Background and Professional Experience
Li chose her research interest in social work after having an internship at the CNU Study and Service Center of Juvenile Justice Social Work and the detention center in Beijing, China. During her internship involving juvenile delinquents, she was overwhelmed by the number of children coming from broken families or estranged parent–child relationships. Others were even abused or maltreated by their own families.
Li will focus her research on assessing the risk factors for children who were abused and exploring the link between abuse or maltreatment and criminal offences. She also will examine the changes in the risk of recidivism of children delinquents who receive cognitive behavior therapy. She hopes to identify an effective method for managing future risks of recidivism in children. In China, effective measures for assessing the risks of recidivism in juvenile delinquents are rare. Hence, she is eager to change this situation by returning to China after earning her Ph.D. degree. She plans to create a venue for imparting such useful measures to social workers and eventually leave my mark in the area of social work in China.
Upon completing her Ph.D. studies, Li plans to become a social work professor and conduct research on the assessment of risks. She hopes her doctoral studies will be valuable in helping to facilitate the fulfillment of her objective to acquire professional and relevant knowledge in risk assessment for the child welfare system and to evaluate intervention studies provided for children who were abused.