MD, Psychiatrist Consultant
Jennifer Tu, MD, UCA WAVES Psychiatrist Consultant and previous WAVES Coordinator, is currently a psychiatry resident at UCLA Semel Institute. She received her MD from Duke School of Medicine and Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School as a Theology, Medicine, and Culture fellow. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Neurobiology and Global Health/Health Policy. In 2016, she was selected to be a Luce Scholar in Taipei, Taiwan, where she learned about and researched caring for people with dementia.
Jennifer is committed to promoting mental health and wellness, preventing suicide, and advocating for antiracism particularly among minoritized communities, through her vocation as a physician, identity as a Chinese American, and faith as a Christian.
A child of immigrants, Jennifer grew up hearing about her parents’ stories of survival during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and has worked toward reconciling their stories of loss, immigration, and resilience with her own. She is passionate about building human connections across generations and hopes to address transgenerational trauma with the UCA WAVES team.
Please see the following op-eds that Jennifer recently published:
- April 29, 2021: “Who Will Sweep the Tombs?” published by Inheritance Magazine.
- May 26, 2021: “What fuels anti-Asian hate” published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.