Academic Profile : Faculty

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Ms Athel Hu
ICC Specialist, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Office
Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Office
Athel enjoys teaching and in helping her students contextualize theoretical knowledge in making sense of life in reality and in practice. Engaging in the teaching and practice of social research in bettering the lives of individuals and humanity has been since the beginning and always will be her philosophy and motivation for teaching and pursuing social sciences and social research. As an educator, she certainly hopes that the knowledge imparted instills a form of empathetic understanding for society and for the marginalized and the underprivileged among her students.

Prior to joining the Nanyang Technological University, Athel was an instructor with the National University of Singapore, a lecturer with the Temasek Polytechnic and has held joint research appointments with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the National University of Singapore.

Besides research methods, her main teaching areas are in mental health and health areas, including ageing and health. As for research, her main area of research interest is in mental health, specifically in understanding the origins of stigma, how it gets perpetuated and how it can be mitigated. Besides holding a B.Soc.Sci in Sociology, Athel also holds a MA degree in Counselling and is a qualified counselor. She believes in the beauty of taking interdisciplinary perspectives on mental health and health issues. She strives to leverage on relevant counselling psychology principles, along with sociological perspectives on mental health, in helping the public understand the mental health from a social science perspective to advocate for the field of mental health on the ground.
Mental Health; Mental health & stigma; Symbolic Interactionism and stigma; Origins of mental health stigma; Language and perpetuation of mental health stigma; Ways to mitigate mental health stigma; Ageing and mental health; Social integration and mental health