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Kenny Kwong, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor, Chair, Research Sequence

B.S.W, Hong Kong Shue Yan University; M.S.W., University of Alabama; Ph.D., the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York; LMSW

Dr. Kwong has more than 18 years of professional social work experience in health and mental health sectors including 12 years of administrative, managerial, and supervisory experiences as well as grant development and grant management experiences.  He has extensive experience in fostering agency and community-based partnerships and is committed to advance social work practice with diverse and vulnerable populations in urban settings.  Much of his social work and community health practice has focused on low income Asian immigrant populations.  Dr. Kwong held a Post Masters Certificate in Social Work Administration and completed Post Graduate Program in Social Work Supervision and Training at Hunter College School of Social Work.  He previously taught at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and served as the Chair of the Health and Mental Health Field of Practice.  He teaches social work research, Human Behavior and the Social Environment III, and an advanced clinical elective in social work practice in health care.  At the Touro College GSSW, Dr. Kwong is the Chair of Social Work Research sequence.  His teaching embraces the opportunities put forward by pedagogical software to enhance student skill development.  Much of his research has been focused on low income Asian immigrant populations in urban settings.  Employing practice-based descriptive and intervention study designs, he has investigated a range of critical domains in health and mental health, namely health care access, cancer, depression, tobacco use, and substance abuse among Asian immigrant populations. He has developed a crucial and in-depth understanding of the barriers and socio-economic constraints faced by immigrants attempting to access health and mental health treatment. Frequent invitations to present these research findings to regional and national audiences have enhanced our global understanding of health disparities experienced by low income underserved immigrant populations.