Ga-Young Choi

Department of Social Work
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Social Work


Social Work, Domestic violence, Secondary traumatic stress (vicarious truamatization, compassion fatigue)


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 working with  trauma survivors in general and family violence survivors in particular
-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 competency

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Choi, G-Y. (Accepted for Publication). Relationship between psychological empowerment and secondary traumatic stress among social workers working with family violence or sexual assault survivors. Journal of Social Work.

Choi, G.-Y.,& Byoun, S.-J. (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, DOI:10.1177/0020872812448492

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.

Non-peer Reviewed Publications

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.

Courses Taught

Social Welfare: A World View (SW 1041/ SOC SCI 1041) Undergraduate Liberal Art Course

Social Issues & Policies (SW 4144/ SW 5144) Social Work Undergraduate Course

Injustice & Oppression (SW 6230) Master of Social Work course

Human Behavior and the Social Envrionment (SW 4164) Social Work Undergraduate Course

Social Welfare Policies & Services (450:219) Master of Social Work Foundation Course


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