Dalhee Yoon, PhD 2019, Receives KASWEA Outstanding Dissertation Award

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Recent doctoral graduate Dalhee Yoon, PhD 2019, has been recognized with the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Korean American Social Work Educators Association (KASWEA) for her dissertation “Peer-relationship patterns and their association with types of child maltreatment and adolescent risk behaviors in a sample of at-risk youth.”

The award recognized dissertations that exemplify high standards in social work research by doctoral students with Korean heritage. It will be presented to Dr. Yoon at the 2019 Annual Program meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Denver on October 24-27.

"This is a well-deserved honor for one of our doctoral alumni," said Sonia Minnes, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Doctoral Program at the Mandel School. "Dr. Yoon is an excellent researcher who is making important contributions to the study of child maltreatment."

Dr. Yoon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at the College of Community and Public Affairs of Binghamton University the State University of New York. Her research seeks to advance the understanding of adverse consequences of child maltreatment and to bridge research and practice. She investigates the impact of child maltreatment across a range of adolescent risk behaviors (e.g., substance use, risky sexual behaviors, and internalizing and externalizing symptoms), with a specific focus on the role of peer relationships. Dr. Yoon’s dissertation, along with several of etiological published articles and previous work experiences, have laid the groundwork for describing the sequence of child maltreatment on adolescent peer relationships and risk behaviors.

Last spring, Dr. Yoon was part of a team of researchers on a study that showed quality time with a father figure serves as a “protective factor,” helping to mitigate early childhood trauma. It was published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect.