Ga-Young Choi

Department of Social Work
Faculty - Associate Professor of Social Work


Domestic violence, Secondary traumatic stress (vicarious truamatization, compassion fatigue), Cultural sensitivity


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Master of Social Work (MSW) Specialization: Community Mental Health, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Research Interests

  • Secondary traumatic stress experiences of social workers
  • Secondary traumatic stress effects in social work organizational settings
  • Family violence
  • Immigrant and international families in U.S. and in South Korea
  • Multicultural issues; cultural sensitivity in soical work

Selected Publications

Choi, G.-Y., Koh, E., Choi, S., & Cho, J.-Y. (2016, Published on-line before print). Understanding breast cancer screening behaviors of Korean American women in sociocultural contexts, Social Work in Health Care. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2016.1244138 

Park, H., Lee, M.-J., Choi, G.-Y., & Zepernick, J. S. (2016, Published on-line before print). Challenges and coping strategies of international students in graduate programs: Focusing on Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Students in the United States. International Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0020872816655864

Choi, G-Y. (2016). Secondary traumatic stress and empowerment among social workers working with family
violence or sexual assault survivors. Journal of Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/1468017316640194

Koh, E., Choi, G.-Y., & Cho, J. Y. (2016) Effectiveness of an ongoing, community-based breast cancer prevention program for Korean American Women, Health and Social Work, 41 (1), 51-59. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlv086

Choi, G.-Y., Lee, E. J., & Koh, E. (June, 2014). The experiences, perceptions, and help-seeking behaviors of elder mistreatment among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) older adults participating in Senior Community Service Employment Program. National Asian Pacific Center on Aging.

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Choi, G.-Y.,& Byoun, S.-J. (2014/ Published on-line before print in 2012). Domestic violence against migrant women in South Korea: Addressing the needs of a uniquely situated victim population in domestic violence policy. International Social Work, 57 (6), DOI:10.1177/0020872812448492

Choi, G.-Y.,&  Byoun, S.-J. (2012). The implications of transnational identity and cultural citizenship in South Korea: Disentangling oppression toward migrants based on race, ethnicity, class, and gender (Boxed Reading 6.2: pp. 235-242). In van Wormer, K., Kaplan, L.,&  Juby, C. Confronting Oppression, Restoring Justice: From Policy Analysis to Social Action (2nd Ed.). Alexandria: VA: Council on Social Work Education.

Choi, G.-Y. (2011). Organizational impacts on the secondary traumatic stress of social workers assisting family violence or sexual assault survivors. Administration in Social Work, 35 (3), 225-242.

Choi, G.-Y. (2011). Secondary Traumatic Stress of Service Providers who Practice with Survivors of Family or Sexual Assault. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 81, 101-119.

Choi, G.-Y. (2008). Secondary traumatic stress interventions: Social work practice and research implications. Korean Journal of Clinical Social Work, 5(3), 135-151.

Ostler, T., Haight, W., Black, J., Choi, G.-Y., Kingery, L, & Sheridan, K. (2007). Mental health needs and perspectives of rural children reared by parents who abuse methamphetamine. Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(4), 500-507.

Courses Taught

Social Welfare: A World View (SW 1041/ SOC SCI 1041)

Social Policies & Issues (SW 4144/ SW 5144)

Social Work Research (SW 3185)

Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SW 4164; 6212)

Injustice & Oppression (SW 6230)


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