Deborah Gorman-Smith

Dean & Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor​

School of Social Service Administration

The University of Chicago


Deborah Gorman-Smith is a Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Principal Investigator and director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention, one of 6 national Academic Centers of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Her program of research, grounded in a public health perspective, is focused on advancing knowledge about development, risk, and prevention of aggression and violence, with specific focus on minority youth living in poor urban settings. Gorman-Smith has been or currently is Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on several longitudinal risk and preventive intervention studies funded by NICHD, NIDA, CDC-P, SAMHSA and the W.T. Grant Foundation. Gorman-Smith has published extensively in areas related to youth violence, including the relationship between community characteristics, family functioning and aggression and violence, including partner violence and the impact of family-focused preventive interventions. She also serves as Senior Research Fellow with the Coalition for Evidence Based Policy—a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to promote government policy based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness. She currently serves as the President for the Society for Prevention Research, in addition to her service on other national, state, and university committees. She served as a visiting scholar at the Joint Center for Poverty Research at Northwestern University/University of Chicago.


Gorman-Smith was recently appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Board advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, regarding feasible goals for the prevention and control of injury.
















Karen E. Kim

Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine


Dr. Karen Kim specializes in the prevention, screening, and early detection of colorectal cancer, hepatitis B, and women's health issues--particularly functional bowel diseases. She is skilled in the assessment of hereditary colon cancer syndromes and colon cancer risk in families.


Dr. Kim's research explores chemoprevention for colon cancer and screening methods for populations with average and high risk. Her research interests include underserved and minority populations, understanding health disparities, cultural competency, and cancer prevention. She has also studied the education and awareness of hepatitis B in Asian Americans through screening, advocacy, treatment, and immunization for liver cancer prevention.
















Ruth Chao

Professor Emeritus at University of California, Riverside


Dr. Chao's research has involved exploring alternative conceptualizations, theories, and paradigms for capturing and understanding the parenting and childhood socialization of East Asian immigrant families, primarily Chinese. She has been particularly concerned with the area of parenting style, demonstrating the need for a reconceptualization of Baumrind's widely-recognized parenting styles (i.e., comprising three types, authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive). She has demonstrated (Chao, 2001) that although the authoritative parenting style was most predictive of achievement for European Americans, this style was least effective in explaining achievement for recent Chinese immigrants. She has proposed (Chao, 1994) as a resolution to this paradox, that these parenting-style concepts are relevant for Asians, and she offered an alternative indigenous parenting style of chiao shun (i.e., a Chinese term that she has generally translated as "training"). The concept of training is based on a type of parental control that is distinct from the more "domineering" control that describes the authoritarian parenting style.

















Sumie Okazaki

Professor at New York University


Sumie Okazaki conducts research on the impact of immigration and race (i.e., racism, racial identity, racialization) on Asian and Asian American adolescents and emerging adults within local and transnational contexts. With colleagues in anthropology, education, and developmental psychology as well as community partners, she has ongoing research projects with urban Chinese American adolescents and immigrant young adults in New York City; Chinese parents and adolescents in Nanjing, China; Korean American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City and Seoul, South Korea.


She has co-edited three books: South Korea’s education exodus: The life and challenges of early study abroad (under review; with Adrienne Lo, Soo-Ah Kwon, & Nancy Abelmann), Asian American Psychology: The Science of Lives in Context (2002; with Gordon C. N. Hall) and Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and Methods (2002; with Karen Kurasaki and Stanley Sue). She is the President-Elect of Asian American Psychological Association and has served as an Associate Editor of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology(2004-2011). She is the recipient of Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution from Asian American Psychological Association, Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program. Okazaki received her doctorate in psychology from UCLA in 1994 and has taught in the psychology departments and Asian American Studies programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to coming to Steinhardt.
















Kandauda K. A. S. Wickrama

Professor at University of Georgia


Dr. Wickrama is a professor at University of Georgia Department of Sociology. His major field of research is in social determinats of health and health inequality across the lifr course, racial/ethnical inequalities in mental and physical health of children and adults, international development and health, and application of advanced statistical methods to social epidemiology. 


He received the Rural Sociology Best Paper Award given by the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) in 2013 and also is a recipient of the Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award given by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for the outstanding research paper in 2003 that best addresses an issue important to family scholars and has theory enhancing characteristics.