Dr. HuiChing Wu is a professor of Social Work at National Taiwan University, a LCSW in Taiwan. She has over 23 years clinical experience in mental health, substance use and criminal justice and conduct more than 25 evidence based studies funded by Ministry of Science and Technology (NOST), Ministry Health of and Welfare (NOHW), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), or city government. The study topics focus on the female substance use, family based intervention, mental health, stigma, human rights and trauma. She also had projects or publications involving international collaboration with TRI and Upenn in Philadelphia, HK Baptist University, and Oxford University/NIHR in UK.
Her specific research interests are female and drug user family interventions, trauma-informed care, and community reentry. For the female drug use inmates, they would encounter several challenges (e.g. being stigmatized and traumatized, housing, taking parenting and family support role, employment etc.) after post-incarceration and need more health, justice and social services system to assist them. She used the feminist approach to analyze the diverse needs of female drug use inmates reentry the community and how to be satisfied by the the systems. In addition, she implemented the indigenized Sucht Hilfe Familien Training (SHIFT) approach to educate parental substance users properly parenting their children and to prevent from maltreatment or physiological development.
Dr. Wu will contribute to the HEALing Communities study, leveraging her research including her project "The predictors of community reentry for female drug use inmates." The study investigated how the formal care system (social service, justice, and health care system) contributes to the female inmates reintegration.
Dr. Wu is also a co-director of Taipei Medical Demonstration Center for the Drug Addiction Treatment where provides the best practice, training, education and empirical study for the substance users, caregivers, and practitioners. She participated in policy making, criminal justice and mental health welfare reform by serving in the national and local government committee board.
Dr. Wu holds a PhD in Social Work Practice Track from Columbia University (2005), a MSW degree from School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania (1998), and BA in Sociology from Fu-Jen Catholic University (1992).