Dr. Monit Cheung, 張錦芳博士, MA, MSW, PhD, LCSW, is Professor at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. She is Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Education Project, a state partnership program funded federally by Title IV-E for training child welfare social workers, and Associate Director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research. She has been a social worker for 34 years and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in play therapy, family counseling, child/adolescent counseling, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment.
Dr. Cheung has practiced as a volunteer clinician by providing counseling and case consultation at the Asian American Family Services, and served as a consultant trainer for the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Police Force. Using an experiential and practice-oriented approach in teaching, she has taught at the graduate level for 24 years. She has presented 203 papers in workshops or conferences and written 404 articles, books, book chapters and research reports on child protection and parenting issues in English and Chinese.
Dr. Cheung currently serves on the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People at the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, Advisory Board Member of Catholic Charities and Asian American Family Services, and the Board of End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation in Hong Kong.
University of Iowa: Fellow in Geriatrics 1988
The Ohio State University: Ph.D. in Social Work 1986
Louisiana State University: Doctoral Work in Economics 1983-84
The Ohio State University: M.S.W. (Social Work) 1982
The Ohio State University: M.A. (Public Administration) 1982
Hong Kong Baptist College: Diploma with Distinction in Sociology (Minor in Psychology) 1979
- Clinical practice with children and adolescents
- Family therapy
- Single system research
- Teaching in higher education (Doctoral)
- Travel Seminar (China)
- Foundation (Human development theories).
Dr. Cheung's research interests include the assessment and treatment in areas of child sexual abuse, elderly Chinese immigrants and their service needs, immigrant adjustment, child protective service training and evaluation, creative family therapy and therapeutic touch.
- 2010 Hall of Fame from the Ohio State University
- 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award
- 2009 Best Reviewer Award from the Council on Social Work Education
- Research Associate at the Center for Public Policy
- 2006-2009 Honorary Professorship, University of Hong Kong
- 2006 Favorite Faculty Award
- 2005 Unsung Hero Award from Channel 39 KHWB-TV
- 2004 Golden Harvest Award from the Asian American Family Counseling Center
- 2002 YWCA Outstanding Woman Award in Education
- 2001 Ervan Chew Award for Community Leadership from the Girl Scout Council
- 2000 Outstanding Faculty Award
- 1999-2001 Honorary Research Fellowship with the School of Social & Administrative Studies at Cardiff University, UK.