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Hui Huang

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, FIU; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, FIU; Research Fellow, Florida Institute for Child Welfare; Faculty Affiliate, the Child and Adolescent Data Lab, University of Michigan

School of Social Work


Child Welfare, Health Disparity, Substance Use, Juvenile Justice


Associate Professor Hui Huang’s research focuses primarily on developing and evaluating macro-level interventions in child welfare and public health, with the purpose of building evidence-based policy and program.  Since joining the faculty at Florida International University in 2013, she has had seven funded projects: three principal investigators (PI), two co- principal investigators (Co-PI), and two co-investigators (Co-I). The total amount of the grants is 1,825,500 dollars. Dr. Huang is currently co-leading (Co-PI) the external evaluation of the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Closing the Gap (CTG) grant program. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) administers the CTG grant program (section 381.7351-56 and 20.43 (9) Florida Statutes). The CTG grant program has awarded funds to grantees to stimulate the development of community-based and neighborhood-based projects to improve health outcomes of racial and ethnic populations. The funding allocation for the evaluation is $400,000 per year for up to four years. The tasks of this evaluation include establishing a broad evaluation infrastructure for the CTG grant program, assessing the success of grantees in achieving the intended goals of the CTG grant program and expanding the capacity of OMHHE and grantees to meaningfully evaluate and improve efforts to drive health improvement.

In the past, Dr. Huang evaluated the Crossover Youth Practice Model, which is an innovative model serving youth involved in both the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems. She also evaluated the campus support program serving former foster youth and homeless students in college and the intensive in-home service program serving parents with substance use problems in the child welfare system. In the last four years, Dr. Huang has also been collaborating with Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt at Florida State University and serving as a Co-PI on a project to develop and test the Group Care Quality Standards Assessment(GCQSA), which is a multi-dimensional, multi-informant assessment designed to measure the quality of services provided to children and youth in Florida’s DCF-licensed residential group homes.

Until 2021, she has published 38 peer-reviewed journal articles and am first author on 12 of these articles.  She has also published 3 book chapters. The h-index associated with her publication record is 19.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS, MSW, Ph.D.
  • Xiamen University, BA, MA


* indicates publications and presentations with doctoral students.

Huang, H., Williams-Butler, A., Park, K., & Ryan, J. P. (2021). Early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic and investigations of child maltreatment: an empirical study of administrative data. American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Advisor. 33 (2), 26-35.

Huang, H., Li., Y., & Campbell, J. M. (Published Online). Do Independent Living Services Protect Youth Aging Out Foster Care From Adverse Outcomes? An Evaluation Using National Data. Child Maltreatment.

Ladis, B., Trucco, E. M., Huang, H., Thomlison, B., & Fava, N. M. (2021). Longitudinal Effects of Peer, School, and Parenting Contexts on Substance Use Initiation in Middle Adolescence. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Xu, Y., Huang, H., & Cao, Y. (2020). Associations among early exposure to neighborhood disorder, fathers’ early involvement, children’s internalizing and externalizing problems. Journal of Evidence-based Social Work.

Huang, H., Cano, M. A., Trepka M. J., Sheehan, D. M., Sánchez, M., Rojas, P., & De La Rosa, M. (In press). The association between neighborhood and substance misuse, mental disorder symptoms, medical health, and health care access: An exploratory study of adult Latinas of Caribbean and South and Central American descent in Miami. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Li, Y., Huang, H. & Chen, Y. (In press). Organizational climate, job satisfaction, and turnover in voluntary child welfare workers.Children and Youth Services Review.

Xu, Y., Bright, C. L., Huang, H., Ahn, H., & Shaw, T. V. (In press). Neighborhood disorder and child behavioral problems among kinship children: Mediated by social support and moderated by race/ethnicity? Child Abuse & Neglect.

Xu, Y., Bright, C. L., Ahn, H., Huang, H., & Shaw, T. (In press). A new kinship typology and factors associated with receiving financial assistance in kinship care. Children and Youth Services Review.

Boel-Studt, S., Huefner, J, & Huang, H. (2019). The group care quality standards assessment: A framework for assessment, quality improvement, and effectiveness. Children and Youth Services Review. 105, 1-8.

* Huang, H., Fernandez, S. B., Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2020). Mental disorder, service utilization, and GPA: Studying mental health of former child welfare and youth experiencing homelessness in a campus support program. Families in Society. 101(1), 54-70.

* Ladis, B. A., Trucco, E. M., Huang, H., Thomlison, B., & Fava, N. M. (2020). Psychometric properties of a comprehensive parenting practice measure for parents of adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. 37, 49–72.

* Huang, H., Fernandez, S. B., Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2019). Elements of a college support program that matter: A case study. Research on Social Work Practice. 29 (8), 949-960.

* Rhoden, M. A., Macgowan, M., & Huang, H. (2019). A systematic review of psychological trauma interventions for juvenile offenders. Research on Social Work Practice. 29 (8), 892-909.

