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Shih-Ying Cheng, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

ETMSW 4256


1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office Phone:



Inspired by my social work practice with survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and marriage immigrants who migrated to Taiwan through international marriages (mostly via marriage brokers), my research is focused on gender-based violence (GBV), with special attention to severe forms of violence and GBV among vulnerable populations. I study the impact of GBV on survivors, survivors’ recovery process (e.g., coping strategies, help-seeking experiences), and the implementation of evidence-based assessments and interventions.

Professional Interests

Gender-based violence
Evidence-based practice
Recent immigrants

Teaching Experience

SocW 460 Research I: Social Work Research
SocW 410 Human Behavior and the Social Environment


Selected Publications


Auslander, W., Cheng, S.-Y., & Edmond, T. E. (2023). Resilience in adolescent girls in child welfare: Reliability and validity of the RS-14. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Cheng, S.-Y., Taylor, E., & Hamby, S. (2023). When support seekers encounter unsettling responses: A dual factor approach. Journal of Social Work.

Jiwatram-Negron, T., Cheng, S.-Y., Wachter, K., Kappas Mazzio, A., Ward, M., Reed, L., Messing, JT. (2022) Examining Associations Between Multiple Types of IPV and Adverse Mental Health Among IPV Survivors. Journal of Family Violence.

Seon, J., Cheng, S.-Y., Jonson-Reid, M. & Cho, H. (2022) Understanding the interconnected relationships between intimate partner violence and child maltreatment: The role of maternal material hardship. Child Abuse & Neglect

Kohl, P. L., Krauss M. J., King C., Cheng S.-Y., Fowler P., Goodwin D. N., Tillis C. D., Sullivan H., Sorg A., & Mueller N. B. (2022). The impact of responsible fatherhood programs on parenting, psychological well-being, and financial outcomes: A randomized controlled trial. Family Process, 00, 1–19.

Gerassia, L., Cheng, S.-Y., Muentnera, L., & Bensonc, M. (2021). Prevalence and associated characteristics of youth who trade sex in a representative sample of high school students. Journal of Adolescence.

Ogbonnaya, I. N., AbiNader, M. A., Cheng, S.-Y., Jiwatram-Negrón, T., Bagwell-Gray, M., Brown, M. L., & Messing, J. (2021). Intimate partner violence, police engagement, and perceived helpfulness of the legal system: An analysis by survivor race and ethnicity. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Cheng, S.-Y., Wachter, K., Kappas, A., Brown, M., Messing, J. T., Bagwell-Gray, M., & Jiwatram-Negron, T. (2020). Patterns of help seeking strategies in response to intimate partner violence: A latent class analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260520966671

Cheng, S.-Y., Shen, A. C.-T., & Jonson-Reid, M. (2020). Profiles of teen dating violence and association with depression among Chinese teens. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(1–2), NP776–NP802doi:10.1177/0886260520918573

Cheng, S.-Y., Davis, M., Jonson-Reid, M., & Yaeger, L. (2019) Compared to what? A meta-analysis of batterer intervention studies using non-treated controls or comparisons. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 22(3),496-511. doi:10.1177/1524838019865927

Cheng, S.-Y., Amano, T., Perez-Aponte, J., & Pandey, S. (2019). Recent immigrants’ use of dental care and health insurance status in the USA. Global Social Welfare, 6(2), 107-119. doi:10.1007/s40609-018-00131-2

Beeler-Stinn, S., Cheng, S.-Y., Patterson Silver Wolf, D. (2018). A case study of a network analysis of drug use and emergency department visits in St. Louis: Supporting a quicker rehabilitation. Journal of Life Care Planning, 16(2), 23-30.

Cheng, S.-Y. (2015). The author’s response “Toward a more delicate typology of intimate partner violence: The theoretical and historical controversies”. Formosa Journal of Mental Health, 28(4), 513-519. doi:10.30074/FJMH.201512_28(4).0004 (In Chinese)

Cheng, S.-Y. (2015). Why don’t victims of intimate partner violence leave? A case study. Formosa Journal of Mental Health, 28(4), 481-497. doi:10.30074/FJMH.201512_28(4).0001 (In Chinese)

Cheng, S.-Y. & Yu, H.-Y. (2014). A time to submit and a time to resist: The family caregiving struggle of new immigrant women from Southeast Asia. NTU Social Work Review, 29, 149-198. doi:10.6171/ntuswr2014.29.04 (In Chinese)

Cheng, S.-Y. (2012). Hidden violence: New immigrant women’s sufferings. Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies, 97, 22-24. doi:10.6256/FWGS.2012.97.22 (In Chinese)

Book Chapters

Cheng, S.-Y. (2013). Social education, advocacy and empowerment. In Pan, S.-M. (Eds.), Social Work Practice with Immigrants (pp.137-149). Taipei, Taiwan: Chuliu & Taiwan Association of Social Workers. (In Chinese)


BS, National Cheng-Chi University (Taiwan)
BA, National Cheng-Chi University (Taiwan)
MSW, National Taiwan University
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Memberships

Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Research Currently in Progress

Intimate Partner Violence in the Context of Anti-Asian Hate
Understanding Primary Prevention of Gender-Based Violence with AAPI Communities