Jina J. Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Jina J. Sang, Ph.D., MSSW

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: School of Social Work and Family Sciences
Office: Polsky 411E
Phone: 330-972-5981
Email: jsang@uakron.edu
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Dr. Jina Sang is an Associate Professor, who is an educator, researcher, and author with expertise in children and families. With a background as a clinical social worker in mental health settings across New York, Connecticut, and California, she brings extensive hands-on experience to her academic pursuits.

Dr. Sang's research focuses on parent-child relationships, children's mental health, and family stress, demonstrating her dedication to family well-being. She has published books on these topics in Asian countries such as Korea, China, and Thailand, and serves on the NASW Ethics Committee. As a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Dr. Sang is committed to equipping individuals with the skills to support mental health in their communities.


  • Parent-child relationships
  • Mental health of children and families
  • Family stress


  • Kim, M. A., Sang, J., Yi. J., Sung, J., & Howey, W. (January, 2022). Impact of the death of a child with cancer on bereaved mothers’ family relationships. Poster presented to the 2022 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Gonzalez-Pons, K. (March, 2021). The impact of child’s cancer on the father’s social life in Korea. Poster presented to the 2021 American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Virtual Conference.
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Kim, S. H. (January, 2021). Parental overprotection and perceptions of child vulnerability as correlates of parenting stress among parents of child with cancer in Korea. Poster presented to the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.


  • Kim, M. A., Min, J., Sang, J., & Jee, H. (2024). Contributing factors of a good death for children with cancer from bereaved parents' perspectives in South Korea. Omega—Journal of Death and Dying. 302228241238385. doi: 10.1177/00302228241238385
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Lee, S. Y. (2024). Coming to terms: Korean mothers’ adaptation to child loss from cancer. Health & Social Care in the Community. https://doi.org/10.1155/2024/8810306
  • Yi, J., Kim, M. A., Sang, J., & Gonzalez-Pons, K. M. (2024). Caregiving stress experienced by parents of adult children with intellectual disabilities During COVID-19 in Korea. Social Work in Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/19371918.2024.2319856  
  • Yi, J., Kim, M. A., Sang, J., & Gonzalez-Pons, K. M. (2022). How does social and work life change for fathers of children with cancer? SAGE Open, 12(4). https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440221130040 
  • Sang, J., Patton, R. A., & Park, I. (2022). Comparing perceptions of addiction treatment between professionals and individuals in recovery. Substance Use & Misuse, 57(6), 983-994. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2022.2058706  
  • Kim, M. A., Sang, J., Yi, J., Sung, J., & Howey, W. (2021). Changes in relationships in bereaved families: Perspectives of mothers who lost a child to cancer. Journal of Death and Dying, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1177/00302228211047105 
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Jung, D. (2021). A photovoice study on the bereavement experience of mothers after the death of a child. Death Studies, 45(5), 390-404. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2019.1648333  
  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J., Koh, A., & Hurlburt, M.(2019). Maternal depressive symptoms, adolescent daughters' substance use, and father residence in minority families. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(11), 1774-1786. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1610446 
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., & Molloy, J. (2018). The impact of a child’s cancer on father’s relationship with spouse. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(1),166-175. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0862-x 
  • Kim, M. A., Yi, J., Sang, J., Kim, S. H., & Hur, I. Y. (2016). Experiences of Korean mothers of children with cancer: A photovoice study. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 35(2), 128-147. https://doi.org/10.1080/07347332.2016.1263265 
  • Sang, J., Cederbaum, J. A., & Hurlburt, M. S. (2016). Sexual intercourse among adolescent daughters of mothers with depressive symptoms from minority families. Journal of Adolescence, 51, 81-91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.06.002 
  • Yi, J., Kim, M. A., & Sang, J. (2016). Worries of childhood cancer survivors in young adulthood. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21, 113-119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2016.02.003 
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12038 
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2010.02.007  
  • 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.12.003 


  • Ph.D. University of Southern California
  • M.S.S.W. Columbia University
  • B.F.A. New York University


  • Social Work Ethics     
  • Social Work Research 
  • Social Work in Mental Health
  • Childhood Behavior Disorders 
  • Social Work Practice with Small Systems
  • Fundamentals of Research I
  • Fundamentals of Research II
  • Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar 
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy II: Beyond the Basics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness