Monit Cheung: Graduate College of Social Work - University of Houston
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Monit Cheung, Ph.D.


Professor of Social Work

Room: 422 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8107

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal statement

Monit Cheung, Ph.D., LCSW, is the Mary R. Lewis Endowed Professor in Children & Youth at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. Dr. Cheung received her doctoral and master’s degrees in social work and public administration from The Ohio State University and a post-doc Geriatric Education Fellowship from 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 by Title IV-E for training child welfare social workers. She has been a social worker since 1979, a social work educator since 1986, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1993, specializing in play therapy, family counseling, geriatric work, child protection, sexual and domestic violence, and incest survivor treatment. Dr. Cheung has also practiced as a consultant trainer for the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Police Force. She has published over 500 articles, books, chapters, and research reports on child protection, parenting issues, child sexual abuse, and creative self-care techniques.


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 Certifications

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
  • Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Brief Psychodynamic and Solution-Focused Therapy
  • 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 assessment and treatment in child sexual abuse, domestic violence, immigrant adjustment, child protective service and forensic interview training, creative family therapy, therapeutic touch, and service disparities affecting Asian American and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) older adults, children, men, and women.