Julia Chan received her MSW degree from Columbia School of Social Work in 2006. She completed a postgraduate training program in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and joined the Ackerman faculty in 2013.
Julia immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a teenager. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has over ten years of social work experience in community settings. She has worked with public assistance applicants, families struggling with domestic violence, immigrants, and people affected by cancer and/or mental illnesses. Currently she sees individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her work integrates systems, relational, feminist, and social justice approaches, as well as Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices.
Whether in the classroom or therapy room, Julia tries to pay close attention to the interplay between intersectionality, participants’ social location, and the therapeutic or classroom process.