Saint Martin's University

Tam Dinh

Dr. Tam Dinh, social work

Position/Discipline: assistant professor, director of field practicum, social work

Contact information
Office location: Old Main 349A
Phone: 360-412-6150
Email: tdinh@stmartin.edu


Dr. Tam Dinh joined the faculty in 2012 as the director of field practicum and assistant professor of social work. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of mental health, sociocultural protective factors, and cultural research methodology.

Dr. Dinh believes that it is critical that research in the social work field is translational to direct practice and reflective of the people served. Her research paradigm focuses on three cornerstones: translational, community-based participation, and culturally relevant. At the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Dinh had a rigorous research experience and was a part of studies such as the "Assessing Sociocultural Factors in Psychosocial Rehabilitation" study that provided guidance and feedback to the staff at Portal House in Los Angeles on how to identify sociocultural factors in their assessment in order to provide more culturally relevant services to their clients and study such as "Attitudes Toward Mental Illness" that examined the intersections of religion, mental illness, culture, and stigma.

Previous to her doctoral work, Dr. Dinh had extensive clinical and practice experience. She had over 10 years of experience working with both individuals and families in clinical and community settings. This experience ranges from being a case manager at SafeFutures working with both gang-involved youth and their families to provide holistic and integrated culturally competent case management services to her last nonacademic position at the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) where she engaged at a more administrative, organizational, and social policy leadership level. Dr. Dinh played a key role in HSD's effort to re-engineering its programming, funding, and contracting systems.

Dr. Dinh's research experience, in addition to her clinical experience, provides a strong foundation to teach evidence-based practice. She is committed to promoting and fostering the fundamental values of social work: service to others, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, integrity, importance of human relationship, and competence in the BSW program. Dr. Dinh is excited and looks forward to teaching and mentoring future social work practitioners and leaders.