Han, Meekyung

Han, Meekyung

Co-Chair Child Welfare Partnership for Research and Training 
School of Social Work
Professor/Academic, College of AS&A - Foundation


Preferred: meekyung.han@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5825

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  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, UC Berkeley, California, United States
  • MSW, Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • B.A. in Social Welfare, South Korea
  • B.A. in Chemistry, South Korea


Dr. Meekyung Han is a professor, an Online/Hybrid MSW Program coordinator, and a co-chair for the Institute for Community-Partnered Research in the School of Social Work at San José State University. Dr. Han’s research includes child welfare and mental health services for Asian American and other ethnic populations and her published works focus on enhancing culturally sensitive and competent practice with ethnic minority populations with specific emphasis on Asian Americans. She received numerous internal and external grants, the Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award that acknowledged her contribution in understanding a multiplicity of mental health issues with various cultural groups and her scholarly productivity. She worked as an affiliated researcher/faculty lead on the Social Work Education Enhancement Program (SWEEP) project which was led by Dr. Alice Hines and funded($2.5 million) by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). 

Dr. Han, as the Principal Investigator (PI), has completed the multi-year research project  entitled “Vicarious trauma and its impact on well-being among family caregivers of person with mental illness: A Comparative Exploration of self-care practices among Asians and Caucasians” - this project was funded by Silberman Faculty Development national grant. Recently, Dr. Han was named a 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellow. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon social work scholars who have promoted a diverse and equitable society and advanced research on social work practice and policy.

Dr. Han is committed to expanding the depth and breadth of her professional and academic experiences as well as her contribution to the social work field in order to advance the well-being of people around the world.


Selected Publications

[Note: * Corresponding Author]


Han, M., Goyal, D., Lee, J., Cho, I., & Kim, A. (2020). Korean immigrant women’s
postpartum experiences in the United States. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 45(1), 42-48.

Xiaoping, X., & Han, M*. (2020). The Link Between Family Violence in Childhood and Internalizing and Externalizing Problems in Later Life Among College Students in China: Attachment as a Mediator. Social Work in Mental Health, 18(1), 39-54.

Han, M., Diwan, S., & Sun, K. (2019). Exploring caregiving-related experiences among Chinese American and European American family caregivers of persons with mental illness. Transcultural Psychiatry, 56 (3), 491-509.

Goyal, D., & Han, M*. (2019). Perinatal Depression Knowledge, Attitudes,and Beliefs among Graduate Social Work Students.Advances in Social Work, 18(4),1135-1146.

Oh, A., Han, M., Choi, Y., Lau, S., & Shum, M. S. (2019). Exploring relationship among child maltreatment experience in childhood and behavior problems as young adults: Role of social support among college students in Hong Kong. International Social Work. Published online in March: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0020872818762718)

Park, I., & Han, M. (2018). US Outpatient Treatment Orders, Crisis Response, and DomesticImplications, Medical Law, 19 (1), 23-80. [In Korean]

Bui, N., Han, M*., Diwan, S., & Dao, T. (2018). Vietnamese-American family caregivers of persons with mental illness: Exploring caregiving experience in cultural context. Transcultural Psychiatry, 55 (6), 846–865.

Oh, A., M. Han, Choi, Y., Lau, S., & Shum, M. S. (2018). Exploring relationship among child maltreatment experience in childhood and behavior problems as young adults: Role of social support among college students in Hong Kong. International Social Work. Published online in March 2018: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0020872818762718)

Han, M., Diwan, S., Chang, M., Comfort, K., & Forward, K. (2017). Caregiving burden and self-care among European-American and Chinese-American family caregivers of people with mental illness, Journal of Family Studies. Published Online (Dec., 2017: https://doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2017.1414704)

Teppang, N., Han, M*., & Lee, Y.J. (2017). Exploring Ethnic Identity and Its Development Process Among Late Adolescent Filipino Americans. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. Published online in December  2017:  https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2017.1409679.

Han, M., Cha, R., Lee, H., & Lee, S. (2017). Mental health stigma among Korean immigrants: Role of culture and de-stigmatization strategies. Asian American Journal of Psychology,8(2), 134-141.

Han, M., Nguyen, D., Cohen, E. Drabble, L., Nugyen, H., Sen, S., & Tuan, T. (2016). Exploring the Transferability of Competency-Based Education Model To Social Work Education in Vietnam. Social Work Education: The International Journal. Online published in March 2016:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02615479.2016.1162782.

Hines, A., Cohen, E., Hoa, N., Drabble, L., Han, M., Sen, S., & Tuan, T. (2015). Improving Social Work Education in Vietnam Through International Cooperation: the “Social Work Education Enhancement Project”. Social Work Education: The International Journal. Online published in July 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2015.1052391

Han, M., Choi, Y., & Jung, S. (2015). Exploring the relationship between exposure to interparental violence and child physical abuse in childhood and the impacts on mental health problems in later young adulthood among Korean college students, International Social Work, 1-5. Online published in May 2016: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0020872814562481?journalCode=iswb

Han, M., & Pong, H. (2015). Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Asian American Community College Students: The Effect of Stigma, Cultural Barriers, and Acculturation. Journal of College Student Development, 56, 1-14.

