Jina Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Jina Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: School of Social Work
Office: 415B, Polsky Bldg.
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, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families as a clinical social worker in mental health settings in New York, Connecticut, and California. Prior to joining the UA faculty, she taught at the School of Social Work at University of Southern California.

Dr. Sang's primary research interests also center on children’s mental health and family stress. She is particularly interested in parent-child relationships, more specifically father-daughter relationships—how fathers influence the well-being of their daughters. She has also published books on parenting and parent-child relationships in Asian countries including Korea, China, and Thailand.


  • Parent-child relationships
  • Children’s mental health
  • Family stress
  • Child maltreatment
  • Trauma


  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J. A., & Hurlburt, M. S. (December 3, 2014). Maternal depression, teen substance use, & father involvement. Poster presented to the Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees’ Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Sang, J. (October 14, 2014). The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. Bright Star Books, Inc., Akron, OH.
  • Sang, J. (March 13, 2014). Ethical guidelines for social workers: Social work with multicultural populations. Viewing Globally & Acting Locally. The University of Akron alumni group, Akron, OH.


  • 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


  • 7750:607 Advanced Practice with Small Systems I
  • 7750:480 Childhood Behavior Disorders                
  • 7750:440 Social Work Research I      
  • 7750:441 Social Work Research II  
  • 7750:425 Social Work Ethics                       
  • 7750:403 Social Work Practice III