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School of Social Work
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SOCW 541: Clinical Social Work Research Seminar
What I Do
I am interested in addressing intimate partner violence and other preventable public health issues through early, culturally inclusive, and equitable intervention. I advocate for racial justice and health equity among people of color with multiple marginalized identities to help them thrive in their relationships and communities. Before joining the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I was a social worker serving low-income immigrant women in New York City and Atlanta. I taught students from diverse backgrounds at North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Georgia.
MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work at University of Georgia
BA in Economics and MS in Child Welfare at Chungbuk National University, Korea
Soonok’s main research area is in intimate partner violence, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities. Her research aims to maximize the physical and mental well-being of individuals in intimate relationships by increasing their awareness and behavior of healthy relationships and by developing the capacity of service providers who support at-risk populations of IPV in diverse communities such as college campuses. To achieve this goal, she develops culturally inclusive and equitable prevention programs that promote informed service utilization and generate effective service outcomes for IPV and other public health issues. As part of this effort, supported by the New York Community Trust’s Fahs-Beck Fund, she is currently developing a college-based IPV prevention program entitled “HUG in Relationships” for black college students to promote their understanding of healthy relationships and thereby prevent IPV.
- An, S., & Choi, G. (2019). Is TANF truly accessible and helpful?: Victims’ experiences with domestic violence screening under the Family Violence Option. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(4), 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109919857670
- An, S., Kim, I., & Choi, Y. J., Platt, M., & Thomson, D. (2017). The effectiveness of intervention for adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Children and Youth Services Review, 79, 132-138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.031
- Choi. Y. J. & An. S. (2016). Interventions to improve responses of helping professionals to intimate partner violence: A quick scoping review. Research on Social Work Practice, 26(1), 101-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731515579420