Tam Dinh, Ph.D.

Program Director of Social Work

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Southern California (USC)

Old Main 328
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503


“I loved building up this program and being able to put my thumbprint on it. ... It was easy to build a social work program here because the field naturally aligns with the Benedictine values of hospitality and respect for persons.”

Tam Q. Dinh, Ph.D., LICSW, is an Associate professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Saint Martin’s University.  Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of diversity and cross-cultural mental health, military social work, and religion/spirituality.  Recently she presented “Clergy’s strategies to address the mental health needs of Asian American communities: Practice and policy implications for the Vietnamese community”  at the 1st International Conference on Psychological Trauma and Support Activities in Ha Noi, Viet Nam.  Although Dr. Dinh presents nationally and internationally, she is most proud of her workshops and presentations regarding the intersectionalities of spirituality, culture and mental health issues in the local Asian communities, where she has been able to directly share her research with individuals and communities most impacted by mental health issues.

Prior to her academic work, Dr. Dinh worked for more than 10 years with children, youth and families in clinical and community settings. This experience ranges from being a case manager at SafeFutures, where she worked 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 where she engaged at an administrative, organizational, and social policy leadership level.