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Graduate College of Social Work

Dennis Kao


Assistant Professor
Email: dtkao@uh.edu
Room: 402 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-6392
Current Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

PhD in Social Work, University of Southern California

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science,
University of Southern California

MSW, University of California at Los Angeles

BA in Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley

INTERESTS

Health and health care disparities
Immigration
Asian & Pacific Islander populations
Aging
Health and social policy
Geographic Information Systems, mapping, and spatial analysis

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Kao, D. & Jansson, B. (2011). Advocacy to promote culturally competent health services. In B. Jansson, Improving Healthcare Through Advocacy: A Guide for the Health and Helping Professions (pp. 179-210). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Kao, D. & Jansson, B. (2011). Expanding policy advocacy across national borders. In B. Jansson, Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice (6th ed., pp. 155-183). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning.

Kao, D., Park J., Min S., and Myers, D. (2010). Occupational status and health insurance among immigrants: Effects by generation, length of residence in US, and race. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12(3), 290.

Kao, D. (2010). Factors associated with ethnic differences in health insurance coverage and type among Asian Americans. Journal of Community Health, 35(2), 142-155.

Kao, D. (2009). Generational cohorts, age of arrival, and access to health services among Asian and Latino immigrant adults. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20(2), 395-414.

Park, J., Myers, D., Kao, D., and Min, S. (2009). Immigrant obesity and unhealthy assimilation: Alternative estimates of convergence or divergence, 1995-2005. Social Science & Medicine, 69(11), 1625-1633.

Kao, D. (2008). Serving as an intermediary between immigrant communities and Sacramento: Lessons learned. In B. Jansson, Becoming an Effective Policy Advocate: From Policy Practice to Social Justice (5th ed., pp. 175-176). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

RESEARCH GRANTS/AWARDS

Hartford Doctoral Fellowship Program, Geriatric Social Work Initiative (2009-11). “State Variations in Linguistic Competency Policies and the Effects on Access to Health Services among Older Immigrant Populations” (Principal Investigator; $70,000).

Health Services Research Dissertation Grant, Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (2009-10). “State Variations in Linguistic Competency Policies and the Effects on Immigrant Access to Health Services” (R36 HS18082; Principal Investigator; $29,732)

Robert L. Schneider Influencing State Policy Dissertation Award (2009). “State Variations in Linguistic Competency Policies & the Effects on Immigrant Access to Health Services” (Principal Investigator; $2000)