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Lee, Mo Yee, Ph.D.

Doctoral Program Director and Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Toronto, 1995
MSW - University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
BSS - Social Work - University of Hong Kong, 1983

Areas of Expertise
Child mental health
Intervention research
Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST)
Solution-focused brief treatment
Integrative body-mind-spirit social work practice

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Developing evidence-based practice
Intervention research using a solution-focused, strengths-based, and systems perspective
Intervention research on integrative body-mind-spirit approaches in treatment
Culturally competent social work practice


Dr. Mo Yee Lee is Professor at the College of Social Work, The Ohio State University; Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong.  She is also Chair of the Asian Pacific Islanders Mentoring Program, which is a program of Asian Pacific Islanders Social Worker Educators Association (APISWEA).  Her scholarship focuses on intervention research using a solution-focused, strengths-based, and systems perspective as well as utilizing integrative body-mind-spirit approaches in treatment. Her research involves active engagement with agencies and community in creating solutions for diverse mental health problems in adults and children.  She has conducted research on Integrative Family and Systems Treatment that utilizes family strengths and resilience in treatment with children with severe behavioral and emotional problems; solution-focused brief treatment with domestic violence offenders; and use of meditation for treating female trauma survivors of interpersonal abuses who also have substance use problems. Dr. Lee has published “Integrative Families and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A strengths-based common factors approach,”Culturally Competent Research: Using Ethnography as a Meta-Framework,”Solution-Oriented Social Work: A Practice Approach to Working with Client Strengths,”Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Social Work: An empirically based approach to assessment and treatment,” and “Solution-focused treatment with domestic violence offenders: Accountability for change.” The Oxford University Press published these books in 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, and 2003 respectively. She is the recipient of 2008 Insoo Kim Berg Award for Innovative Research and Application of Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Dr. Lee is also the Editor of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.