Yok-Fong Paat

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Yok-Fong Paat
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Associate Professor, Social Work - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Dr. Yok-Fong Paat is an Assistant Professor of social work at UTEP and a clinical social worker licensed in the state of Texas. Prior to completing her doctoral work, Dr. Paat had worked as a statistical research specialist, child welfare specialist, clinician, and social service specialist in Oklahoma. Trained in the fields of social work, sociology (areas of concentration: sociology of the family and quantitative methods), data analytics, and applied statistics, she is actively involved in research related to family health, community health, mental health, child well-being, social integration, social justice, altruism, education, migration, and immigration issues. Specifically, her scholarship focuses on how family ecology and family process shape family well-being, health behaviors, and social integration over the family life cycle in economically deprived communities. As a scholar, Dr. Paat has a keen interest in studying and writing for the socially marginalized and economically disadvantaged populations so that their voices can be heard. Originally from Malaysia, Dr. Paat is trilingual in English, Chinese, Malay and proficient in four Chinese dialects. She is currently learning Spanish to better understand the needs on the US-Mexico border. In her leisure time, Dr. Paat draws, paints, and cares for rescued dogs for different animal rescue groups.


  1. Children's well-being
  2. Community Engaged Scholarship
  3. Community health
  4. Family health
  5. Immigration
  6. Mental health


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  3. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  4. National Defense & Border Security
  5. Cross-cutting: Cyberinfrastructure and Collaborative Environments
  6. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues
  7. Other