• Ph.D.: Social Welfare, Graduate School & University Center, The City University of New York
  • MSW: Social Work, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • BSW: Social Work, Hong Kong Shue Yan University

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture, immigration, substance abuse, health, & metal health in the Asian American community
  • Reverse-migration separation and its effects upon Chinese immigrant parents and children
  • Practice-based research in health disparity

Courses Include

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environments I, II
  • Social Work Research I, II
  • Clinical Issues in Social Work Practice in Health Settings

Reccent Scholarship

Current Research

  • Reverse-Migration Separation & Successful Reunification among Chinese Immigrant Families – An Exploratory Study
    The purpose of this study is to assess the attitudes, perceptions, and experiences of Chinese immigrant parents in New York City regarding reverse-migration separation and reunification and assess the possible impact of this phenomenon and current family circumstances upon the parent-child relationship and interaction, family psychological wellbeing, and child’s adjustment. The study aims to complete brief assessments and in-depth interviews with about 30 Chinese immigrant families who had sent their American-born children to China to be raised and have reunited with their children within the past five years.
    Sponsor: PSC-CUNY Research Award Program

  • Incorporating Wiki and Blog Assignments to Enhance Student Engagement and Online Class Participation Study
    The goal of this study is to assess the perception and experience of two classes of social work graduate students in using web-based technologies and evaluate whether such technologies help facilitate the transfer of knowledge, promote deep learning, and create meaningful learning experiences for them. The study involved analysis of altogether 43 completed evaluation surveys, qualitative analysis of 87 blog entries contributed by 26 students and 149 instructor blog entries, and content analysis of thirteen wiki presentation sites completed by students.

  • Evaluation of Substance Abuse Intervention Services for Asian Americans in New York City – Secondary Data Analysis
    This study will assess alcohol and other drug use among Asian-Americans and their associated risk factors and address the following research questions: (1) what socioeconomic and demographic characteristics may associate with the increased risk of substance use; (2) in what way can the Early Intervention Model be adapted to a culturally specific environment so that Asian-Americans can be effectively engaged for screening and for subsequent intervention services; and (3) to what extent can staff with appropriate cultural backgrounds enhance the effects of intervention services so that Asian-American clients can be retained to complete their treatment programs. The datasets to be analyzed included anonymous screening data of approximately 3,082 individuals as well as 151 completed GPRA client outcome data collected by the Child Center of New York between 2008 and 2011.
    Sponsor: The Child Center of New York

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Kenny Kwong

Kenny Kwong, PhD


Assistant Professor

Phone: 212.396.7528

Room: 425