Siyon Rhee

College of Health & Human Services
Department of Social Work


Dr. Siyon Rhee has taught theory, practice, and researach courses at Cal State LA School of Social Work. She will teach human behavior, researh, and graduate thesis courses this Winter in the School of Social Work.


Her major areas of scholarly interest and concern are health & mental health among immigrant Asians, child welfare, and aging.


Dr. Rhee also is interested in teaching the accelerated cohorts of the MSW One-Year Advanced Standing Program (ASP) at the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) campus.


Specific recent research interests include (1) child maltreatment among immigrant Asian families; (2) acculturation and psychological well-being among Asian American adolescents; (3) depression among elderly Asians; (4) Definitions of mental health and mental health service utilization patterns in immigrant Asian families; and (5) domestic violence in immigrant Asian families.



Research Methods & Data Analysis:  For Multicultural Social Work and Human Services (2nd Edition).  T. Tran, S. Rhee, & C. Shen.  Boston, Cognella Publisher.


Human Rights: Yes! (Korean Translated Version).  J. Won, M. Jun, M. Kim, S. Lee, S. Rhee, S. Jung, Y. Choi, and C. Hwang.  Knowledge Community, Korea.


Multicultural Social Work Research Methods and Data Analysis:  A Tool for Investigating Social Problems and Evidence-based Practice (1st Edition). T. Tran, S. Rhee, & C. Shen.  Boston, Cognella Publisher.


“Relationship Power, Sexual Decision Making and HIV Risk Among Midlife and Older Women.” Journal of Women & Aging, 27(4), winter (With J. Altschuler - First Author).


“Comparative Analysis on Determinants of Self-Rated Health among Non-Hispanic White, Hispanic, and Asian American Older Adults.”  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.  doi 10.1007/s10903-013-9852-2   (With J.W. Min, S. Lee, J. Rhee, T. Tran).


Strengthening Cultural Competency in California’s Domestic Violence Field for High Needs Underserved Population: Final Report.  Submitted to Korean American Family Services (KFAM)


“Child Maltreatment among Immigrant Vietnamese Families: Characteristics and Implications for Practice.”  Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 29, 85-101 (With J. Chang, M. Berthold, & G. Mar).  doi 10.1007/s10560-011-0253-x.





September 1985-June 1988:        
School of Social Welfare
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

September 1979-June 1981:        
School of Social Welfare
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Master of Social Welfare Degree (MSW)

March 1974-February 1975:        
Graduate School
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Completed Coursework in sociology

March 1969-February 1974:        
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Bachelor of Arts in sociology (BA)