Contributor biographical information for Developing cross-cultural competence : a guide for working with children and their families / edited by Eleanor W. Lynch, and Marci J. Hanson.


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Sam Chan, Ph.D., is Director of the Professional Services Center at the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.

Deborah Chen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), teaches in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs. She also supervises ECSE credential candidates in early intervention and early childhood special education programs located in highly diverse communities in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. As an immigrant to the United States from Jamaica (West Indies) with Chinese roots, Dr. Chen has a personal and professional interest in working with families of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Dr. Chen has extensive experience serving with families and their children with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities as an early interventionist, teacher, program administrator, teacher trainer, and researcher. She has directed projects of significance, model demonstration, outreach, research-to-practice, and personnel development projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education. These projects have focused on working with families and children of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, home-based early intervention, interdisciplinary training, caregiver-child interactions, and early communication and tactile communication strategies with children who are deaf-blind. Her publications reflect these professional efforts and interests.

Dr. Chen has disseminated her work at local, state, national, and international conferences. In addition, she has been invited to conduct professional development courses and to present at international conferences in Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Taiwan, and Thailand.



Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Special Educationat San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, Dr. Hanson is activelyengaged in teaching, research, and service related to young childrenand their families. In addition to these responsibilities, she directs the SFSU joint doctoral program in special education with the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, and codirects the early childhood special educationgraduate program. She is a consultant with the child and adolescent developmentfaculty of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study ofChildren, Youth, and Families at SFSU and with San Francisco Head Start.

Dr. Jackson is member of the faculty for the National Center for Cultural Competence at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, where she provides technical assistance and consultation for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative. Throughout her 30-plus years as a clinical social worker, Dr. Jackson introduced Stress Management programming as an integral part of client and family services in various health and mental health settings.



For nearly 35 years, Dr. Lynch was involved in teaching, research, and community and family services that focused on improving the lives of young children who had, or were at risk for, disabilities. Prior to joining the faculty at San Diego State University (SDSU), Dr. Lynch received her doctorate in teaching exceptional children in 1972 from The Ohio State University and joined the faculty of Miami University. She subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Michigan, working in both academic and clinical positions.

Dr. Lynch became Professor Emerita at SDSU after chairing the Department of Special Education, directing the Early Childhood Special Education graduate program, and serving on the faculty of the SDSU-Claremont Graduate University joint doctoral program. Over the course of her career, Dr. Lynch directed a model demonstration project and personnel preparation grants in early intervention and early childhood special educat

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Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Social work with children with disabilities -- United States -- Cross-cultural studies.
Family services -- United States -- Cross-cultural studies.
Minorities -- United States.