Christabel Cheung, Assistant Professor
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Christabel Cheung, PhD, MSW is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and a member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Cheung’s research interests in psychosocial oncology are primarily focused on the relationship between financial hardship, occupation, socioeconomic status, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients. She is also interested in the social determinants of disparities and health equity. In pursuit of these interests, she has led research projects as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, and contributed to numerous cancer care optimization, patient education, and advocacy initiatives aimed at improving health and behavioral health outcomes. In pursuit of these interests, she has led research projects as principal investigator and co-principal investigator and contributed to numerous cancer care optimization, patient education, and advocacy initiatives aimed at improving health and behavioral health outcomes.
Dr. Cheung’s research activities include participation as collaborating researcher at the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult (MAYA) Oncology Program, and AYA Patient Research Advocate for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded SWOG Cancer Research Network, aimed at designing and conducting multidisciplinary cancer clinical trials. She serves as teaching faculty for the NCI-funded Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) and the NCI-funded Nathan Schnaper Internship Program in Translational Cancer Research. She is also member of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program’s (NCORP) AYA Working Group, and collaborating member of the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, where she was previously special member of their Minority Underserved NCORP.
Dr. Cheung’s prior experience includes serving as lecturer/field consultant on the teaching faculty at the University of California Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. As a social work practitioner, she last served as executive director of San Francisco Village, a nonprofit organization within the national village movement for aging in place. As a patient advocate and two-time cancer survivor, Dr. Cheung is recognized for writing one of the first cancer blogs to focus on survivorship among racial minority patients, JadeGangster.com.
She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Social Welfare from University of California, Los Angeles.
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
M.S.W. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. University of Missouri-Columbia
Psychosocial oncology; cancer survivorship; financial hardship; adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology; social determinants; health care delivery and access; disparities; and health equity.
- Cheung, C.K., Santacroce, S. J., Zebrack, B.J. (in press). Adolescent and young adult patients. In W. Breitbart (Ed.) Psycho-oncology (4th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Cheung, C.K., Acquati, C., Smith, E., Katerere-Virima, T., and Helbling, L. (in press). “The impact of a cancer diagnosis on siblings across the lifespan: A systematic review.” Journal of Family Social Work.
- Cheung, C.K. & Wiener, L. (under review). Adolescents and young adults. In T. Altilio, S. Otis-Green & J. Cagle (Eds.) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Cheung, C.K. (2018). “Young cancer patients as future leaders in the global knowledge economy.” Cancer Therapy and Oncology International Journal. 10(4). https://doi.org/10.19080/CTOIJ.2018.10.555795
- Cheung, C.K. & Zebrack, B.J. (2017). “What do adolescents and young adults want from cancer resources? Insights from a Delphi panel of AYA patients.” Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 25(1), 119-126. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-016-3396-7
- Cheung, C. K. (2017). Occupied with cancer: Trajectories of employment/education and psychological distress among socioculturally diverse adolescent and young adult cancer patients (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from Proquest Dissertations Publishing. (Accession No. 10288120).