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Philip Tan

Associate Professor

School of Social Work

B.A. (Economics), College of Wooster, Ohio, 1987
M.A. (Sociology)/ MSW, Ohio State University, 1991
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1996

Biographical Information

Phil Tan has been on faculty at California State University, Long Beach since 2001. He teaches the Human Behavior and Research sequences and an elective course entitled “Spirituality and Social Work Practice.”  He is currently involved with the local interfaith community and especially with the Buddhist, Hindu, and Catholic dialogue groups.  He currently leads a meditation club for social workers that utilizes the “loving-kindness” and “insight” meditation techniques.  Please feel free to email him if you are interested.  His is also currently researching on the issue of suffering and solutions to it.

Phil just completed a qualitative study on maternal bereavement.  He is currently working on a project entitled “The use of the Native American Talking Circle as a modality to listen, learn, and teach about spiritual diversity.”   In addition, Phil is about to embark on a research examining the issue of self-compassion and how it influences well-being.

Phil Tan

Office Location: Social Sciences / Public Administration Building (SSPA) 133
Phone: (562) 985-2106
Fax: (562) 985-5514


  • Research Methods
  • Human Behavior
  • Thesis Advising


  • Spirituality in Social Work
  • Multicultural Issues