Changemakers in Family Planning: Tuyet Mai Hoang
Awarded 2022
Changemakers in Family Planning
Tuyet Mai Hoang, PhD
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Tuyet Mai Hoang is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). During her graduate training, she was a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Predoctoral Fellowship for Minority Health from 2017 to 2019 for her clinical work in addressing mental health disparities for Communities of Color. Dr. Hoang completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at UIUC in 2020 under the guidance of Dr. Hellen Neville. Her research interests focus on the intersection between perinatal mental health and the navigation of reproductive and contraception services using community-engaged and patient-centered approaches. She explores research questions such as: How does racial bias manifest in the discrimination against perinatal People of Color? What systemic factors contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive and contraception services? What can reduce mental stress and barriers for perinatal People of Color when navigating reproductive and contraception services? This research is applied to develop culturally sensitive services and improve existing educational training to increase access to high-quality reproductive and contraception services for perinatal People of Color. As a Woman of Color, mother, and first-generation student, Dr. Hoang’s overarching research goal is to address systematic health disparities by improving delivery of and access to culturally responsive reproductive and contraception services for perinatal People of Color.