Christabel K. Cheung, PhD, MSW is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Member of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the Research Assistant Scholars Program at UM SSW.
Dr. Cheung’s psychosocial oncology research focuses on the issues of cancer survivorship among adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients (diagnosed between ages 15-39 years) in the domains of financial hardship and disability; disparities and social determinants of health and mental health; antiracist patient engagement; and embodied research methods—a qualitative approach that she has developed for the social sciences and medicine.
Dr. Cheung's academic affiliations extend to esteemed research institutions including AYA CARES at Michigan Medicine; the MELD Research Group for the Southern California Cancer Surveillance Program; the STRONG Adolescent and Young Adult Core Outcomes Set Study at The Netherlands Cancer Institute; the Emancipatory Sciences Lab at the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. She contributes as teaching faculty for the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research and the NCI-funded Nathan Schnaper Internship Program in Translational Cancer Research. She has previously served as AYA patient research advocate for the SWOG Cancer Research Network, funded by the NCI to design and implement cancer clinical trials. As a social work practitioner with eight years of experience, she last served as executive director of San Francisco Village, a nonprofit organization within the national village movement for aging in place. As an embodied BIPOC AYA patient scientist and two-time cancer survivor in her young adult years, Dr. Cheung is an in-demand speaker who is recognized for writing one of the first cancer blogs advocating for racially minoritized young adult patients, JadeGangster.com.
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.