Eunjung Lee

Associate Professor; Ph.D. - Smith College; M.S.W. - University of Connecticut; M.S.W. - Ewha University; B.S.W. - Ewha University
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-5716
Office Location: 

Room 328

Research Interests: 
  • Cross-cultural competencies
  • Clinical practice
  • Psychotherapy process research
  • Immigrant children and families
  • Education migration and education policy
  • Transnationalism
  • Training and supervision

Eunjugn Lee is an associate professor at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. She is originally from South Korea where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Social Work and worked as a social worker at a community welfare agency. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut and her Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. She was also trained in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (PPTP) for her in-depth clinical skills and knowledge as well as a close observation of human development through An Intensive Infant Observation Seminar at the Western Branch of Canadian Psychoanalytic Society in Vancouver. Before she joined the faculty in 2007, she had worked as a clinical social worker over 15 years in various settings, such as a Welfare-to-Work Transition Program in Connecticut, and A Stopping-the-Violence Program, Surrey and Delta Mental Health Centers, and Surrey Memorial Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Psychotherapy Institute in BC.

Her scholarship centers on three related areas: cross-cultural clinical practice, integrated practice-based process research, and immigrant children and families. With several federal funded and university based research grants, she has worked on clarifying clinical practice processes and identifying training issues to find intersections between clinical and structural issues in work with racialized and disadvantaged populations. Currently she teaches various clinical courses in the MSW program at the University of Toronto.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Lee, E. & Johnstone, M. (In press). A Production of Education Migrants: A Case Study of South Korean Transnational Families in Canada. International Social Work. 

Lee, E., & Fleischer, L. (In press). Contextualizing Psychopharmacological Issues in Social Work Education.  Journal of Human Behavior in Social Environment.

Lee, E. & Kealy, D. (2014). Revisiting Balint’s innovation: Building capacity through interprofessional collaboration in community mental health care.  Journal of Interprofessional Care. Early Online. doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.902369

Johnstone, M. & Lee, E. (2014). Branded: International education and 21st century Canadian immigration and education policy.  International Social Work.  doi: 10.1177/0020872813508572

Lee, E. (2014). A Therapist’s Self Disclosure (TSD): Disclosure of personal, profession, and/or cultural self?  Families in Society, 95(1), 15-23.

Fleischer, L. & Lee, E. (2013). Ego psychological contribution to understanding psychopharmacology and clinical practice in social work education. Smith Colleges Studies in Social Work. 83:4, 446-465.

Lee, E. & Johnstone, M. (2013). Global inequities: A gender-based analysis of the Live-in-Caregiver Program and the Kirogi phenomenon in Canada. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 28:4, 401-414.

Lee, E. & Horvath, A. O. (2013). How a therapist responds cultural versus noncultrual dialogues in cross-cultural clinical practice.  Journal of Social Work Practice, Online First, DOI:10.1080/02650533.2013.821104

Fang, L., Lee, E., & Huang (2013). A child who sees ghosts every night: Manifestations of psychosocial and familial stress following immigration. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 37, 549-564.

Lee, E. & Horvath, A. O. (2013). Early cultural dialogues in cross-cultural clinical practice.  Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83:2-3, 185-212.

Lee, E., and Bhuyan, R. (2013). Negotiating within whiteness in cross-cultural clinical encounter. Social Service Review, 87 (1), 98-130.

Lee, E. (2013). Understanding anxieties and facilitating twinship selfobject functions among social workers: Psychodynamic contributions to multicultural education. Journal of Social Work Practice, 27 (1), 63-78.

Lee, E. (2012). A working model of Cross-Cultural Clinical Practice (CCCP). Clinical Social Work Journal, 40 (1), 23-36.

Lee, E. (2011). Clinical significance of Cross-Cultural Competencies (CCC) in Social Work Practice. Journal of Social Work Practice, 25 (2), 185-204.  

Tsang, A. K. T., Bogo, M., & Lee, E. (2011). Engagement in Cross-Cultural Clinical Practice: Narrative Analysis of First Sessions, Clinical Social Work Journal, 39 (1), 79-90.

Lee, E., Mishna, F. & Brennenstuhl, S. (2010).  How to critically evaluate case studies in social work. Research on Social Work Practice, 20 (6), 682-689.

Lee, E. (2010). Revisioning cultural competencies in clinical social work practice. Families in Society, 91 (3), 272-279.