Dr. Wansoo Park

Wansoo Park
Associate Professor

Office: 201-D, 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, ON N9A 0C5
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3069
E-mail: wansoo@uwindsor.ca

Scholarly Interests/Areas of Expertise

  • Acculturation stress
  • Transnationalism
  • Immigrants health
  • Community practice
  • Program evaluation

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of South Carolina - 2000
  • MSW, The Ohio State University - 1993
  • BA, Yonsei University - 1989

Recent Courses Taught


02-47-117, Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare
02-47-118, Meeting Human Needs through Social Work
02-47-416, Social Work and Intersectionality


02-47-523, Challenges in Human Development
02-47-532, Foundations for Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups
02-47-547, Advanced Social work Research: Practice Evaluation
02-47-550, Social Work Values, Ethics and Anti-Oppressive Practice
02-47-570, Field Integration Seminar
02-47-640, Advanced Social Work Research: Program Evaluation
02-47-680, Internship Seminar


02-47-731, Civic Engagement: Promoting Social Justice


WANSOO PARK is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor. She previously taught in the Social Work department at the Georgia State University. Her teaching interests include program evaluation, research methods, group work, community practice as well as international social work. Her practice background includes health promotion, program development, program evaluation, and community practice with immigrant communities. Her areas of interest are grounded in promoting civic engagement, social inclusion and making connections between and amongst individuals, families, institutions, communities, programs, and policies in multicultural society. She is particularly interested in the area of health and mental health among immigrant and transnational families across life span.

Professional and Educational Responsibilities

  • Graduate (MSW) Committee
  • Undergraduate (BSW) Committee
  • PhD Committee

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Carter, I., Barrett, B., & Park, W. (2011). Enhancing collaborative teaching process in introductory social work classes. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31, 569-578.

Park, W. (2009). Acculturative stress and mental health factors Korean American adolescents. Journal Human Behavior in Social Environment, 19(5), 626-634.

Park, W. (2009). Parental attachment among Korean American adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 26(4), 307-319.

Yun, S.H., & Park, W. (2008). Clinical characteristics of alcohol drinking and acculturation issues faced in Korean immigrant in the United States, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 8(1), 3-20.

Park, W., & Grindel, C. G. (2007). Korean mother and daughter communication on women’s health topics. The Journal of Cultural Diversity, an interdisciplinary journal, 14(1), 4-11.

Flacker, J. M., Park, W., & Sims, A. (2007). Older patient’s knowledge of discharge plan: A failure of communication or information? Journal of Hospital Medicine, 2(5), 291-296.

Book Chapters

Kim, A., Yun, S.H., Park, W., & Noh, S. (In Press). Explaining the migration strategy: Comparing transnational and intact migrant families from South Korea to Canada. In Min, Pyong Gap, Korean American and Korean Canadian Experiences in the Twenty-First Century.

Vonk, M.E., Yun, S.H., Park, W., & Massatti, R.R. (2007). Transracial adoptive parents’ thoughts about the importance of race and culture in parenting. In K. Bergquist, M.E. Vonk, D.S. Kim, & M. Feit, International Korean adoption: A fifty-year history of policy and practice. Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, NY.

Research/Recent Funded Projects

Lee, E., Kim, A., Kwak, M., Noh, S., Park, W. (Co-Investigator). , & Yun, S. (2011). Education migrants in Canadian schools: Discourse analysis of social policies and practices of the education migration among South Korean Families. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant. CAN $ 96,583.

Kim, A., Lee, E., Noh, S., Park, W., Yun, S. (Co-Investigator). (2009). Development, Migration Strategies and Prospects for Integration: Understanding Contemporary Transnationalism among South Korean Families. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant. CAN $99,000.