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Chansophal Mak

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

PhD Candidate & Teaching Assistant

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Bachelor of Science Agronomy Science Royal University of Agriculture 2008
Bachelor of Education English Literature Royal University of Phnom Penh 2008
Master of Arts Educational Guidance and Counseling De La Salle University 2014
PhD Human Development and Family Science with Special Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy University of Georgia 2023

Research

Sophal is interested in integrating systemic perspective and ecological framework into the educational setting to promote mental health and well-being among learners and to create the environment for learners to learn to the fullest. Moreover, Sophal is also interested in intergenerational family relationship and how it affects decision making, relationship development, and mental health of the subsequent generations. Sophal aims to get expertise in Traumatic Stress treatment and Resilience building at all system levels (i.e., individual, family, community).

Teaching

Sophal taught General English to students from various backgrounds (i.e., elementary school, high school, college, and working students) from 2008 to 2018. Sophal was also a co-lecturer teaching group counselling and supportive seminar class in a Master program at the Department of Psychology, Royal University of Phnom Penh, from 2016 to 2018.

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Agronomy Royal Government of Cambodia 2004-2008
Master of Arts in Educational Guidance and Counselling Open Society Foundation 2011-2014
Summer Research Award of $5000 Cambodian and Laotian Strength and Resilience Project 2019
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship of $1100 College of Family and Consumer Science 2020
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship of $800 College of Family and Consumer Science 2021
Degree Acceleration Awards of $4800 Graduate School of University of Georgia 2021

Outreach

Sophal offered group consultations to freshmen students at Royal University of Phnom Penh, who are from the rural areas of Cambodia with the purpose to support those students in their adjustment to college and life in the city far away from their families. Sophal's group consultation's topics were "Life seeds" and "Beautiful Me Fighting Stress Monster".

Advisory Committee

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Wieling

Committee Member: Dr. J. Maria Bermudez

Committee Member: Dr. Desiree M. Seponski

Areas of Expertise

Sophal is passionated about exploring intergenerational family relationships, and identifying how these relationships affect the individuals and their relationship with others throughout their developmental stages. Sophal is also interested in interrupting patterns of emotions or behaviors that are not helpful for the development of the individuals and their relationships. 

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Child Help Line Cambodia External Relief Counselling Supervisor 2016-2018
CamEd Business School Counselling Psychologist 2016-2018
Department of Psychology, Royal University of Phnom Penh Co-lecturer 2016-2018
Consultation and Advising Services, Royal University of Phnom Penh Student Consultant 2015-2017
Cambodian Children Fund External Consultant 2015-2016
Khmer Counselling Psychology Services Counselling Psychologist 2015-2018
Department of Psychology, Royal University of Phnom Penh Translator in Psychology Dictionary Project 2014-2018
Pannasastra University of Cambodian English Instructor 2014-2018
THLA Translation Services Freelance Translator 2010-2018
Open Society Foundation Summer School Program, Chiang Mai, Thailand Program Assistant Jul-Aug, 2015
Ragamuffin Cambodia/International Translator & Co-therapist 2014-2018

Current Classes

SUMMER 2021

1. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum

2. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum (Clinical Research & Family Interventions)

3. HDFS 9000: Doctoral Research

4. HDFS 9920: Internship in HDFS

FALL 2021

1. HDFS 9010: Internship in hdfs

2. HDFS 9000: Doctoral Research

3. HDFS 9500: Doctoral Graduate Student Seminar

4. HDFS 9300: Doctoral Dissertation

Current Research

Sophal is working on several research: 

1. "Intergenrational Family Relations among Cambodian Immigrant Families along Coastline in Alabama"

2. "Spirituality and Grief Resolution among Cambodian Immigrants"

3. "A Collective Narrative of Families Disrupted by War and a Cry for Connection Among First Generation Cambodian Immigrants"

4. "Hidden Wish for Education and Its Barriers: A Collective Narrative among Third Generation Cambodian Immigrants" 

5. "A Sytematic Review of Evidence-based Family-based Interventions for Traumatic Stress among Refugee Families"

Job Description

Sophal's scholarship is in traumatic stress treatments at all system levels (i.e., individual, family, community), resilience building at all system levels (i.e., individual, family, community), and interupting intergenerational transmission of traumatic stress among displaced and ethinic minority populations. Sophal is also working on a systematic review of evidence-based family-based interventions for traumatic stress among refugee families world wide.

Journal Articles

Mak, C., Lewis, D. C., & Seponski, D. M. (2021). Intergenerational transmission of traumatic stress and  among Cambodian immigrant families along coastal Alabama: Family narratives. Journal of Health Equity,5(1). p.1-8. https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2020.0142

Mak, C.& Ouano, J. (2017). Stress appraisals and coping strategies of Cambodian dual-degree students: A Moderating role of achievement emotions. Philippines Journal of Counseling Psychology,19(1). p.39-50.

Publications

Mak, C., Lewis, D. C., & Seponski, D. M. (2021). Intergenerational transmission of traumatic stress and  among Cambodian immigrant families along coastal Alabama: Family narratives. Journal of Health Equity,5(1). p.1-8. https://doi.org/10.1089/heq.2020.0142

Mak, C.& Ouano, J. (2017). Stress appraisals and coping strategies of Cambodian dual-degree students: A Moderating role of achievement emotions. Philippines Journal of Counseling Psychology,19(1). p.39-50.

Working Papers

1. "A Systematic Review of Evidence-Based Family-Based Interventions for Traumatic Stress Treatment among Refugee Families"

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