Siyon Rhee, M.S.W. '81, D.S.W. '88

Posted On - August 26, 2022


Siyon Rhee, M.S.W. '81, D.S.W. '88Siyon Rhee, M.S.W. '81, D.S.W. '88, a professor and director of the School of Social Work in the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Humans Services at Cal State LA, was recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding achievements during University Convocation 2022.

An Arcadia resident, Rhee was presented an Outstanding Professor Award on Aug. 18 for her significant achievements in scholarly inquiry or creativity, as well as professional activities and community service.

Recognized in the field of social work, Rhee’s research focuses on health, mental health, intimate partner violence and culturally sensitive social work practice with children in Asian American immigrant families. She received her master's degree and her doctorate in social welfare from UCLA.

Rhee has been instrumental in securing grants totaling approximately $3.1 million. As part of the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Title IV-E Program, she has collaborated on child welfare workforce development activities with CalSWEC at UC Berkeley Welfare and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

She has authored and coauthored seven books about multicultural social work practice in child welfare, multicultural approaches to evidence-based social work research, the health of immigrant Koreans and human rights for people with disabilities. She has also authored and coauthored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and delivered more than 60 conference presentations nationally and internationally.

Rhee has worked with Korean American Family Services to evaluate their long-term projects, aiming to improve community knowledge of domestic violence and coping mechanisms among immigrant Korean Americans and faith leaders.

Additionally, Rhee served as the inaugural director of the Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing, which has been housed in the Cal State LA Downtown campus since 2016. She has mentored and guided more than 300 graduate thesis projects since the inception of the MSW program in 1998.

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