Faculty and Staff

Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang joined the UCF School of Social Work in August 2018 as an assistant professor. Wang received her Master of Social Work with concentrations on gerontology and social & economic development from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Georgia.

Her research interests and expertise center on understanding health and mental healthcare disparities from an intersectionality perspective. Particularly, her research looks at access to, utilization of, and quality of health and mental health services among vulnerable populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities and older adults. Her pilot research funded by UCF Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training explores the lived experience of mental illness, and the opportunities and barriers that exist to service use, among Asian older adults in the Central Florida region. Informed by the pilot study, Wang is working on expanding her research to understand the correlates of formal and informal help-seeking behaviors among racial and ethnic minority older adults, and to assess the healthcare and eldercare workforce capacity in providing quality and culturally sensitive care to this population.

Wang has teaching experience at both BSW and MSW levels in different social work curriculum sequences. She has taught Social Welfare Policies and Issues at BSW level, and Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) and Behavioral Health Policy and Social Work Practice at MSW level.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Social Work, University of Georgia
  • MSW, Master of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Areas of Specialty
  • Health And Mental Health Care Access, Utilization, and Quality
  • Nursing Home Quality and Workforce Capacity
  • Culturally sensitive care for racial and ethnic minority older adults

Research Grants

Social Work

COVID-19 cases and deaths in U.S. assisted living facilities: An examination of influencing factors

  • PI: Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang
  • Amount: $26,016 | Timeframe: 06/01/2021 - 05/31/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Internal - UCF
    Social Work

    Examining Facility, Quality, and State Contextual Factors Associated with COVID-19 Outbreaks in U.S. Nursing Homes

  • PI: Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang
  • Amount: $18,799 | Timeframe: 02/01/2021 - 01/31/2022
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
  • Social Work Faculty, Students and Alumni Present at Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | January 12, 2022
    On January 12-16, teams of UCF School of Social Work faculty, students, alumni and other social work professionals will be presenting at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)...
  • Understanding the Unique Needs of Mental Healthcare for Elderly Asian Americans

    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | July 30, 2020
    There is an increased need for mental health professionals to understand the culturally-based health beliefs of minority groups. UCF Social Work Assistant Professor Xiaochuan (Sharon) Wang discusses some mental illness...
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