Pa Der Vang, MSW, PhD, LICSW portrait

Pa Der Vang, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor
BA, University of Wisconsin
MSW, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota
306 Fontbonne Hall - St. Kate's
(651) 690-8647
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

My teaching centers on the use of theory in generalist social work practice with an emphasis on social justice and empowerment. My research is on the experience of Hmong American immigrants and the acculturation process.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Race in America
  • Empowerment of women and people of color
  • Refugees and immigrants

Selected Publications

Vang, P.D. & Rooney, R. (2015). Generalist Social Work Practice. Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Vang, P.D. (2015). Hmong, Acculturation, and Mental Health. Journal of Hmong Studies, 15(2), 1-18.

Vang, P.D. & Her, P. (2014). Teenage Marriage among Hmong American women. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 24(2), 138-155.

Vang, P.D. (2013).  Generational differences among a small group of Hmong Americans. Journal of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Social Work, 22(1), 76-92.

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOWK 355 - 02 Comm/Interviewing Skills M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 SCB 205

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1525 - 1700


SCB 205

Course Registration Number:

40967 (View in ClassFinder)

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Pa D. Vang

This course is the first of a four-course practice sequence. The primary focus is on communication theory and skills as applied to social work with individuals, families, small groups, communities and organizations. There is an emphasis on self-awareness, beginning assessment skills and diversity issues. An integrative approach to generalist social work practice provides the context for intervention on individual, environmental and societal levels. SOWK 355/3550 is taken with SOWK 375/3750 (or 378/3780) in the fall for day students. EWO students take SOWK 3550 in the fall and SOWK 3780 in the spring. Prerequisites or concurrent registration with: SOWK 281/2810 and SOWK 340/3400 or by consent of the program director. SOWK 355/3550 is the same course as SOWK 3550/355 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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