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Chansophal Mak

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

PhD Student & Research 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 and relational perspective 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 relation and how it affects decision making, relationship, and mental health of the subsequent generations. Sophal aims to get expertise in intergenrational family relation and intergertantional transmission of trama and resilience.

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 the 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

Outreach

Sophal offered group consultation 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 family. 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. Desiree Seponski

Committee Member: Dr. Maria Bermudez

Areas of Expertise

Sophal is passionated about exploring intergenerational emotional and behavioral patterns in the family and contextual system, and identifying how these patterns affect the individuals and their relationship with others. Sophal is also interested in breaking patterns of emotions or behaviors that are not helpful for the development of the individuals and thier relationship. 

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

FALL 2020

1. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum 

2. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum Foundation

3. HDFS 9080: MFT Supervision

4. QUAL 8420E: Analyzing Qual Data

5. SOWK 7212: Assessment and Psychopathology

SPRING 2021

1. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum 

2. HDFS 9070: MFT Practicum Foundation

3. HDFS 8950: Global Mental Health and Clinical Systemic Interventions

4. QUAL 9400e: Teaching Qualitative Research

5. GRSC 8550: Responsible Conduct of Research

Current Research

Sophal is working on several research: 

1. "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Reslience among Cambodian Immigrant Families along Coastlines in Alabama: Narratives through Genograms"

2. "Intergenrational Family Relation among Cambodian Immigrant Families along Coastline in Alabama"

3. "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Relience among Cambodian Immigrant Family: A Bowenian Intergenerational Family Relation Perspective"

4. "Parent Child Relationship as a Disruption to Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma among Cambodian Immigrants: A Clinical Implication"

5. "Spirituality and Grief Resolution among Cambodian Immigrants"

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

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

Job Description

Sophal is researching "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Resilience among Cambodian Immigrant Families" to understand the transmission process and mechanism. Sophal is also working on a clinical research to inform parents on how parent child relationship disrupts the process of intergenerationship transmission of trauma.

Publications

Perceived Academic Stress and Coping Strategies among Dual Degree Students in Cambodia: Examining Acheivement Emotions as Moderators

Working Papers

1. "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Reslience among Cambodian Immigrant Families along Coastlines in Alabama: Narratives through Genograms"

2. "Intergenrational Family Relation among Cambodian Immigrant Families along Coastline in Alabama"

3."Parent Child Relationship as a Disruption to Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma among Cambodian Immigrants: A Clinical Implication"

4. "Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma and Relience among Cambodian Immigrant Family: A Bowenian Intergenerational Family Relation Perspective"

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