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Winnie W. Kung


Associate ProfessorWinnie Kung, Faculty Profile
Phone: 212-636-6635
Office: Lincoln Center 723C


Dr. Kung is associate professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. Her research interests include mental health and families, with an emphasis on cultural impacts. Her recent publications include Chinese Americans care-givers’ burden and causal attributions of schizophrenia, Chinese Americans’ help-seeking behaviors and barriers to mental health treatment, integration of primary care and mental health services, and the sociocultural contexts in shaping divorced women’s stress and coping in Hong Kong. She has developed an ethnic sensitive family intervention for Chinese American caregivers of patients suffering from schizophrenia, and is pilot-testing it with research grants from The Lois and Samual Silberman Fund, Bristol-Myers Squibbs Foundation, and Fordham Univeristy Faculty Development Grant.

She also did studies on depression and marital distress as well as depression among Mexican Americans. Dr. Kung has taught for seven years at the University of Southern California and a year at The University of Hong Kong after her doctoral training at the University of Chicago. She currently teaches graduate practice courses with individuals, families and groups.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Kung, W. W. & Lu, P.-C. (2008). How symptom manifestations affect help seeking for mental health problems among Chinese Americans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196(1), 46-54.

Kung, W. W. (2005). Western model, Eastern context: Cultural adaptations of family interventions for patients with schizophrenia in China. International Social Work, 48(4), 409-418.

Yeung, A., Kung, W. W., Murakami, J., Mischoulon, D., Alpert, J. A., Nierenberg, A., Fava, A. (2005). Outcome of Recognizing Depressed Chinese American Patients in Primary Care. International Journal of Psychiatry and Medicine, 35(3), 213-224.

Kung, W. W. (2004). Cultural and practical barriers to seeking mental health treatment for Chinese Americans. Journal of Community Psychology,32(1), 27-43.

Kung, W. W. (2004). Causal attributions of schizophrenia by Chinese American caregivers. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work,13(1), 37-57.

Kung, W. W., Hung, S. L., & Chan, C. L. (2004). How the socio-cultural context shapes women’s divorce experience in Hong Kong. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 35, 33-50.

Yeung, A., Kung, W. W., Rubenstein, G., Chung, H., Rubenstein, G., Roffi, P., Mischoulon, D., Fava, M. (2004). Integrating psychiatry and primary care improves acceptability to mental health services among Chinese Americans. General Hospital Psychiatry,26(4), 256-260.

Kung, W. W. (2003). Chinese Americans’ help seeking for emotional distress. Social Service Review, 77, 110-134.

Kung, W. W. (2003). The illness, stigma, culture, or immigration? Burdens on Chinese American caregivers of patients with schizophrenia. Families in Society, 84, 547-557.

Kung, W. W., Castaneda, I., & Lee, P. (2003). Stress, social support, and coping as predictors of depression level: Differences between native-born and immigrant Mexican Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services, 1 (3/4), 61-80.

Hung, S. L., Kung, W. W., & Chan, C. L. (2003). Women coping with divorce in the unique sociocultural context of Hong Kong. Journal of Family Social Work 7,1-22.

Kung, W. W. (2001). Consideration of cultural factors in working with Chinese American families with a mentally ill patient. Families in Society, 82, 97-107.

Kung, W. W. (2001). How to enhance the validity of social work practice research. Journal of Social Work Practice & Evaluation, 1, 25-45 (in Chinese).

Kung, W. W. (2000). The intertwined relationship between depression and marital distress: Elements of marital therapy conducive to effective treatment outcome. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 51-63.

Kung, W. W. (2000). Rating scale of therapists’ systemic responses in an individual treatment context. Family Process, 39, 207-217.

Kung, W. W. & Elkin, I. (2000). Marital adjustment asa predictor of outcome in individual treatment of depression. Psychotherapy Research, 10, 267-278.

Bae, S. & Kung, W. W. (2000). Family intervention for Asian Americans with a schizophrenic patient in the family. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 70, 532-541.

Invited Articles and Book Chapters

Kung, W. W. & Tseng, Y.-F. (2006). Mental Health Issues of Chinese Americans: Help Seeking Behaviors and Culturally Relevant Services. In J. Rosenberg & S. Rosenberg (Eds.) Community Mental Health: Challenges for the 21st Century (pp. 141-152.) New York: Brunner Routledge.

Congress, E. P. & Kung, W. W.(2005). Using the culturagram to access and empower culturally diverse families. In E. P. Congress & M. Gonzales (Eds.). Multicultural perspectives in working with families (pp. 3-21.) New York: Springer Publishing.

Chan, C. L. W., Hung, S. L., Kung, W. W. (2005). Rediscovery of the “self”: culturally-sensitive intervention for Chinese divorced women.” In K. P. H. Young & A. Y. L. Fok (Eds.). Marriage, divorce and remarriage: Professional practice in the Hong Kong cultural context (pp. 143-168). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Kung, W. W. (2004). Cultural consideration in working with families with a mental patient in China. In Tsang, K., Yan, M., & Shera, W. (eds.) Social work in China: A snapshot of critical issues and emerging ideas (pp. 123-132.) Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.

Yeung, A. & Kung, W. W. (2004). How culture impacts on the treatment of mental illnesses among Asian Americans. Psychiatric Times, 21(1), 34-36.

Kung, W. W. (2002). Marital distress and depression: a review of marital therapy. Published electronically in the online journal Understanding stress, anxiety, and depression for STAND (an initiative of the Sir Robert Mond Memorial Trust) at

Kung, W. W. (2001). Working with families with a mentally ill patient: considerations of the Chinese sociocultural context. In Tsang, K., Wang, S., & Yan, M. (eds.) Proceedings from the international conference on the twenty-first century social work development in China (140-152). Beijing, China: Chinese Social Sciences Publishers. (In Chinese).