Jina Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Jina Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: School of Social Work and Family Sciences
Office: Polsky 411E
Phone: 330-972-5981
Email: jsang@uakron.edu


Dr. Jina Sang joined the UA social work faculty in 2013. Her areas of expertise focus on children and families. She has worked with children and families as a clinical social worker in mental health settings in New York, Connecticut, and California. 

Dr. Sang's primary research interests center on parent-child relationships, children's mental health, and family stress. She has also published books on mental health and parent-child relationships in Asian countries including Korea, China, and Thailand. Currently, she is serving as a member on the NASW Ethics Committee.


  • Parent-child relationships
  • Mental health of children and families
  • Family stress


  • Sang, J. (November, 2019). Stigma hurts: How stigma of mental illness affects families and what social workers can do. Oral presentation at the 2019 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter Annual Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • Sang, J. (July, 2018). Childhood Behavioral Disorders. CEU Workshop at the University of Akron, Akron, OH.
  • Sang, J. (January, 2018). My child rejects me: Alienated parents from separated or divorced Families. Poster presented to the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.


  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J., Koh, A., & Hurlburt, M.(2019). Maternal depressive symptoms, adolescent daughters' substance use, and father residence in minority families. Substance Use & Misuse. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1610446
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Chung, D. H. (2019). A photovoice study on the bereavement experience of mothers after the death of a child from cancer in Korea. Death Studies. Advanced online publication.
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Molloy, J. (2018). The impact of a child’s cancer on father’s relationship with spouse. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(1),166-175. 
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., Kim, S. H., & Hur, I. Y. (2016). Experiences of Korean mothers of children with cancer: A photovoice study. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 35(2), 128-147.
  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J. A., & Hurlburt, M. S. (2016). Sexual intercourse among adolescent daughters of mothers with depressive symptoms from minority families. Journal of Adolescence, 51, 81-91.
  • Yi, J., Kim, M. A., & Sang, J. (2016). Worries of childhood cancer survivors in young adulthood. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21, 113-119.
  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J. A., & Hurlburt, M. S. (2014). Parentification, substance use, and sex among adolescent daughters from ethnic minority families: The moderating role of monitoring. Family Process, 53(2), 252-266.
  • Mennen, F. E., Kim, K., Sang, J., & Trickett, P. K. (2010). Child neglect: Definition and identification of youth’s experiences in official reports of maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(9), 647-658. 
  • Trickett, P. K., Mennen, F. E., Kim, K., & Sang, J. (2009). Emotional abuse in a sample of multiply-maltreated, urban young adolescents: Issues of definition and identification. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33(1), 27-35. 


  • Ph.D. University of Southern California
  • M.S.S.W. Columbia University
  • B.F.A. New York University


  • 7750:425 Social Work Ethics              
  • 7750:452 Social Work in Mental Health
  • 7750:605 Social Work Practice with Small Systems
  • 7750:622 Fundamentals of Research I
  • 7750:623 Fundamentals of Research II
  • 7750:650 Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar 
  • 7750:675 Program Evaluation
  • 7750:693 Evidence-Based Practice for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
  • 7750:480 Childhood Behavior Disorders 
  • 7750:440 Social Work Research 
  • 7750:403 Social Work Practice III
  • 7750:607 Advanced Practice with Small Systems I