kareen tonsing

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Kareen N. Tonsing, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work

531 Varner Hall




Research interests

Immigration, Children and Family, Mental Health, Domestic Violence

Selected Publications

Tonsing, K.N. (first published online, 2020). Exploratory study of personal wellbeing of Burmese refugees in the United States. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2020.1827335.

Tonsing, K.N. & Vungkhanching, M. (2020). The relationship between post-migration living difficulties, social support and psychological distress of Burmese refugees in the United States. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 11(3), 179-186.

Tonsing, K.N., Tonsing, J.C., & Orbuch, T. (2020). Domestic violence, social support, coping and depressive symptomatology among South Asian women in Hong Kong. Journal of Loss and Trauma. First published online.

Tonsing, K.N. & Tonsing, J.C. (2019). Exploring South Asian women’s experiences of domestic violence and help-seeking within the sociocultural context in Hong Kong. Violence Against Women, 25(12), 1417-1432.

Tonsing, K.N. & Ghoh, C. (2019). Savings attitude and behavior in children participating in a matched savings program in Singapore. Journal of Child and Youth Services Review, 98, 17-23.

Tonsing, K.N. (2018). A review of mental health literacy in Singapore. Social Work in Health Care, 57(1), 27-47.

Tonsing, K.N. (2018). Instructor immediacy and statistics anxiety in social work undergraduate students. Social Work Education, 37(2): 223-233.

Tonsing, K.N. & Vungkhanching, M. (2018). Assessing psychological distress in cancer patients: The use of Distress Thermometer in an outpatient cancer/hematology treatment center. Social Work in Health Care, 57(2), 126-136.

Tonsing, K.N. & Ow, R. (Feb 2018). Quality of life, self-esteem, and future expectations of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Health & Social Work, 43(1), 15-21.

Courses Taught

SW 210 Introduction to Social Work

SW 310 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

SW 311 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

SW 3102 Foundations for Multicultural Social Work

SW 4103 Social Work Practice I

SOC 2010 Introduction to Methods of Social Research