NYCAAMH Symposium – The Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans

A Symposium presented by: The New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

A Discussion on the Impact of Problem Gambling among Asian Americans: Implications for Treatment and Prevention

EVENT DATE: October 1, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)


Gambling Disorder as a Behavioral Addiction
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chief of Service, University Hospital

Personal Experience with Problem Gambling by Consumers

Gambling Disorder among Asians
Jackie Xu Z. Chen, M.D., Board Certified Psychiatrist
Chairman of CSH, Affiliation with Maimonides Medical Center

Panel on Cultural and Psychosocial Aspects of Problem Gambling
JJ Hung, LMHC, CASAC, Director, Asian Recovery Program, Hamilton Madison House
Sung Min Yoon, D.S.W., Project Director, Asian Outreach Clinic, The Child Center of NY
Private Practice – The Yoon Behavioral Health Center.
Shahid A. Faaroqi, Director of Outreach, The ICNA Relief, USA Problem Gambling

Support and Treatment Resources – OASAS


No fees, but limited seating – rsvp by September 25, 2015 recommended



  • Hamilton Madison House
  • The Chinese American Sunshine House
  • 384 Grand Street, Inc.

Asian Gambling Addiction, More than Just Chance

“Research shows Asians in the U.S. have a disproportionate number of pathological gamblers (i.e. addicted) as compared to the general American population. According to Dr. Timothy Fong, an associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, the rate of gambling addiction ranges from 6 percent to nearly 60 percent, depending on the specific Asian ethnicity (Southeast Asian refugees scoring highest) as opposed to the national rate of 1-2 percent.”

— Post published by Sam Louie MA, LMHC on Jul 09, 2014 in Minority Report