Serge C Lee, Ph.D.Serge Lee

Research Professor
California State University, Sacramento
Division of Social Work
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6090
Phone: (916) 278-5820



Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, August 1993

MSW, California State University, Sacramento, May1988

BS, International Economics, University of Utah, May1986

Nursing Certificate, International Rescue Committee, Thailand, 1977


Major Appointments

2003-Present   Professor of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento

1999-2003       Associate Professor of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento

1998-1999       Associate Professor of Social Work, California State University, Fresno

1993-1998       Assistant Professor of Social Work, California State University, Fresno

1988-1990       Clinical Social Worker, San Joaquin County Mental Health, Stockton, CA

1977-1979       Medic, Nongkhai Refugee Camp Hospital, Thailand


Special Awards/Assignments

2010-2013       China Department of Education, Migratory Professor Fellow

2007    Fulbright Senior Specialist, China

2007    Path Finders of the Year, Sacramento County, CA

2005    US Department of State and CDC. Special assignment to Wat Thamkrabok Refugee

          Camp, Thailand

2005-2009       Guest Lecturer. Guizhou Minzu University, Guiyang, Guizhou, PR. China

1999    Alumni of the Year, California State University, Sacramento

1992-1993       Boeing Endowment Fellow

1990-1993       CSWE, Minority Mental Health Fellow


Partial List of Publications

Lee, S., Lee, K. T. (in Press, 2017). Educational History and College Successes of Hmong
          Americans in Forty Years. University of Wisconsin Press


Lee, S., Dang, V., Vang, P. F., Vang, K., & Thao, P. (in Press, Fall 2017). Factors associated
          with delay 4-year college graduation of Hmong and Vietnamese. Hmong Studies Journal.


Lee, S. Chang, J., Yang, P., Lo, D., & Thao, X. (February 2016). The Hmong in the United
          States: From Preliterate to College Success. American International Journal of Humanities and Social
          Sciences, 2
(1). 42-52.


Lee, S., Dinis, M. S., Lowe, L., & Anders, K (2016). Statistics for International Social Work and
          Other Behavioral Sciences. New York: Oxford University Press


Lee, S., & Lee, K. (2015). The Hmong Americans and their culture. Proceedings of the 4th
          international conference on intangible heritage. Sharing Culture 2015. Green Lines Institute. Lagos, Portugal.


Chen, M. S. Jr., Fang, D. M., Stewart, S. L., Ly, M. Y., Lee, S. Dang, J. H.T., Nguey, T.T.,
          Maxwell, A. E., Bowlus, C.L., Bastani, R, Ngueyn, T.T. (March/April, 2013). Increasing Hepatitis B Screening
          for Hmong adults: Results from a randomized controlled community-based study. Cancer Epidemiology,
          Biomarkers and Prevention
, 22(5). 782-791.


Lee, S., & Chang, J. (2012). Mental Health Status of the Hmong Americans in 2012:  Three
          Decades Revisited. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 11: 55-70.


Lee, S., & Chang, J. (2012). Revisiting 37 Years Later: A Brief Summary of Existing Sources
          Related to Hmong and their Mental Health Status. Hmong Studies Journal, 13(2). 1-13.
          Fang, D. M., Lee, S., Stewart, S., Ly, M., Chen, M. (August 2010). Factors Associated with Pap Testing
          among Hmong Women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 21(3). 839-850.


Lee, S., & Chang, J. (2010). The need to estimate mental health status of Hmong Americans: 37
          years later. The State of the Hmong American Community. Hmong National Development: Washington DC, 47-51.


Lo, P., Fang, D. M., Ly, M., Stewart, S., Lee, S., Chen, M. S. (2010). Access to adequate healthcare
          for Hmong women: a patient navigation program to increase Pap Testing. Hmong Studies Journal, 11:1-29.


Lee, S., Toeung, S., O’Keefe, M. (2009). PTSD of Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge
          genocide:  Perceptions of their ongoing post-traumatic stress disorder. LAP-Lambert Academic Publishing:


Lee, S. (2007). The self-rated social well-being of Hmong college students in Northern
          California. Hmong Studies Journal. 8:1-19.


Lee, S. C., Xiong, Z. B., Yuen, F. K (2006). Explaining Early Marriage in Hmong
          Americans Community Explaining Hmong early marriage. In H. Holgate, R. Evans, F. K. Yuen, F. (Ed.).
          Teen Pregnancy and Parenthood: Global perspectives, Issues, and Interventions. London:  Taylor & Francis.


Pfeifer, M. E., & Lee, S. (2004). Hmong population, demographic, socioeconomic, and
          educational trends in the 2000 census. Hmong National Development: Washington, DC.


Lee, S. C., Yuen, F. K. (2003). Hmong Americans’ changing views and approaches toward
          disability:  Shaman and other helpers. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 2(2/3). 121-132.


Tran, Q. D., Lee, S. C., & Khoi, S. (1996). Ethnic and gender differences in parental
          expectations and life stress, Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 13(6). 515-526


Research Interests

  • Immigrants and refugees issues
  • Child and family social work
  • International social work
  • Behavioral health of minority groups
  • Social work curriculum developments
  • Program evaluation



SWRK 110 Introduction to Statistics
SWRK 111 Methods of Social Research
SWRK 210 Methods of Social Research
SWRK 500 Thesis/Project