Chien-Juh Gu

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Chien-Juh Gu
Associate Professor of Sociology
(269) 387-5243
3220 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5257
Mailing address: 
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5257 USA
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Michigan State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Sociology of mental health
  • Gender and mental health
  • Medical sociology

Dr. Chien-Juh Gu is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University.

Gu’s research examines how the interlocking factors of gender, immigration, culture and social relations affect Taiwanese Americans’ psychological well-being. She is working on a project exploring changes of immigrant women’s self-concepts in different phases of settlement as well as their impact on the women’s mental health. Other research topics that interest her include young Asian American women’s suicide behavior and prevention, medicalization of depression in Taiwan and women’s mental health issues in East Asia.

Gu teaches graduate-level courses on the subjects of sex and gender as well as the self and social identities; her undergraduate courses are on social psychology and research methods. In the future, she plans to offer graduate courses on the social psychology of health care and political economy of women’s health.

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