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Sung Seek Moon, PhD, MSW, MACE, MDIV

Making Change Happen

As Dr. Sung Seek Moon sits down to the table, he rubs his eyes. “I apologize,” he says with a smile. “I’ve just returned from Seoul, Korea, and I’m still fighting the jetlag.” His recent visit to Korea was part of his efforts as the new Director of the Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Korea-based Program in the College of Social Work. Dr. Moon spent a month in Seoul, meeting with alumni, faculty, and other organizers who are a part of the Korea-based MSW program at the University of South Carolina.

As the new program director, Dr. Moon hopes to fundraise for and develop a research center that connects data from Korea with research taking place in the United States.

“I hope that within 10 years, we have an international campus in Korea that serves as part of our social work research here at the university,” says Dr. Moon.

After earning his degree in social work, Dr. Moon gained considerable experience working with immigrant families and Korean-based communities in Texas. Over the years, he has developed a focus on adolescence including substance abuse, teen suicide, and school violence.

Dr. Moon attributes his successful career to his mentors over the years. He hopes to make change happen within the College of Social Work by doing the same for his students and co-workers.

“An important part of growing our program is encouraging our current students and helping them stay motivated within the program,” says Dr. Moon. “I want to make a difference in a young student’s life the way my mentors guided me. I look forward to this bright future at Carolina! There are great people doing wonderful things here.”

Research Background

Dr. Dr. Moon received his degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2002. His major research interest is in immigrant children and youth’s mental health and substance use. His interests were, in part, influenced by the emphasis of the role of socio-environmental factors in human development within the social work profession. Through his doctoral and post-doctoral research, Dr. Moon has consistently developed his interest in minority mental health and substance use. Currently Dr. Moon is implementing a pilot project to preventing violence and substance abuse among adolescents in Dallas County, Texas.

Sung Seek Moon

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Major Classes Taught
  • SOWK 791 - Social Work Research Methods
  • SOWK 732 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
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