David Takeuchi Receives Carl Taube Award for Lifetime Contributions to Mental Health Services

Submitted by Ari Asercion on

The Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association has awarded the 2022 Carl Taube Award for Lifetime Contributions to Mental Health Services to Dr. David Takeuchi. In addition to being an affiliate professor here in Sociology (with both the Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology, and Center for the Statistics and Social Sciences), David T. Takeuchi is also currently Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence at the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

The Carl Taube Award was created in 1990 to honor Carl Taube for his major role in promoting mental health services and policy research and mental health economics and to recognize scholars who have made important lifetime contributions to public mental health. As Director of the Division of Biometry and Applied Sciences at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Taube redesigned and expanded the national reporting program on mental health services and pioneered the use of these data to analyze major policy trends in deinstitutionalization and shifts in financing.  He designed and implemented the national Inventory of Community Mental Health Centers which became the Inventory of Mental Health Organizations. Widely published throughout his career, Dr. Taube was Professor of Mental Hygiene at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, consultant to the World Health Organization, advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program for the Chronically Mentally Ill. 

The Carl Taube Committee's keen consensus was that Dr. David Takeuchi has been a pioneer in changing the field of mental health for Asian American populations. He has shown incredible dedication to the field of health services research and has made considerable scientific contributions to our fundamental knowledge base. Dr. Takeuchi's work as the co-Principal Investigator on the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS) highlighted critical disparities in mental health care for Asian Americans and propelled the field forward. His in-depth analyses of the immigrant paradox and his contributions to understanding the intergenerational changes that take place in immigrant groups have been groundbreaking and critical to advancing knowledge about migratory experiences.