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In Memoriam: Dr. Jean Lau Chin

Friday, May 15, 2020   (1 Comments)
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It is with great sadness that we heard about the passing of our colleague, mentor and friend, Dr. Jean Lau Chin, after a hard-fought battle with COVID-19.


Dedication to Jean Lau Chin, Ed.D. by Martin Pierre, Ph.D.

I first met Dr. Chin when she was assigned as my clinical supervisor during my predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP): Boston University School of Medicine Residency Program. CMTP is the premier predoctoral training program that focuses on culturally sensitive training for historically marginalized populations.

I observed this 5’5’ woman that yielded a great deal of cultural knowledge, strength and tenacity. Dr. Chin, the first Asian American individual to be licensed in Massachusetts, was not only a revolutionary and visionary scholar during my training but a silent and assertive warrior. I immediately gravitated towards Dr. Chin as a person. We share a common interest in growing up in Brooklyn, New York. My passion for serving the needs of underrepresented groups stem from my lived experience of recognizing the mental health inequities and disparities that existed in my community. I too was a warrior like Dr. Chin. However, my approach to social changes was passionate but fueled by anger, frustration, reactionary ideas in order to change systems of oppression. However, Dr. Chin helped me to harness my passion and direct it in productive ways. I often joked with her, growing up in Brooklyn made me a fighter for the forgotten.

During my first supervision session with Dr. Chin, I found her to be extremely bright, well read, and capable of intellectual discussions and personal reflection. She possessed a penetrative intelligence that often awakened a spirit in my soul. Dr. Chin taught me the language of psychology in order to articulate my ideas. Her energy, eloquence when speaking, warmth, compassion, and ebullient nature influenced both my personal and professional development. At the same time, she was equally open to learning from me and my fellow interns. Furthermore, she is a person of unquestionable integrity and moral values.

The CMPT program was unlike any training program in the country. We gave respect to our elders as our mentors, confidant and lifelong friends. In the tragic and sudden loss of one of my intern cohort Cynthia Lucero, my fellow interns and faculty members including Dr. Chin walked in solidarity to commemorate the lives of our “CMPT family members”. I can provide an exhaustive list of Dr. Chin national and internal accomplishments. However, I was most impacted by her humility and profound generosity. During my downtime, I am often inspired to pen spoken words. I could not think of any other way to memorialize my teacher, mentor and spiritual elder than dedicated this poem to her.


I know the truth about courage women

Written and dedicated to Jean Lau Chin

By Martin Pierre, Ph.D.


I am so glad that I know the truth of a silent warrior

It has awake a place in our soul,

You know they say the joy I have……the world didn’t give it

and the world can’t take it away

The truth is that you helped me to recognize my human

possibility and historical, racial, gender and cultural identities

I am so glad that I know the truth

They say the truth will set you free

I know the truth about your commitment to social

justice, equity and harmony

The liberation of feminism, genderism

and the intersection of life and human passion

The truth is, you were born with wisdom of a sage

and the promises of a brighter tomorrow

You were the first of your kind to break the back of misfortune

and inspired the human family to recognize their human possibilities.

I am so glad that I know the truth

The truth is, you were born with an immeasurable soul

giving birth to women and leadership

drawing vision and diverse voices from your heart

power and policy development from your lungs

and advocacy from your diaphragm

I am so glad that I know the truth

The truth is, you integrated disciplines of psychodynamic

multicultural systems and human understanding to heal the human family

The truth is, you fed me knowledge

that allowed me to swim deep into the depths of the ocean floor

where my ancestors brought forth life

Because I know the truth

I can tell the truth

The truth is, you are a phenomenal, divine and courageous woman








Carita Anderson says...
Posted Thursday, May 21, 2020
So very sad to hear of this loss to our community. Sending light and love to all of Dr. Chin's loved ones and colleagues.

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