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Christabel Cheung, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 205A
Phone: 808.956.6127
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: cheungck@hawaii.edu


Biographical Narrative

Dr. Cheung is an Assistant Professor with the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i. Her research interests are focused on cancer support, psychosocial oncology, health disparities, health care practice and policy, and sociocultural minority patient populations. In pursuit of these interests, Dr. Cheung has led research projects as principal investigator and co-principal investigator and contributed to numerous patient education and advocacy initiatives aimed at improving health and behavioral health outcomes. Her prior experience includes serving as lecturer/field consultant on the field faculty at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. As a social work practitioner, Dr. Cheung last served as executive director of San Francisco Village, a nonprofit organization within the national village movement for aging in place.

Education

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

MSW, University of California, Berkeley

BJ, University of Missouri-Columbia

Research Interests

  • Cancer support
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Health disparities
  • Health care practice and policy
  • Sociocultural minority patient populations

CV

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EDUCATION

2017 PhD
Department of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles

2006 MSW
School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

2000 BJ
School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cancer support; psychosocial oncology; health disparities; health care policy and practice

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2017– Assistant Professor, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

2015–2017 Principal Investigator and Doctoral Research Intern, Hawai’i Health Care Study, “The Cost of Universal Health Care – Lessons Learned from the Hawai’i Model,” UCLA Fielding School of Public Health/UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

2014–2017 Doctoral Research Intern, ECHO study, “Empowering CHOices in Breast Cancer Treatment”, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health/UCLA Center for Health
Policy Research

2014–2016 Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator, AYA Cancer Needs Assessment, “Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Needs Assessment for Internet-Based
Information & Support,” University of Michigan School of Social Work

2014 Doctoral Research Fellow, “Envisioning Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults in Sociocultural Isolation,” Michigan Institute of
Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Health Disparities Summer. Program/University of Michigan School of Social Work

2011–2012 Field Consultant/Lecturer, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

SOCIAL WORK PRACTIC EMPLOYMENT

2010–2011 Executive Director, San Francisco Village – nonprofit promoting aging in place

2009–2010 Associate Director, Mental Health Association of San Francisco

2008–2009 Director of Diversity, American Society on Aging, San Francisco, CA

2007–2008 Director of Social Service, Self-Help for the Elderly, San Francisco, CA

2006–2007 Project Manager, Department of Aging & Adult Services (DAAS), City & County of San Francisco

2005–2006 Medical Social Work Intern, San Francisco General Hospital

2004–2005 Medical Social Work Intern, North and South of Market Senior Services, San Francisco, CA

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2016–2017, UCLA University Fellowship

2016, Association of Oncology Social Work Conference Award

2016, First Place Research Prize at Clinical Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium, California Geriatrics Society at University of California

2015–2016, UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Fellow

2015 and 2014, UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellow

2015, UCLA Luskin Research Conference Grant

2014, Health Disparities Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research/University of Michigan School of Social Work

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Cheung, C. K. & Zebrack, B. J. (2016). “What do adolescents and young adults want from cancer resources? Insights from a Delphi panel of AYA patients” Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 24, 1-8.

Kim, B. J., Liu, L., Cheung, C. K., Ahn, J. (2016) In press. “Impacts of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) and cognitive functioning on geriatric depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older Korean immigrants in the U.S.” Psychogeriatrics.

Cheung, C. K. & Zebrack, B. J. (2017) In preparation. “Working title: Phase two qualitative study of preferences for cancer resources among adolescent and young adult patients.”

Cheung, C. K., Ponce, N., Dukakis, M. S. (2017) In preparation. “The cost of universal health care in the context of the affordable care act: Lessons learned from the Hawaii model.”

RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

Cheung, C. (2017, June; 2016, June). Cancer survivorship in sociocultural minority populations. University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health. Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research Summer Institute: Los Angeles, CA.

Cheung, C. (2016, March). Occupied with cancer: Trajectories of employment/education and psychological distress among adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawai’i at Manoa: Honolulu, HI.

Cheung, C.K., Kim, B.J., Liu, L., & Ahn, J. (2016, Dec). Depression among older Korean immigrants: Focus on instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) and cognitive
function. Poster presentation presented at University of California, San Diego, Clinical Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium: San Diego, CA.

Cheung, C. & Zebrack, B.J. (2016, May). What do adolescents and young adults facing cancer really want from the Internet?: Insights from a Delphi panel of AYAs. Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) Annual Conference: Tampa, FL.

Cheung, C., Galvez, E., Felder, T., Carter, J., Jae, S. (2016, April) Survivorship in communities of color–You are not alone! Stupid Cancer: CancerCON Annual Conference: Denver, CO.

Cheung, C. & Zebrack, B.J. (2015, Nov). What do adolescents and young adults facing cancer really want from the Internet?: Insights from a Delphi panel of AYAs. Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance Annual Conference: Chicago, IL.

Cheung, C. & Zebrack, B.J. (2014, Nov). Envisioning Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults in Sociocultural Isolation. Critical Mass: The Young Adult
Cancer Alliance Annual Conference: Denver, CO.

Cheung, C. & Zebrack, B.J. (2014, Oct). Envisioning Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults in Sociocultural Isolation. MICHR Research Symposium: Ann
Arbor, MI.

