Distinguished Speaker Series

Dr. Rowena Fong's Bio


Dr. Rowena Fong is the Ruby Lee Piester Centennial Professor Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Fong received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University, her MSW in Children and Families from UC Berkeley, and her BA in Chinese Studies and Psychology from Wellesley College.  Dr. Fong’s research areas and professional interests focus on Adoptions and child welfare; International adoptions from China; Chinese American children and families; Women and children victims of Human Trafficking; Disproportionality in public child welfare; Culturally competent practice; Translational research and practice.

Dr. Fong has been Principal Investigator in Hawaii and Co-Principal Investigator in Texas on the Title IVE training grants funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She teaches courses on Adoption and Foster Care, Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, International Social Work, and Social Work Practice with Asian American Children and Families.

She has numerous publications, including 7 published books and one book in progress.  She received the 2008 Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award of the Council on Social Work Education; the 2007 Texas Exes Teaching Award of the University of Texas at Austin; the 2001 Regent's Teaching Award of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the 2001 Social Worker of the Year in Education and Training of the National Association of Social Work, Honolulu Chapter. In 2008 she was President-elect of the Society of Social Work and Research and is currently serving as President. She has served on the editorial boards of Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Research and Social Work Practice, Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work and is currently serving on Child Welfare, Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Religion and Childhood.


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