Zhang, S., Huang, H., Wu, Q., Li, Y., & Liu, M. (2019). The impacts of family treatment drug court on child welfare core outcomes: A meta-analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect. 88 (2), 1-14.

Xue, J., Fang, G., Huang, H., Cui, N., Rhodes, K., & Gelles, R. (2019). Rape myths and the cross-cultural adaptation of the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale in China. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(7), 1428-1460.

Boel-Studt, S., Huefner, J, Bender, K., Huang, H., & Abell, J. (2019). Developing quality standards and performance measures for residential group care: Translating theory to practice. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth. 36 (4), 260-281.

* Ladis, B. A., Macgowan, M., Thomlison, B., Fava, N. M., Huang, H., Trucco, E. M., & Martinez, M. J. (2019). Parent-focused preventive interventions for youth substance use and problem behaviors: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice. 29 (4), 420-442.

* Huang, H., Fernandez, S. B., Rhoden, M. A., & Joseph, R. (2018). Serving former foster youth and homeless students in college. Journal of Social Service Research, 44(2), 209-222.

De La Rosa, M., Huang, H., Brook, J. S., Sánchez, M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M., Cano, M. A., & Martinez, M. (2018). Socio-cultural determinants of substance misuse among adult Latinas of Caribbean, South and Central American descent: a longitudinal study of a community-based sample. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17(3), 303-323.

Li, Y. & Huang, H. (2017). Validating the Job Satisfaction Survey in voluntary child welfare.Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 1-8.

Cano, M. A., Sánchez, M., Trepka, M. J., Dillon, F. R. Sheehan, D. M., Rojas, P., Kanamori, M., Huang, H., Auf, R., & De La Rosa, M. (2017). Immigration stress and alcohol use severity among recently immigrated Hispanic adults: Examining moderating effects of gender, immigration status, and social support. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 294-307.

Sánchez, M., Romando, E., Dawson, C., Huang, H., Sneij, A., Cyrus, E., Rojas, P., Cano, M. A., Brook, J. S., & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Drinking and driving among recent Latino immigrants: The impact of neighborhoods and social support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11),

Rojas, P., Huang, H., Li, T., Ravelo, G., Sánchez, M., Dawson, C., Brook, J., Kanamori, M., & De La Rosa, M. (2016). Socio-cultural determinants of risky sexual behaviors among adult Latinas: a longitudinal study of a community-based sample. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(11),

* Huang, H., Ryan, J. P., & Rhoden, M. (2016). Foster care, geographic neighborhood change, and the risk of delinquency.Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 32-41.

Wu, S., Huang, H., Sun, F., & An, Q. (2016). Is social work really being recognized? Problems with social work employment opportunities in Mainland China. Social Work Education, 35(2), 186-203.  Note: this article was awarded as the 2016-2017 Best Empirical Article by the journal Social Work Education.

Ryan, J. P., Perron, B. E., & Huang, H. (2016). Child welfare and the transition to adulthood: Investigating placement status and subsequent arrests. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(1), 172-182.

* Huang, H., Ryan, J. P., Sappleton, A., & Chiu, Y. L. (2015). Crossover youth post arrest: Placement status and recidivism.Children and Youth Services Review57, 193-200.

De La Rosa, M., Huang, H., Rojas, P., Dillon, F. R., Lopez-Quintero, C., Li, T., Ravelo, G. (2015). Influence of mother-daughter attachment on daily alcohol use: A longitudinal study of a Latina community based sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(2), 307-316.

Hong, J. S., Huang, H., McHaney, M., Patton D., & Washington, T. (2014). Are community violence-exposed youth at risk of engaging in delinquent behavior? A review and implications for residential treatment research and practice. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 31(4), 266-283.

Huang, H., & Ryan, J. P. (2014). The location of placement and juvenile delinquency: Do neighborhoods matter in child welfare? Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 33-45.

Ryan, J. P., Abrams, L. S., & Huang, H. (2014). First-time violent juvenile offenders: probation, placement, and recidivism. Social Work Research, 38(1), 7-18.

Huang, H., Hong, J. S., & Espelage, D. L. (2013). Understanding factors associated with bullying and peer victimization in Chinese schools within ecological contexts. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22 (7), 881-892.

Choi, S., Huang, H., & Ryan, J. (2012). Substance abuse treatment completion in child welfare: Does substance abuse treatment completion matter in the decision of family reunification? Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (9), 1639-1645.

Huang, H., Ryan, J. , & Herz, D. (2012). The journey of dually involved youth: The prediction of rereporting and recidivism. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (1), 254-260.

Hong, J. S., Lee. N. Y., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Huang, H. (2011). Alcohol and tobacco use among South Korean adolescents: An ecological review of the literature. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1120-1126.

Marshall, J. M., Huang, H., & Ryan J. P. (2011). Intergenerational families in child welfare: Assessing needs and estimating permanency. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(6), 1024-1030.