Han, M., Cao, L., & Anton, K. (2014). Exploring the role of ethnic media and the community readiness to combat stigma attached to mental illness among Vietnamese immigrants: The Pilot project Tam An (Inner Peace in Vietnamese), Community Mental Health Journal.Published online. doi: 10.1007/s10597-014-9745-4.

Chaij, C., Han, M*.,& Graziano, L. (2014). Latino Families with a Child with Prader-Willi Syndrome: Exploring Needs for Support. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 13(3), 207-225.

Han, M., Valencia, M., De Leon, J., & Lee, Y. (2012). Development and Implementation of the Culturally Competent Program with Cambodians: The Pilot Psycho-Social-Cultural Treatment Group Program. Journal of Ethnic Minority & Diversity in Social Work, 21(3), 212-230.

Han, M., Lee, S. E., & Lee, P. A. (2012). Role of personal attributes on burnout among entering MSW students. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(3), 439-457.

Han, M. & Lemon Osterling, K. (2012). Characteristics and factors impacting reunification outcomes among Vietnamese immigrant families in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(1),103-111.

Ying, Y., Han, M., & Tseng, M. (2012). Acculturation and Post-Migration Stress in Middle-Aged Chinese Immigrant Women in Philadelphia: Variation between the Fujianese and the non-Fujianese women. Journal of Human Behaviors in the Social Environment, 22(1), 20-38.

Covarrubias, I. & Han, M*. (2011). Impact of social contact and beliefs about serious mental illness (SMI) on two mental health stigma: social distance and restrictions. Social Work, 56 (4), 317-325.

Han, M. & Lee, M. (2011). Risk and protective factors contributing to depressive symptoms in Vietnamese-American college students. Journal of College Student Development, 52(2), 154-166.

Osterling, K., L. & Han, M. (2011). Reunification outcomes among Mexican immigrant families in the child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1658-1666.

Han, M., & Chow, J. C. (2010). What changes MSW students’ view on the mission of Social work?, Social Work Education: International Journal, 29(2), 205-221.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2009). Stress and coping with professional challenges in entering MSW students: The role of self-compassion. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 28(3), 263-283.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Variation in the prediction of cross-cultural adjustment by ethnic density: A longitudinal study of Taiwanese students in the United States. College Student Journal, 42(4), 1075-1086.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Parental Contributions to Southeast Asian American adolescents’ well-being. Youth & Society. 40 (2), 289-306.

Ying, Y. & Han, M.(2008). Cultural orientation in Southeast Asian American young adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(1), 29-37.

Ying, Y. & Han, M. (2008). Parental cculturation, parental involvement, intergenerational relationship and adolescent outcomes in Filipino Asian American families. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 6(1), 112-131.

Ying, Y., Han, M. & Wong, S. L. (2008). Cultural orientation among adolescents Asian Americans: Variation by age and ethnic density. Youth & Society, 39(4), 507-523.

Han, M., & Stone, S. (2007). Access to Psycho-social services among pregnant and parenting teens: Generating questions using Youth reports and GIS mapping Techniques. Child & Youth Care Forum (former Child & Youth Care Quarterly), 36 (5/6), 213-224.

Han, M., Carnochan, S., & Austin, M. (2007). Factors contributing to difficulties in professional relationships among Juvenile dependency professionals. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 1(3).

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). Familism and mental health: Variation between Asian American children of refugees and immigrants. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 4(4), 333-348.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). A Longitudinal effect of intergenerational gap in acculturation on conflict and mental health in Southeast Asian American Adolescents, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 77(1), 61-66.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2007). A test of the International Congruence in Immigrant Families-Child scale in Southeast Asian Americans, Social Work Research, 31(1),35-43.

Carnochan, S., Abraham, A., Han, M, Taylor, S., Rashid, S., & Austin, M (2006). Child Welfare and the Courts: An exploratory study of the relationship between two complex systems, Journal of Public Child Welfare,1 (1), 117-126.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2006). The effect of intergenerational conflict and school-based racial discrimination on depression in Filipino American adolescence. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 4(4), 19-35.

Ying, Y., & Han, M. (2006). The contribution of personality, acculturative stressors, and social affiliation to adjustment: A longitudinal study of Taiwanese students in the United States.International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 30(5),623-635.

Han, M. (2006). Relationship among perceived parental trauma, attachment, and sense of coherence in Southeast Asian American late adolescents. Journal of Family Social Work, 9(2), 25-45.

Stone, S., & Han, M. (2005). Perceived school environment, perceived discrimination, and school performance among children of Mexican immigrants. Children and Youth Services Review, 27(1), 51-66.