Christabel Cheung

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Christabel Cheung, Assistant Professor
Room: 3W04
Phone: 410-706-7011

Cheung CV

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 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 health, health disparities, health equity, antiracist patient engagement in the conduct of research, and embodied research methods. 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 AYA Patient Research Advocate for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded SWOG Cancer Research Network, aimed at designing and conducting multidisciplinary cancer clinical trials, and faculty affiliate at AYA CAncer REsearch (AYA CARE), the research arm of the AYA Oncology Program at Michigan Medicine. She contributes as teaching faculty for the NCI-funded Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) and the NCI-funded Nathan Schnaper Internship Program (NSIP) 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 an ardent patient advocate, Dr. Cheung is recognized for writing one of the first cancer blogs to focus on survivorship among racial minority young adult patients,

She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and 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

Expertise and Research Interests

Psychosocial oncology; adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology; financial hardship; social determinants of health; health disparities; health equity; patient engagement in research; and embodied research.

Select Publications

  • Cheung, C.K., Acquati, C., Smith, E., Katerere-Virima, T., and Helbling, L. (2020). “The impact of a cancer diagnosis on sibling relationships from childhood through young adulthood: A systematic review.” Journal of Family Social Work. 23(4), 357-377.

  • Cheung, C.K., Santacroce, S. J., Zebrack, B.J. (2020). Adolescent and young adult patients. In W. Breitbart (Ed.) Psycho-oncology (4th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [in press].

  • Cheung, C.K. & Wiener, L. (2020). Adolescents and young adults. [Manuscript submitted for publication]. In T. Altilio, S. Otis-Green & J. Cagle (Eds.) Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [Manuscript submitted for publication].

  • Unger, J.M., Moseley, A., Cheung, C.K., Ramsey, S.D., Osarogiagbon, R.U., Symington, B., Hershman, D.L. (2020) “Persistent disparities: Socioeconomic deprivation and cancer outcomes in patients treated in clinical trials.” [Manuscript submitted for publication].

  • Cheung, C.K., Katerere-Virima,T., Helbling, L.E., & Tucker-Seeley, R. (2020). “Capturing the Financial Toxicity of Cancer in Military Adolescent and Young Adult Patients: A Conceptual Framework.” [Manuscript submitted for publication].

  • Cheung, C.K. (2018). “Young cancer patients as future leaders in the global knowledge economy.” Cancer Therapy and Oncology International Journal. 10(4).

  • 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.