Hermeet Kohli Ph.D., MSW
Hermeet Kohli is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. Professor Kohli has worked as a generalist social work practitioner in several national and international social work agencies. As the Senior Coordinator of the KICS (Kentucky Interdisciplinary Community Screenings) grant, Kent School of Social Work, U of L, she was the liaison with all the team players (Area Health Education Centers, U of L student and faculty from Social Work, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and other community leaders and organizations) in the health and social service field. Before coming to the United States, Professor Kohli had been actively involved in advocacy for the runaway and street youth in India, and worked as a Welfare Officer in Government of Delhi providing counseling and other social services to people affected by domestic violence and interpersonal violence.
Areas of Scholarship
The overarching theme that organizes her scholarly activities is that of “enhancing the wellbeing of client populations being served through culturally competent social work practice”. She is interested in knowing how prospective and practicing social workers develop culturally competent skills to better serve their client population(s). Within this theme, three major initiatives can be used to describe her work: (a) acculturation and coping strategies of vulnerable groups i.e. immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Portland and Lewiston, ME, and South East Asian and Hmong women and children, (b) understanding/measuring culturally competent practice and diversity education, and (c) innovations in online course development to better meet the needs of students.
Listed below are some of the research projects that she is currently engaged in:
(a) understanding refugee and asylee women’s narratives on domestic violence and interpersonal violence
(b) understanding refugee and asylee women’s narratives on child abuse and neglect
(c) exploring with the Latino immigrant men their perspectives around interpersonal violence
(d) understanding perspectives of Latino immigrant men, who are currently enrolled in a parenting group, on what they believe constitutes child abuse and neglect
(e) strengths and challenges in raising children in bicultural families where one partner identifies as an Asian Indian
(f) qualitative and quantitative reflections on challenges faced while teaching courses on human diversity
(g) redefining and measuring cultural competence in social work profession
(h)development of online social work diversity courses
(i) focus of diversity in early childhood education