Psychosocial adjustment of immigrant families
Substance abuse prevention
Web-based intervention programming
Evidence-based practice in social work agencies
Mental health services to immigrants, refugees, ethnocultulral and racialized groups
Risk and protective factors of substance abuse among adolescents
Lin Fang is an Associate Professor and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health. She is also the Director of the PhD Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Prior to joining FIFSW, she worked as a research scientist and an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State, she also rendered mental health assessments, treatments, and evaluations as a social work supervisor at a community health center in New York City. Dr. Fang has over 10 years of postgraduate clinical experience.
Dr. Fang’s research areas include the etiology and prevention of substance abuse among adolescents, evidence-based practice implementation in social work agencies, and mental health services to immigrants, refugees, ethnocultulral and racialized groups. She has received research grant support from the Social Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Her research has been published in journals that have strong importance to the field. She also has frequently presented in major social work and psychology conferences.
Dr. Fang teaches Foundations of Theory, Knowledge and Values in Social Work (MSW); Social Work Practice in Mental Health (MSW); Practice Based Research in Mental Health and Health (MSW), and Designing and Implementing Quantitative Social Work Research (PhD) at the FIFSW. She has an interactive and dynamic teaching style and her delivery of course content is organized and thorough. Dr. Fang is known for being able to effectively blend knowledge and skills of clinical practice with theories and research evidence in her presentations. She is the recipient of the Teaching Award 2015-2016 at FIFSW.
Smedslund, G., Wollscheid, S., Nilsen, W., Steiro, A., Fang, L., & Larun, L. (in press). Effects of computerized Iinterventions on risky alcohol use among youth: Systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice.
Huang, Y-T., & Fang, L. (2019). Fewer but not weaker”: Understanding the intersectional identities among Chinese immigrant young gay men in Toronto. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 89(1), 27-39.
Ku, J. Bhuyan, R., Sakamoto, I., Jeyapal, D., & Fang, L. (2019). “Canadian experience” discourse and anti-racialism in a “post-racial” society. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42, 291-310.
Fang, L., Sirotich, F., & Nikolova, N. (2018). Culturally congruent intensive case management service for three refugee communities. Psychiatric Services, 69: 1116.
Fang, L., Tarshis, S., McInroy, L., & Mishna, F. (2018). Undergraduate student experiences with text-based online counseling. British Journal of Social Work, 48, 1774-1790.
Fang, L., & McNeil, S. (2017). Is there a relationship between adverse childhood experiences and problem drinking behaviours? Findings from a population-based sample. Public Health, 150, 34-42.
Huz, S. , Thorning, H., White, C. N., Fang, L., Smith, B. T., Radigan, M., Dixson, L. (2017). Time in assertive community treatment: A statewide quality improvement initiative to reduce length of participation. Psychiatric Services, 68, 539-541.
Smedslund, G., Wollscheid, S., Fang, L., Nilsen, W., Steiro, A., & Larun, L. (2017). Effect of early, brief computerized interventions on risky alcohol and cannabis use among young people: A Campbell Systematic Review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. Retrieved from: https://www.campbellcollaboration.org/library/computerised-inteventions-youth-alcohol-cannabis-use.html
Fang, L., Chuang, D.-M., & Lee, Y. (2016). Adverse childhood experiences, gender, and HIV risk behaviors: Results from a population-based sample. Preventive Medicine Reports, 4, 113-120.
Fang, L., Schiff, M., & Benbenishty, R. (2016). Political violence exposure, adolescent school violence, and drug use: The mediating role of school support and posttraumatic stress. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 662-670.
Schiff, M., & Fang, L. (2016). Adolescents’ exposure to disasters and substance use. Current Psychiatry Reports, 18, 57.
Huang, Y-T., & Fang, L. (2016). Understanding depression from different paradigms: Toward an eclectic social work approach. British Journal of Social Work, 46, 756-772.
Good, B., & Fang, L. (2015). Promoting smart and safe internet use among children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their parents. Clinical Social Work Journal, 43(2), 179-188.
Fang, L., Mishna, F., Zhang, V., Bogo, M., & Van Wert, M. (2014). Social media and social work education: Understanding and dealing with the new digital world. Social Work in Health Care, 53(9), 800-814.
