competence: Implications for mental health service delivery. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 3(3), 168-180.
Abe-Kim, J., Takeuchi, D.T., Hong, S., Zane, N., Sue, S., Spencer, M.S., Appel, H., Nicdao, E., & Alegria, M. (2007). Use of mental health-related services among immigrant and US-born Asian Americans: Results from the National Latino and Asian American Study. American Journal of Public Health, 97(1), 91-98.
Abe-Kim, J., Gong, F., & Takeuchi, D. (2004). Religiosity, spirituality, and help seeking among Filipino Americans: Religious clergy or mental health professionals? Journal of Community Psychology, 32(6), 675-689.