Van Park, PhD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor


Dr. Van Ta Park is an Associate Professor at UCSF, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, and teaches in the Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) program. Dr. Ta Park has 20+ publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Her research areas include mental health, substance use, and intimate partner violence. Her current projects examine the barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health and related treatment, and the effectiveness of innovative and culturally appropriate programs to address mental health stigma and barriers to help-seeking. She was awarded the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD). The purpose of this three year grant (2015-18) is to culturally tailor a program to reduce stress and depression among Vietnamese American dementia caregivers. Dr. Ta Park also received a pilot grant (2017-18) from Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford Precision Health for Ethnic and Racial Equity (SPHERE) to develop and evaluate a Korean drama precision mental health curriculum among English-speaking AAPI, Vietnamese-speaking persons and Korean-speaking persons. She also has several other studies investigating the role of Korean drama to de-stigmatize mental health and help-seeking.



Ta Park V, Nguyen K, Tran Y, Yeo G, Tiet Q, Suen J, Gallagher-Thompson D. Perspectives and Insights from Vietnamese American Mental Health Professionals on How to Culturally Tailor a Vietnamese Dementia Caregiving Program. Clin Gerontol. 2018 May-Jun; 41(3):184-199.
Ta Park VM, Kaholokula JK, Chao PJ, Antonio M. Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2017 Dec 26.
Ta Park VM, Goyal D, Nguyen T, Lien H, Rosidi D. Postpartum Traditions, Mental Health, and Help-Seeking Considerations Among Vietnamese American Women: a Mixed-Methods Pilot Study. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2017 Jul; 44(3):428-441.
Goyal D, Park VT, McNiesh S. Postpartum Depression Among Asian Indian Mothers. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2015 Jul-Aug; 40(4):256-61.
Ta Park VM, Hayes DK, Humphreys J. Disparities in intimate partner violence prenatal counseling: setting a baseline for the implementation of the Guidelines for Women's Preventive Services. Hawaii J Med Public Health. 2014 May; 73(5):137-43.
Luo, L., & Ta Park, V.M.. Text 4 Health: Addressing Consumer Health Information Needs via Text Reference Service. Reference and User Services Quarterly. 2014; 53(4):326-333.
Ta Park, V.M., Luo, L., & Rosidi, D.. A Qualitative Examination about Providers’ Perceptions and Recommendations Regarding the Role of Public Librarians in Addressing Communities’ Health Literacy. QQML (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries) Journal. 2014; 3:567-582.
Hendricks PS, Westmaas JL, Ta Park VM, Thorne CB, Wood SB, Baker MR, Lawler RM, Webb Hooper M, Delucchi KL, Hall SM. Smoking abstinence-related expectancies among American Indians, African Americans, and women: potential mechanisms of tobacco-related disparities. Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 28(1):193-205.
Luo, L, & Ta Park, V.M.. Preparing Public Librarians for Consumer Health Information Service: A Nation-wide Study. Library and Information Science Research. 2013; 35(4):310-317.
Williams RJ, Kittinger DS, Ta VM, Nihoa WK, Payne C, Nigg CR. An assessment of community capacity to prevent adolescent alcohol consumption. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Sep; 13(5):670-8.
Mericle AA, Ta Park VM, Holck P, Arria AM. Prevalence, patterns, and correlates of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the United States: variations by race/ethnicity. Compr Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 53(6):657-65.
Ta VM, Holck P, Chen T, Zane N. Patients' reports about medical doctors' inquiries on their mental health: do generational status, ethnicity and mental health/substance use disorders matter? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2011 Nov; 22(4):1369-86.
Frattaroli S, Gielen AC, Piver-Renna J, Pollack KM, Ta VM. Fire prevention in Delaware: a case study of fire and life safety initiatives. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2011 Nov-Dec; 17(6):492-8.
Ta VM, Kittinger DS, Pham LA, Williams RJ, Eller LN, Nigg CR. Trends in alcohol use among Hawai'i adolescents. Hawaii Med J. 2010 Jul; 69(7):167-71.
Ta VM, Holck P, Gee GC. Generational status and family cohesion effects on the receipt of mental health services among Asian Americans: findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study. Am J Public Health. 2010 Jan; 100(1):115-21.
Ta, V.M., Chao, P., & Kaholokula, K.. Cultural identity and conceptualization of depression among Native Hawaiian women. AAPI Nexus Journal. 2010; 8(2):63-85.
Hayes DK, Ta VM, Hurwitz EL, Mitchell-Box KM, Fuddy LJ. Disparities in self-reported postpartum depression among Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women in Hawaii: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2004-2007. Matern Child Health J. 2010 Sep; 14(5):765-773.
Zhang W, Ta VM. Social connections, immigration-related factors, and self-rated physical and mental health among Asian Americans. Soc Sci Med. 2009 Jun; 68(12):2104-12.
Ta VM, Hayes D. Racial differences in the association between partner abuse and barriers to prenatal health care among Asian and native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. Matern Child Health J. 2010 May; 14(3):350-9.
Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, McFarlane E, Duggan A. A longitudinal analysis of depressive symptoms among Asian and Pacific Islander mothers at-risk for child maltreatment. Community Ment Health J. 2009 Feb; 45(1):42-55.
Ta VM, Chen T. Substance abuse among native Hawaiian women in the United States: a review of current literature and recommendations for future research. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2008 Nov; Suppl 5:411-22.
Bergen G, Frattaroli S, Ballesteros MF, Ta VM, Beach C, Gielen AC. The implementation and utility of fire incident reporting systems: the Delaware experience. J Community Health. 2008 Apr; 33(2):103-9.
Ta VM, Juon HS, Gielen AC, Steinwachs D, Duggan A. Disparities in use of mental health and substance abuse services by Asian and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander women. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2008 Jan; 35(1):20-36.
Ta VM, Frattaroli S, Bergen G, Gielen AC. Evaluated community fire safety interventions in the United States: a review of current literature. J Community Health. 2006 Jun; 31(3):176-97.
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