Fang, L., Zhang, V., Poon, H., Fung, W. L. A., & Katakia, D. (2014). Lifestyle practices, psychological well-being, and substance use among Chinese-Canadian youth. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(3-4), 207-222.
Fang, L., & Schinke, S. P. (2014). Mediation effects of a culturally generic substance use prevention program for Asian American adolescents. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 116-125.
Schiff, M., & Fang, L. (2014). Adolescent substance use in Israel: The roles of exposure to political traumas and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28,453-463.
Wollscheid, S., Fang, L., Nilsen, W., Smedslund, G., Steiro, A., Hammerstrøm, K. T., & Larun, L. (2014). Effect of early, brief computerized interventions on risky alcohol use and risky cannabis use among young people: Protocol for a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews. Retrieved from: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/267/
Fang, L., Lee, E., & Huang, F. Y. (2013). A child who sees ghosts every night: Manifestations of psychosocial and familial stress following immigration. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 37, 549-564.
Bledsoe-Mansori, S. E., Manuel, J., Bellamy, J. L., Fang, L., & Mullen, E. (2013). Implementing evidence based practice in social agencies: Practitioner assessment of an agency-based training program. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, 10(2), 73-90.
Fang, L., Bogo, M., Mishna, F., Murphy, L., Gibson, M. F, Griffiths, V., & Regehr, G. (2013). Development and initial evaluation of the Cyber-Counseling Objective Structured Clinical Examination (COSCE). Research on Social Work Practice, 23, 81-94.
Fang, L., & Schinke, S. P. (2013). Two-year outcomes of a randomized, family-based substance use prevention trial for Asian American adolescent girls. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27, 788-798.
Thorning, H., Shibusawa, T., Lukens, E., & Fang, L. (2013). Developing a train-the-trainer model for social work education in Kazakhstan. International Social Work, 56, 534-543.
Fang, L., Barnes-Ceeney, K., & Schinke, S. P. (2011). Substance use behavior among early-adolescent Asian American girls: The impact of psychological and family factors. Women & Health, 51, 623-642.
Bellamy, J. L., Bledsoe, S. E., Fang, L., Manuel, J., & Mullen, E. J. (2011). Addressing the barriers to EBP implementation in social work: Reflections from the BEST Project. In Rzipnecki, T., McCracken, S. & Briggs, H. From the task-centered approach to evidence-based and integrative practice (pp. 136-155). Chicago: Lyceum Press.
Fang, L., Barnes-Ceeney, K., Lee, R. A., & Tao, J. (2011). Substance use among Asian American adolescents: Perceptions of use and preferences for prevention programming. Social Work in Health Care, 50, 1-18.
Schinke, S. P., Fang, L., Cole, K., & Cohen-Cutler, S. (2011). Preventing substance abuse among Black- and Hispanic-American adolescent girls: Results from a computer-delivered, mother-daughter intervention approach. Substance Use & Misuse, 46, 35-45.
Fang, L., & Schinke, S. P. (2011). Alcohol use among Asian American adolescent girls: The impact of immigrant generation status and family relationships.Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 10, 275-294.
Fang, L. (2010). A sociocultural perspective of mental health service use by Chinese immigrants. Canadian Social Work Journal, 12(1), 152-160.
Fang, L., Schinke, S. P., & Cole, K. (2010). Preventing substance use among early Asian-American adolescent girls: Initial evaluation of a web-based, mother-daughter program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47, 529-532.
Schinke, S. P., Schwinn, T., & Fang, L. (2010). Longitudinal outcomes of an alcohol abuse prevention program for urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46, 451-457.
Fang, L., Schinke, S. P., & Cole, K. (2009). Underage drinking among young adolescent girls: The role of family processes. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 708-714.
Schinke, S. P., Fang, L., & Cole, K. (2009). Computer-delivered, parent-involvement intervention to prevent substance use among adolescent girls. Preventive Medicine, 49, 429-435.
Schinke, S. P., Fang, L., & Cole, K. (2009). Preventing drug abuse among adolescent girls: 1-year outcomes of a computerized, mother-daughter program. Addictive Behaviors, 34, 1060-1064.
