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Shuang Lu is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on child and youth development in disadvantaged families, community-based psycho-social interventions, and nonprofit capacity building. Lu’s current projects include examining the impact of urbanization and migration on youth mental health, and using intervention research to improve psycho-social and behavioral outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Combining micro and macro social work perspectives, her research goal is to improve social service delivery for vulnerable children in cross-cultural settings. Prior to joining the University of Central Florida, Lu was a licensed social worker in New Jersey and a registered social worker in Hong Kong.


  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy
  • MSW, Master of Social Work
Areas of Specialty
  • Youth mental health and resilience
  • Migration/immigration
  • Community-based psychosocial intervention
  • Mindfulness
  • Social service capacity building
  • SOW 3104: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

  • SOW 3620: Culturally competent social work practice

  • SOW 5404: Social work research

  • Social Work Researcher Seeks to Support Youth Mental Health in Cross-Cultural Settings

    Written By: David Janosik | September 22, 2023
    Assistant Professor Shuang Lu has crossed continents to conduct her research, studying the mental health of youth in disadvantaged families with a goal of improving community-based services. Lu, who joined...
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