Director of Field Education
Integrated Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
Phone: (619) 594-5144
Office: HH 117
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- MSW, Concentration in Gerontology, University of California at Berkley, 2006
- BS, Biology, University of California at San Diego, 2003
older adults, mental health, LGBTQ, and Asian Pacific Islanders
Amanda Lee, LCSW, attended the University of California, San Diego for her B.S. in General Biology and obtained her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Ms. Lee was inspired early on to pursue a career in social work based on her volunteer and work experience at skilled nursing and memory care facilities. She has had the opportunity to practice social work in a variety of settings, such as, adult outpatient and inpatient mental health, home-based intensive treatment and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly).
Ms. Lee also practiced social work abroad in New Zealand for the Waitemata District Health Board for several years where she took part in developing a sub-acute treatment and rehabilitation team serving older adults with mental illness. Ms. Lee has held a variety of direct practice roles, affording her knowledge of the practice of case management/case brokerage, psychotherapy approaches and coordination with other care providers.
During her time of employment with the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC), Ms. Lee oversaw several County-contracted programs, including an outpatient behavioral health clinic serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as supported employment and geriatric specialty programs. Ms. Lee is passionate about health care integration, and values a whole-person approach to wellness and recovery. As a result, she initiated a Blue Shield Shared Treatment Pilot through Health Quality Partners and coordinated care with a local FQHC, La Maestra Community Health Center. She has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, such as API immigrants and refugees and individuals who identify as LGBT. She believes that the social work profession is endless in its flexibility and reach and is looking forward to her new role as the Director of Field Education at San Diego State University’s School of Social Work in which she will strive to support the development of future social work professionals.