Christabel K. Cheung, PhD, MSW


Christabel K. Cheung, PhD, MSW, is a social and behavioral scientist, health and mental health equity innovator, and embodied researcher with over two decades of professional experience. Specifically, Dr. Cheung holds over 10 years of experience conducting mixed-methods user experience research for inclusive product and content development in academic and applied settings. She also holds 8 years of health and mental health services experience in executive management and clinical social work roles, 3 years of public relations experience in enterprise digital technology, and 6 years as a certified personal fitness trainer.

In her current role as assistant professor of social work at the University of Maryland, Dr. Cheung leads a research lab with demonstrated experience in advancing technology-driven solutions rooted in scientific rigor to address the complex psychosocial challenges of health equity and mental health equity among minoritized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ adolescents and young adults (AYA) following a diagnosis of cancer. Her research activities include national and global collaborations with cross-functional scientists, engineers, and stakeholders aimed at filling critical gaps in scientific knowledge, while also improving the methods by which we study underrepresented users that may be particularly vulnerable and exploited. As an embodied BIPOC AYA patient scientist and two-time survivor of cancer in the AYA years (Hodgkin’s lymphoma), Dr. Cheung is recognized for writing one of the first cancer blogs advocating for racially-minoritized young adult patients,

She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Social Welfare from University of California, Los Angeles.