School of Social Work

Hermeet Kohli, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor

Office Location

G37 Masterton Hall, Portland Campus

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020

On Sabbatical Fall 2020


(207) 228-8453

Academic Degrees

  • P.h.D.
  • M.S.W.


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 field. Before coming to the United States, Professor Kohli had been actively involved in advocacy for the runaway and street youth in India.

Research Interests

Her current research projects focus around coping strategies of children from bicultural families; qualitative and quantitative reflections on challenges faced while teaching courses on human diversity; redefining and measuring cultural competence in social work profession; development of online social work courses; working with immigrant populations; and focus of diversity in early childhood education.

Recent Publications

Kohli, H., & Fineran, S., (2019).  "If they misbehaved, we took a stick to discipline them" : Refugee mothers' struggles raising children in the United States. Child & Famiy Social Work. DOI:10.1111/cfs.12705.

Kohli. H., & Fineran, S., (2019). "The rain grows plants, the thunder does not" : Refugee and aslyee womens' narratives on child abuse and neglect. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, DOI:10.1080/15562948.2019.163.9874.

Johansen, P. S. & Kohli, H. K. (In Press). Long term HIV/AIDS survivors: Coping Strategies and Challenges.  Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services.

Kohli, H. K., Kohli A. S., Huber, R. & Faul, A. (2010). Assessing Cultural Competence in Graduating Students, International Journal of Progressive Education, 6(1), 6 - 27.

Kohli, H. K., Huber, R. & Faul, A. (2010). Historical and Theoretical Development of Culturally Competent Social Work Practice, Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 30(3), 252 - 271.