Jianchao Lai, MSW, PhD StudentUCLA STUDENT INVESTIGATOR
PHD STUDENT IN SOCIAL WELFARE (CHILD MALTREATMENT & GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE)

    Jianchao Lai is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Welfare at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Nanjing University and Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests primarily focus on examining family violence and gender-based violence among Asian American communities. During her doctoral program at UCLA, she gained experience in both quantitative and qualitative studies. Her primary work focuses on undermining the model minority myth and investigating how this population’s social problems are often overlooked by the public due to this stereotype, especially child maltreatment and domestic violence incidence among Asian communities. Her independent mixed-method research project utilizes a national-scale child case file archive and grounded theory interviews to examine the unique social and cultural factors of the Asian American population that contribute to the underreporting of child maltreatment and service inadequacy of child maltreatment incidents. Currently, she is involved in multiple evaluation projects with the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Agile Visual Analytics Lab at UCLA.

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