Suk-Young Kang

Assistant Professor

Dr. Suk-Young Kang (Assistant Professor of Social Work) has experience and research expertise in mental health and social work gerontology as it relates to Asian immigrant older populations and social justice. In particular, his research focuses on depression and family caregiver issues and social justice for immigrants and refugees. Dr. Kang has received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation for his research on mental health in Asian immigrant elders in Arizona and from the Hogg Foundation for a study on the impact of financial crisis on the prevalence of depression in Korean immigrant elders in north Texas. He earned his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Columbia University and has experience as a social worker with older populations in public housing in Chicago and as program coordinator at the Korean American Senior Center in Chicago.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work, New York, NY
  • M.S.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY
  • B.A., Seoul National University, College of Social Science, Dept. of Social Welfare, Seoul, Korea

Current Research Interests

  • Depression and health status among Asian immigrant elders
  • Family caregiving
  • Social justice for immigrants and refugees
  • The effectiveness of comprehensive geriatric counseling

Most Recent Publications

Kim, W.S., Kang, S.Y., & Kim, I.S. (In Press). Depression among Korean immigrant elders living in Canada and the US: A comparative study. Accepted to be published in Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Kang, S. Y., & Kim, J.K. (In press). Successful Aging and Economic Security among Older Koreans. Submitted to section editor, Li, L. (Ed), Successful Aging: Asian Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Jang, Y., Park, N.S., Kang. S. Y., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2014). Racial/ethnic differences in the association between symptoms of depression and self-rated mental health. Community Mental Health Journal, 50 (3), 325-330. doi:10.1007/s10597-013-9642-2

Kang, S. Y. Basham, R., & Kim, Y. J. (2013).Contributing factors of depressive symptoms among elderly Korean Immigrants in Texas. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56, 67-82. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2012.734369

Page, J., Petrovich, J., & Kang, S.Y. (2012). Characteristics of Homeless adults with serious mental illness served by three street-level federally funded homelessness programs. Community Mental Health Journal, 48, 699-704. doi:10.1007/s10597-011-9473-y (impact factor : 1.028)

Kang, S. Y., Boyas, J., & Salehin, M. (2012). Correlates of depression among Chinese immigrant elders in Arizona: The role of acculturative stress and social support. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22 (3), 334-350. doi:10.1080/10911359.2012.655609

Mitschke, D., & Kang, S.Y. (2012). Social Support and Coping in Families Facing Prostate Cancer. Journal of Social Service Research, 38 (3), 413-426. doi:10.1080/01488376.2012.669271

Kang, S. Y., & Watts, T. D. (2012). Social welfare in North Korea: Ethical & Ideological Conflicts & Dilemmas. Journal of Comparative Social Welfare, 28 (1), 17-22. doi:10.1080/17486831.2011.595079

Moon, S.S., Kang, S.Y., Jitptitaklert, W., & Kim, S.B. (2012). Decision tree models for characterizing smoking behavior of older adults. Expert Systems with Applications, 39, 445-451. doi:10.1016/j.eswa.2011.07.035(impact factor : 1.924)

Boyas, J., Wind, L. H., & Kang, S. Y. (2012). Exploring the relationship between employment-based social capital, job stress, burnout, and intent to leave among child protection workers: An age-based path analysis model. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 50-62. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.08.033(impact factor : 1.130)

Kang, S.Y., & Basham, R.E. (2011). Contributing Factors of Assistive Devices Use among Frail Elders with Family Caregivers in 2004 National Long-Term Care Survey. The National Social Science Journal, 36 (1), 68-76.

Basham, R. & Kang, S.Y. (2011). Sustaining the Elderly: Innovations in emerging technology and service delivery. The National Social Science Technology Journal, 1(2), 1-6.

Kang, S. Y., Howard, D. M., Kim, J., Payne, J.S., Wilton, L., Kim, W., & Maramba, D.C. (2010). English language proficiency and lifetime mental health service utilization in a national representative sample of Asian Americans in the U.S. Journal of Public Health, 32 (3), 431-439. (impact factor : 1.878)

Kang, S.Y. & Krysik, J. (2010). Employment-Related Salaries and Benefits in Social Work: A Workforce Survey. Advances in Social Work, 11 (1), 82-94

Kang, S. Y., Domanski, M.D., & Moon, S.S. (2009). Ethnic enclave resources and predictors of depression among Arizona's Korean immigrant elders. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 489-502.

Moon, S.S., Kang, S.Y., & An, S. (2009). Predictors of immigrant children's school achievement: A comparative study. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 23 (3), 278-289.


Suk-Young Kang

Office: (607) 777-9156
Office Location: Downtown Center, Room #303
Fax: (607) 777-5683

Last Updated: 7/24/14