Manuel, J., Mullen, E. J., Fang, L., Bellamy, J., & Bledsoe, S. E. (2009). Preparing social work practitioners to use evidence-based research in practice: A comparison of experiences from an implementation research project. Research on Social Work Practice, 19, 613-627.
Schinke, S. P., Cole, K., & Fang, L. (2009). Gender-specific intervention to reduce underage drinking among early adolescent girls: A test of a computer-mediated, mother-daughter program. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 70-77.
Schinke, S. P., Fang, L., & Cole, K. (2008). Substance use among early adolescent girls: Risk and protective factors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 43, 191-194.
Bellamy, J., Bledsoe, S. E., Mullen, E., Fang, L., & Manuel, J. (2008). Agency-university partnership for evidence-based practice in social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 44(3), 55-76.
Fang, L., & Schinke, S. P. (2007). Complementary alternative medicine use among Chinese Americans: Findings from a community mental health service population. Psychiatric Services, 58, 402-404.
Chen, H., Chung, H., Chen, T., Fang, L., & Chen, J. (2003). The emotional distress in a community after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Journal of Community Mental Health, 39, 157-165.
Recent Conference Presentations
Fang, L., & *McNeil, S. (2017, November 7). Adverse childhood experiences and heavy and binge alcohol use. Poster presented at American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo, Atlanta, GA.
Fang, L., Tarshis, S., & McInroy, L. (2017, January). “Are we logged in?” – Undergraduate student experiences with cyber-counseling. Paper presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Fang, , Smith, B. T., & Thorning, H. (2016, January). Assertive community treatment (ACT) provider perspectives and experiences on continuous quality improvement. Paper presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 20th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Fang, L., Huang, Y. T. (2015, August 6). The in-between cultural realities: Chinese immigrant youth in Canada. Poster presented at the 123th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Fang, L., Sakamoto, I., & Zhang, H. (2015, January). Exploring the roles of ethnic print media for the local Chinese Canadian community in the context of rapidly changing immigration policies in Canada. Poster presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Fang, L., & Huang, Y. T. (2015, January). “Because we have no one else but us”: Mainland Chinese immigrant families in Canada. Paper presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 19th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Fang, L., Nikolova, K., Sirotich, F., & Kwong, C. (2014, May 17). “It’s just good case management”: Findings from a mental health case management service for Tamil, Somali and Afghan communities in Toronto. Paper presented at Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Fang, L., Huang, Y. T., Liu, H., & Zhang, G. (2014, January 18). Navigating and negotiating cross-cultural experiences and identities among Mainland Chinese immigrant youth in Canada. Paper presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Fang, L., Bogo, M., Mishna, M., Van Wert, M., & Zhang, V. (2013, November 1). When social media becomes a virtual playground for students: Issues and recommendations. Paper presented at the Council of Social Work Education 59th Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.
Fang, L., Ma, J., Mak, C., Yi, C., Liu, H., & Zhang, G. (2013, January 19). Navigating and negotiating cultural worlds: Mainland Chinese immigrant families in Canada. Paper presented at the Society of Social Work and Research 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
Stella, C., Fang, L., Mak, C., & Serbinski, S. (2012, November 10). A systematic review on the impact of acculturation on parent-child relationships. Paper presented at the Council of Social Work Education 58th Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC.
Fang, L., Bogo, M., Mishna, F., Gibson, M. F., & Murphy, L. (2013, January 19). Development and initial evaluation of the Cyber-counseling Objective Structured Clinical Examination (COSCE). Poster presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Diego, CA.
Fang, L., & Katakia, (2017). Immigrants and health and mental health. In M. Yan & U. Anuchu (Eds.), Working with immigrants and refugees: Issues, theories, and approaches for social work and human service practice. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press Canada.
Fang, L., Manuel, J., Bledsoe, S. E., & Bellamy, J. (2014). Finding existing knowledge. In R. Grinnell & Y. Unrau (Eds.), Social work research and evaluation: Foundations of evidence-based practice (10th ed., pp. 167-184). New York: Oxford University Press.
Manuel, J., Fang, L., Bellamy, J., & Bledsoe, S. E. (2014). Evaluating existing evidence. In R. Grinnell & Y. Unrau (Eds.), Social work research and evaluation: Foundations of evidence-based practice (10th ed., pp. 185-200). New York: Oxford University Press.