Edwina Satsuki Uehara

Dr. Edwina Satsuki Uehara is professor and the inaugural holder of the Ballmer Endowed Deanship in Social Work, University of Washington School of Social Work. She holds a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Eastern Washington University; an MSW from the University of Michigan; and a PhD from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Prior to her deanship, Dr. Uehara served as the School of Social Work’s associate dean for Educational Initiatives from 1998-2002 and acting dean in 2001-2002.

Dr. Uehara’s scholarly interests center on understanding the interplay of social structures and the cultural construction of health, illness and healing. Her federally funded research has examined the social networks, mental health, health-seeking and service use patterns of Asian-American and African-American community members. Her current work explores the moral, political and service implications of the trauma narratives created by Cambodian-American survivors of the Killing Fields.

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