I was born and raised in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a culture-rich nation in Southeast Asia region. I obtained a Bachelor of Social Work in 2014, and a Bachelor of Education in 2015 from Royal University of Phnom Penh. I interned with various Cambodian nonprofits and had opportunities to do social science and community-based research with researchers and lecturers at the university while pursuing the two full-time degrees simultaneously.
In 2017, I completed a Master of Social Work, with a concentration in Older Adults and Aging Societies, from the Brown School under a Civil Society Leadership Award, a full scholarship of Open Society Foundations. As the aging population has not received much attention from leaders in developing countries in Asia, I believe in promoting and conducting aging research in developing country contexts.
My research interests include social policy on aging, intersections of technology and aging, and impacts of Asian family breakdown, labor immigration and past traumatic experiences on the well-being of older adults. Currently, I am a Civil Society Scholar Award recipient, working on a primary data collection project, called “A Community-Based Needs and Resources Assessment of Older Adults in Cambodia.” The data collection will begin in Summer of 2019.
The data was collected successfully with a sample of 210 older adults in three provinces in the Northeastern region. Preliminary report was submitted to the funder. Due to limited time, I paused the project on hold, meaning I am not really making good use of the dataset. Instead, I currently work on my Area Statement and preparing to be a candidate. At the same time, I am presenting two posters the Gerontological Society of America conference–Online. Beyond.
2020 has been a crazy year for everyone, and so has it been for me and my family. I wish everyone a productive rest of the year.
Learn more about me and my work at my personal website: KakadaKuy.com. Thank you for dropping by!
Preferred Contact: KakadaKuy@wustl.edu