Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Directory

Philip Hong, PhD

Title/s: Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor
Director, Center for Research on Self Sufficiency (CROSS)

Office #: Maguire Hall 528

Phone: 312.915.7447

E-mail: phong@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://philiphong.weebly.com

Mission in Action

Effecting systemic change using a bottom-up approach is the transformative practice-informed social work that I engage in. My research involves participatory processes that allow participant narratives to serve as the source of knowledge and create the reality or often counter-reality to the dominant power structure. Data generated through participant engagement represents the ‘process’ of transformation resulting from best practice in social work. Analyses of data have tested the effects of transformative processes on positive ‘outcomes’, by which the question becomes relevant as addressing client-centered, impactful and sustainable change. By empowered individuals owning the process of change, the ripple effects on the outer circles of systems at the mezzo and macro levels make holistic and dynamic the social movement to promote social justice.


Dr. Philip Hong has served as the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency (CROSS) in the School of Social Work since 2016. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and also holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Hong's main academic interest is in poverty and workforce development. He is currently partnering with local workforce development initiatives to develop bottom-up strategies for empowering low-income individuals and families in their quest to achieve self-sufficiency.

Dr. Hong and his research team at Loyola University Chicago also developed the TIP ® Program. It is a transformative social change model that serves as a framework to empower individuals and to have lasting ripple effects on the outer layers of social systems for greater impact.


Ph.D. in Social Work, Brown School, Washington University, St. Louis

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis

M.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis

MSW, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

B.S. in Social Welfare, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I (SOWK 201)
  • Methods of Social Work Research (SOWK 506)
  • Social Work and Social Welfare (SOWK 507)
  • Policies and Strategies for Community Intervention (SOWK 509)
  • Evaluation of Practice (SOWK 606)
  • Social Work Research Methodology (SOWK 818)

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:
Workforce development and poverty
Structural determinants of poverty

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service:
Member, Council on External Relations, Commission on Global Social Work Education of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services.  Alliance for Children and Families.

International Experience:
Consultant, Poverty and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand.


Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA).

Selected Publications

Select Faculty Publications:

• Hong, P.Y.P., Polanin, J.R., & Pigott, T.D. (2012).  Validation of the employment hope scale: Measuring psychological self-sufficiency among low-income jobseekers.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 323-332.  DOI: 10.1177/1049731511435952. (link)

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Song, I. (2010).  Globalization of social work practice: Global and local responses to globalization.  International Social Work, 53, 656-670.  DOI: 10.1177/0020872810371206.

• Hong, P.Y.P., Sheriff, V., & Naeger, S. (2009).  A bottom-up definition of self-sufficiency: Voices from low-income jobseekers.  Qualitative Social Work, 8, 357-376.  DOI:10.1177/1473325009337844. (link)

• Hong, P.Y. (2008).  Globalizing structural poverty: Reclaiming hope for children and families. Illinois Child Welfare, 4, 23-38. (link)

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Pandey, S. (2008).  Differential effects of human capital on the poor and the near poor: Evidence of social exclusion.  Journal of Poverty, 12, 456–480.  DOI:10.1080/10875540802350138.

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Wernet, S.P. (2007).  Structural reinterpretation of poverty by examining working poverty: Implications for community and policy practice.  Families in Society, 88, 361-373.  DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.3645.

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Pandey, S. (2007).  Human capital as structural vulnerability of U.S. poverty.  Equal Opportunities International, 26, 18-43.  DOI: 10.1108/02610150710726516.


Recent Grants:

• Principal Investigator with Co-Pl O'Brien, T. (2016-2020). "Evaluation of goal-directed psychological capital and employer coaching in health profession opportunity development." University Partnership Research Grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Funding Opportunity Number HHS-2016-ACF-OPRE-HG-1169. Agency Name: Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

• Principal Investigator with Co-PIs Pigott, T. & O’Brien, T. (2011-2016).  “Evaluation of empowerment pathways to self-sufficiency in health professions career development for low-income individuals.”  University Partnership Research Grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2011-ACF-OPRE-PH-0145.  Agency Name: Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).