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Monit Cheung, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work

Room: 424 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8107

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal statement

Dr. Monit Cheung, MA, MSW, PhD, LCSW, is Professor and Chair of the Clinical Practice Concentration at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in social work and a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University and a post-doc certificate on Geriatric Education from the University of Iowa. She is Director of the Child & Family Center for Innovative Research and Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Education Project, a state partnership program funded federally by Title IV-E for training child welfare social workers. She has been a social worker for 40 years and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in play therapy, family counseling, geriatric counseling, child/adolescent counseling, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment. She has practiced as a consultant trainer for the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Police Force. Using an experiential and practice-oriented approach to teaching, Dr. Cheung has taught at the graduate level for 30 years. She has presented in 287 workshops and conferences and written 470 articles, books, book chapters, and research reportson child protection and parenting issues in English and Chinese. Her research interests are related to treatment effectiveness in the areas of child sexual abuse, creative family therapy, therapeutic touch, and immigrant adjustment.


Fellow in Geriatrics, University of Iowa, 1988
PhD in Social Work, The Ohio State University, 1986
Doctoral Work in Economics, Louisiana State University, 1983-84
MSW, Social Work, The Ohio State University, 1982
MA, Public Administration, The Ohio State University, 1982
Diploma with Distinction in Sociology (Minor in Psychology), Hong Kong Baptist College, 1979

Licenses and Certfications

LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lead Faculty, Certification of the Child Protection Train-the-Trainers Program

Courses taught

  • Clinical practice with children and adolescents
  • Family therapy and transtheoretical practice
  • Teaching in higher education (Doctoral)
  • Travel seminars with a focus on international social work
  • Human development
  • Single system research

Research interests

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. 


  • 2012 CSWE-Women Council Mentor Award
  • 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.