Evaon Wong

Evaon Wong

Professor Dean, College of Health Sciences MSW, LCSW, MPH, PhD

Programs and Courses Taught

Dr. Wong is not currently teaching as she is focused on administrative duties and development of new academic programs for the College of Health Sciences.

About Me

Dr. Wong is the Founding Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Samuel Merritt University. She is a well-recognized advocate and researcher for minority and low-income breast cancer survivors, especially the Asian immigrant population.


Dr. Wong received her BA, MSW, MPH, and PhD all from UC Berkeley.

Teaching Interests

Research methods, clinical skills in social work practice, health disparities.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Wong's research interest is on cancer survivorship and quality of life issues confronting Chinese immigrant breast cancer survivors. She published and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences relating to breast cancer and psychosocial issues.


Sormanti, M. and Wong-Kim, E. (2018) Strengthening the Interdependence of Palliative Care and Social Work, In Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services 1-2. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1044389418811684.s://doi

Wong-Kim, E. (2017). Editorial: Breast cancer screening and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities. Women Health Open J. 3(3): e24. doi: 10.17140/WHOJ-3-e014

Ramirez, A., Chalela, P., Gallion, K.J., Muñoz, E., Holden, A.E., Burhansstipanov, L., Smith, S. A., Wong-Kim, E., Wyatt, S.W., Suarez, L. (2015). Attitudes Toward Breast Cancer Genetic Testing in Five Special Population Groups. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice 8 (4), 124-135.

Wong-Kim, E., Chilton, J. A., Goh, S. S, Gines, V. (2009). Breast Health Issues of Undocumented Women in California and Texas. Journal of Cancer Education. 24(S2), S64-S67.

Chilton, J. A., Wong-Kim, E., Guidry, J. J., Gor, B. J., Jones, L. (2008). The Utility of a Connecting Framework to Facilitate Understanding of and Reduce the Disparities in Hospice Care Experienced by Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Primary Psychiatry. 15(10), 38-44.

Wong-Kim, E, Sormanti, M., Tang, K. L., and Ngai, S. (2008). Talking Cancer, Saving Lives: Breast Cancer Awareness Training for Health Professionals in Hong Kong. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 28(4), 305-318.

Wong-Kim, E. and Merighi, J. (2007) Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Pain Management in U.S.- and Foreign-Born Chinese Women with Breast Cancer. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 18, 127-138.

Sun, A., Zhang, J., Tsoh, J., Wong-Kim, E. and Chow, E. (2007). The Effectiveness in Utilizing Chinese Media to Promote Breast Health among Chinese Women. Journal of Health Communications, 12:157-171.

Wong-Kim, E. & Wang, C. (2006). Breast self-examination among Chinese immigrant Women. Health Education and Behavior, 33(5): 580-590.

Wong-Kim, E. and Bloom, J. (2005). Depression experienced by young women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 14(7), 564-573.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Asian and Pacific Islander National Social Work Educators Association 
National Association of Social Workers
California Association of Deans and Directors (Social Work)
UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association"

Honors & Awards

The Dr. Adolphus Toliver Award in Cancer Survivorship for Culturally Competent Training in the Biomedical Sciences, 2015. 

You Can Make a Difference Award, Susan G Komen for the Cure, 2014

Wang Faculty Research Fellowship, 2009

Faculty Development Excellence in Teaching Award, California State University, East Bay, 2006

Every Day Hero Award, National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, 1998