Zha Xiong


Associate Professor

Room 275G McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-5882

Fax: 612-625-4227

Areas of Interest

Child Adjustment in the Family Context in Immigrant and Refugee Families
Community Engagement and Education
Program Development and Evaluation
Southeast Asian American Families





Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
M.A., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
B.A., Psychology, Winona State University

Research & Discovery

Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Intervention in the Hmong Community (the Hmong Teen Pregnancy Project) – The goal of this two year project is to test the effectiveness of the Making Proud Choices or Kev Xaiv Curriculum with Hmong American youth in middle school and the best practices identified by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy with Hmong second-generation young parents. We are using community-based participatory research to involve community leaders to collect data to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of the program in the community. The Hmong Teen Pregnancy Project is supported by grants from the Minnesota Department of Health. The project began in June, 2012.

Youth for Change (Y2C) – The goal of this three year project is to engage youth and young adults to be leaders focusing on policy work while empowering positive changes within the Southeast Asian communities through policy, empowerment, and advocacy. Using the Citizen Health Care Model as a framework, youth and young adults are recruited and trained to engage the Southeast Asian community in tobacco-free prevention activities that promote the adoption of comprehensive tobacco-free policies, including tobacco-free grounds, tobacco-free funding, and a process for cessation referrals. It is a project funded by the Minnesota Department of Health. The project began in February, 2011. 

Social Networks and Child Adjustment – Research on the achievement gap has been well documented in the literature, especially between White and African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students. However, research on the achievement gap between Hmong, Somali, and other racial/ethnic students is still in its infancy stage. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact social and family networks has on children’s adjustment, especially children’s educational achievement. This is an interdisciplinary research project and begins in July 2013.

Outreach & Engagement

Hmong Early Childhood Education

STEEP: Statewide Tobacco Education and Engagement Project

What students can expect from me

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 3102 Family Systems and Diversity

FSoS 3104 Global and Diverse Families

FSoS 8005 Multicultural Issues in Family Social Science

Honors & Awards

2012 Hmong Success Wall, New Millennium Academy, Minneapolis, MN.

2011 Lee Knefelkamp Research Award, Minnesota College Personnel Association, Minnesota.

2011 Fellow, Health Equity Leadership Institute, The University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and The University of Maryland School of Public Health Maryland Center for Health Equity.

2004 The Ruth Hathaway Jewson Distinguished Service To Families Award, Minnesota Council on Family Relations


  1. Xiong, Z. B., Deenanath, V., & Mao, D. (2013). Parent-child relationships in Hmong immigrant families in the United States (pp. 91-106). In M. Karraker (Ed.), The Other People: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration. New York: Palgrave.

  2. Xiong, Z. B., Newell, J., Hoskins, L., Angelica, E., Watkins, E., Bui, H., Daoheuang, M., Touy, R., Yang, T. T., & Shamblott, M. (2013, March). STEEP’s policy development and implementation handbook: Lessons learned, tips, tools, and resources for Southeast Asian community leaders. St. Paul, MN: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  3. Mao, D., Deenanath, V., & Xiong, Z. B. (2012). Hmong students’ perceptions of their family environment: A consensual qualitative analysis of family photos. Hmong Studies Journal, 13(1), 1-27.

  4. Smalkoski, K., Herther, N. K., Xiong, Z. B., Ritsema, K., Vang, R., & Zheng, R. (2012). Health disparities research in the Hmong American community: Implications for practice and policy. Hmong Studies Journal, 13(2), 1-32.

  5. Xiong, Z. B., & Huang, J. (2011). Predicting Hmong adolescent boys’ and girls’ delinquent behaviors: An exploratory study. Hmong Study Journal, 12, 1-34.