Cheung, C. & Zebrack, B.J. (2014, Oct). Envisioning Patient-Centered Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults in Sociocultural Isolation. Sujal Parikh Memorial Symposium
for Health & Social Justice: Ann Arbor, MI.

SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE PRESENTATIONS

Cheung, C. (2012, Oct). Awaken Your Leadership Potential – Career Development for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Oral presentation for Career Services Workshop Series at the School of
Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.

Cheung, C. (2010) The National Village Movement For Aging In Community. Oral presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Los Angeles, CA.

Cheung, C. (2011) Careers in Aging. Oral presentation for professional development workshop at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

Cheung, C. (2010). What Every Village Needs to Know About Program Planning. Oral presentation at the Village-to-Village Network National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Cheung, C. (2010). Sansei, Are You Prepared To Live To 100? Oral presentation for J-Sei lecture series, Oakland, CA.

Cheung, C. ( 2010). Purposeful Aging, What Is Next In Your Life? Oral presentation at the San Francisco Healthy Aging Summit, San Francisco, CA.

Cheung, C. (2006, 2008, 2009). Careers In Urban Community Organizing and Citizen Action. Guest lecture at San Francisco State University Social Work Department.

Cheung, C. (2007). Living With Dignity In San Francisco: Strengthening And Sustaining Ethnic And Cultural Collaborations Within And Between Underserved Communities. American Society on Aging (ASA)/National Coalition on Aging (NCOA) Conference, Chicago, IL.

Cheung, C. (2007). Chinatown Affordable Housing Tour. Oral presentation at guided walking tour of Chinatown for National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

COURSES TAUGHT

University of Hawai’i, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work:

  • Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health – Fall 2017
  • Social Work Directed Reading and Research – Fall 2017

University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Community Learning:

  • Civic Engagement: Engaging Los Angeles – Fall 2016, Winter 2016; Spring 2017

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare:

  • Fieldwork Preparation and Integration Seminar: Gerontology – Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • Second Year Fieldwork Seminar: Gerontology – Fall 2011, Spring 2012
  • Diversity-Sensitive & Culturally Competent Social Work – Spring 2012
  • Current Topics in Social Welfare: Aging in Community – Summer 2012

SERVICE

2014– Editorial Board Member, Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing

2015– Patient Advocacy Advisor, California Breast Cancer Research Program, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

2013–2017 Chair, Disability Caucus, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

2009–2016 Gerontology Advisory Committee Member, School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

2011–2014 Advisory Council Member/Former Executive Director, San Francisco Village

2010–2014 Advisory Council Member (2011–2014), Board Member (2010), Community Living Campaign, San Francisco, California

2009–2011 Founding Board Secretary, Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye (“Wears the Star” in Lakota), Wanblee, South Dakota

2004–2011 Board Member, Vice Chair (2007), Secretary (2006), Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco, CA

2008–2009 Board Member, Rebuilding Together San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

2004–2008 Co-Chair of San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (2004–2006), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), San Francisco, CA

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

  • “Member Spotlight,” Association of Oncology Social Workers, 2017
  • “First Place Research Prize,” California Geriatrics Society, University of California San Diego Clinical Geriatrics Interprofessional Symposium, 2016
  • “Wednesday Warrior,” Stupid Cancer, 2016
  • Featured Writer, Lacuna Loft, 2016
  • “2015 Mass Kicker,” Mass Kickers Foundation, 2015
  • “Young Adult Survivor Spotlight,” Stupid Cancer Radio, 2015
  • “Creativity in Photography” Award for Facing Chemo Project with Robert Houser, Communication Arts Photo Annual, 2011
  • “Welcoming New Immigrants” Award on behalf of Self-Help for the Elderly’s Citizenship Program, San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, 2008
  • “API Woman Leader of Tomorrow” Award Nominee, Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC), 2006
  • “Most Promising Minority Student” Award Nominee from Advertising Age Magazine and the American Advertising Federation, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2000
  • Phi Eta Sigma, 1994

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

2016– Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Member

2016– American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Member

2015– Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), Member

2014– Critical Mass-The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, Member

2011– JadeGangster.com cancer blog, Writer and Creative Director

2004–2010 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) API Caucus, Member

2010–2012 San Francisco Friends of Planning for Elders in the Central City, Member

2007–2008 In-Home Supportive Services Task Force, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, Member

2006–2007 Grant Proposal Review Board, San Francisco Health and Human Services Agency

2007–2008 Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), Member

2005–2008 National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, Member

MEDIA COVERAGE OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE

Thomas, M. (2011, May/June). The Real Social Network: Villages Helping People Age In Place. AARP Magazine, 60-63.

Gomes, K. (2010, May 16). Movers and Shakers, San Francisco Chronicle. pp. B2.

Hamamoto, B. (2010, October). J-Sei Event Addresses Aging Issues In Japanese American Community. Nichi Bei Times., pp. 4, 11.

Sherbert, E. (9 March 2010). How To Avoid Being A Compulsive Hoarder. San Francisco Examiner, pp. 5.

Junker, L. (2008, December). Day In The Life – Lifelong Learning. Associations Now, 18-19.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATES

  • Certified Yoga Instructor, Tamal Dodge 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), 2014
  • Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW), State of California, 2006–2008
  • Certified Facilitator, Center for Strategic Facilitation, 2006
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise, 1994–2004
  • Marathon Coach, National AIDS Marathon Training Program, 2000–2004
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