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Takeuchi Appointed as First GSSW Dean for Research


By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: May 23, 2013

David T. Takeuchi, former associate dean for research at the University of Washington School of Social Work and a key architect of major study of Latino and Asian Americans, has been appointed associate dean for research at the Graduate School of Social Work, GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi has announced.

In addition to his administrative role, Takeuchi will join GSSW this fall as a tenured professor and the school’s inaugural Dorothy Book Scholar. 

Takeuchi is currently professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work and Department of Sociology, and also serves as the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar. Between 2006 and 2012, he served as associate dean of research at the UW School of Social Work, a period which saw the school attain third place in the US News & World Report rankings and secure more public funding than any other US social work school.

Takeuchi’s main research focus has been on how race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status are associated with health, access to care, treatment, quality of care, and outcomes. A highlight of his work is the National Latino and Asian American Study, one of the most comprehensive studies of Latinos and Asian Americans ever conducted. Takeuchi served as principal investigator of major grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, and is currently a co-investigator of the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute funded by the NIH and Health Disparities. He has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.

Among Takeuchi’s honors and awards are the Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award from the University of Washington, the Health Disparities Innovation Award from NIH, and the National Leadership Award for Contributions to Research and Mentoring in the Area of Health and Mental Health from the National Center for the Study of Asian American Health.

—Graduate School of Social Work