Standing Faculty > Irene Wong, PhDAssociate Professor
3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D14
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
215.898.5505 (phone); 215.573.2099 (fax)
Dr. Irene Wong is an Associate Professor at School of Social Policy & Practice. She also holds a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wong has thirty years of experience as a social work practitioner, educator and researcher, with an interdisciplinary focus that spans the fields of community development, housing and homelessness, and psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr. Wong has been principal investigator and co-investigator of numerous research projects in the areas of mental health, homelessness, housing, and community integration.
Recently Dr. Wong served as principal investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study that examines community integration of persons with psychiatric disabilities in permanent supportive housing. She has been working as lead investigator of three projects for a National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded Research and Training Collaborative on Community Inclusion, examining the definition and measurement of community and the environmental influences on community participation of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. She was also a recipient of the 2009-2010 Switzer (Distinguished) Research Fellowship from NIDRR to study the extent to which people with psychiatric disabilities and people with developmental disabilities are living in integrated housing, and the conditions of their neighborhoods. Through her research, Dr. Wong has established long-standing and effective collaborative relationships with professionals and stakeholders in the mental health services systems in Philadelphia and other counties in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wong’s areas of teaching include research in social work and social policy, social statistics, mental health and homelessness. She is currently Director of International Programs at School of Social Policy & Practice.