Yuk Fai Cheong

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: 375 Psychology Department

Phone: 404-727-9941

Fax: 404-727-0372

Email: ycheong@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322


Dr. Cheong received his Ph.D. in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University.  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Emory since 2016.


  • PSYC 430: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods
  • PSYC 770: Multilevel Modeling: Theory and Applications
  • PSYC 770: Scale Development: Theory and Applications


My research interests include multilevel, Bayesian, and Rasch analyses as applied to the study and measurement of women’s agency, gender-based violence, test bias, and learning.

I am Co-Investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded projects that study community influences on a) genital mutilation/cutting in Africa, and b) the development and validation of a measure for women’s exposure to economic coercion in Bangladesh. I am also Co-Investigator on a project funded by the International Food Policy Research Institute to adapt and validate a measure of women’s empowerment used in monitoring outcomes in agricultural development projects.


Clark, C., Cheong, Y. F., Gupta, J., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, B., Shrestha, P., & Yount, K. M. (accepted for publication). Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal: Latent Patterns and Association with Depressive Symptoms. To appear in SSM – Population Health

Salem, R., Cheong, Y. F., Miedema, S. S., & Yount, K. M. (accepted for publication). Women’s Agency in Egypt: Construction and Validation of a Multidimensional Scale in the Socio-Cultural Context of Rural Minya. To appear in Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.

Semenza, D., James-Hawkins, L., Roof, K., Cheong, Y. F., Navid, R. D., & Yount, K. M. (2019). Gender equitable parental decision-making and intimate partner violence perpetration in Bangladesh. Journal of Marriage and Family.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12579

Grose, R. G., Hayford, S. R., Cheong, Y. F., Garver, S., Kandala, N.-B., & Yount, K. M. (2019). Community influences on female genital mutilation/cutting in Kenya: Norms, opportunities, and ethnic diversity. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022146518821870 

Murphy, B. A., Costello, T. H., Watts, A. L., Cheong, Y. F., Berg, J. M., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2018). Strengths and weaknesses of two empathy measures: A comparison of the measurement precision, construct validity, and incremental validity of two multidimensional indices. Assessment.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191118777636

James-Hawkins, L., Cheong, Y. F., Naved, R. T., & Yount, K. M. (2018). Gender norms, violence in childhood, and men’s coercive control in marriage: A multilevel analysis of young men in Bangladesh. Psychology of Violence, 8(5), 580-595. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/vio0000152

Cheong, Y. F. (2018). HLM. In Frey, B. B. (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, pp 786-788.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781506326139.n309.

Yount, K. M., Peterman, A., & Cheong, Y. F. (2018). Measuring women's empowerment: A need for context and caution. The Lancet Global Health, 6(1), e29. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30460-6 

James-Hawkins, L., Navid, R. T., Cheong, Y. F., & Yount, K. M. (2018). Multilevel influences on depressive symptoms among men in Bangladesh. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000150 

Clark, C. J., Ferguson, G., Shrestha, B., Shrestha, F. N., Oakes, J. M., Gupta, J., McGhee, S, Cheong, Y. F., & Yount, K. M (2018). Social norms and women's risk of intimate partner violence in Nepal. Social Science and Medicine, 202, 162-169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.02.017 

Yount, K. M., Crandall, A., & Cheong, Y. F. (2018). Women’s age at first marriage and long-term economic empowerment in Egypt. World Development, 102, 124-134. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.09.013 

Park, H. S., & Cheong, Y. F. (2018). Correlates of monotonic response patterns in online ratings of a university course. Higher Education76(1), 101-113. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-017-0199-9

Cheong, Y. F., Yount, K. M., Crandall, A. (2017). Longitudinal measurement invariance of a Women’s Agency Scale. Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, 134, 5-23. https://doi.org/10.1177/0759106317693787

Salem, R., Cheong, Y. F., & Yount, K. M. (2017). Is women’s work a pathway to their agency in rural Egypt? Social Indicators Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-017-1573-9

Yount, K. M., James-Hawkins, L., Cheong, Y. F., & Navid, R. T. (2016). Men’s perpetration of partner violence in Bangladesh: Community gender norms and violence in childhood.  Psychology of Men and Masculinity. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000069

Yount, K. M., Crandall, A., Cheong, Y. F., Osypuk, T., Naved, R. T., Bates, L., & Schuler, S. R. (2016). Child marriage and partner violence in Bangladesh: A multilevel longitudinal analysis. Demography, 53, 1821-1852. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-016-0520-8

Crandall, A., VanderEnde, K., Cheong, Y. F., Dodell, S., & Kathryn, M. Y. (2016). Women’s age at first marriage and postmarital agency in Egypt. Social Science Research, 57, 148-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.01.005

Yount, K. M., VanderEnde, K E., Dodell, S., & Cheong, Y. F. (2016). Measurement of women's agency in Egypt: A national validation study. Social Indicators Research, 128, 1171-1192.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-015-1074-7

VanderEnde, K. E., Sibley, L. M., Cheong, Y. F., Naved, R. T., & Yount, K. M. (2015). Community economic status and intimate partner violence against women in Bangladesh: Compositional or contextual effects? Violence against women, 21, 679-699. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801215576938

Cheong, Y. F., & Kamata, A. (2013). Centering, scale indeterminacy, and differential item functioning detection in hierarchical generalized linear and generalized linear mixed Models. Applied Measurement in Education, 26, 233-252. https://doi.org/10.1080/08957347.2013.824453

Randall, J., Cheong, Y.F., & Engelhard, G. (2011). Using explanatory IRT modeling to investigate context effects of differential item functioning for students with disabilities.  Educational and Psychological Measurement, 71, 129-147. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013164410391577