Cho, Hyunkag, PhD

Cho, Hyunkag, PhD

Dr. Cho is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. His research has focused on intimate partner violence (IPV), with a specific emphasis on criminal justice intervention and immigrants.

Dr. Cho conducted secondary data analysis of the National Crime Victimization Survey to examine the effect of police’s arrest of perpetrators on reducing revictimization. He also used the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys to examine the nature of IPV and use of mental health services among immigrant victims who have not been well represented in national data. He has worked since 2008 with End Violent Encounters (EVE), Inc., a community service agency for victims, to help develop service procedures for immigrant victims whose primary languages are not English.

Dr. Cho is specifically interested in help seeking behaviors among IPV victims, including immigrants. Included in his research topics are victims’ perception of IPV, interpersonal and sociocultural factors affecting victims’ help seeking, and the process of victims’ selecting a source of help. Rigorous data collection from ethnic minority communities and collaboration with culturally competent scholars are emphasized through his research.

Selected Publications

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  • Cho, H., & Kwon, I. (2018). Intimate partner violence, cumulative violence exposure, and mental health service use. Community Mental Health Journal. 54(3), 259-266. Available online at
  • Cho, H. & Huang, L. (2016). Aspects of help seeking among collegiate victims of dating violence. Journal of Family Violence. doi:10.1007/s10896-016-9813-3
  • Cho, H., Shamrova, D., & Han, J., & Levchenko, P. (in press). Patterns of intimate partner violence victimization and survivors’ help-seeking. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Cho, H. (forthcoming 2010). From Hawaii to New York: A historical understanding of Korean Americans’ immigration and resistance against all odds. In J. H. Schiele (Ed.), Social welfare policy: Regulation and resistance among people of color. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Cho, H., & Wilke, D. J. (in press). Gender differences in the nature of the intimate partner violence and effects of perpetrator arrest on revictimization. Journal of Family Violence.
  • Teasley, M., Randolph, K., & Cho, H. (2008). School social workers’ perceived understanding of inner city & urban community and neighborhood risk and protective factors and effectiveness in practice tasks. School Social Work Journal, 33(1), 47-64.
  • Cho, H., & Wilke, D. J. (2005). How has the Violence Against Women Act affected the response of the criminal justice system to domestic violence? Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 32(4), 125-139.
  • Chang, H., & Cho, H. (2001). The prevalence and risk factors of dating violence among university students. Korean Journal of Family Social Work, 8, 177-201.