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 in 1997.  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Emory since 2016.


  • PSYC 380: An Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis using R

  • PSYC 430: Advanced Statistics and Research Methods
  • PSYC 770R: Item Response Theory


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

I am Co-Investigator on two NIH funded projects that study community influences on a) genital mutilation/cutting in Africa, and b) intimate partner violence in Bangladesh, and a third one on 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 World Food Program that investigates the relationship between women’s economic empowerment and intimate partner violence in Columbia, and another 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.


James-Hawkins, L., Cheong, Y. F., Navid, R. T., & Yount, K. M. (accepted for publication). Multilevel Influences on Depressive Symptoms among Men in Bangladesh. To appear in Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

James-Hawkins, L., Cheong, Y. F., Navid, R. T., & Yount, K. M. (accepted for publication). Gender Norms, Violence in Childhood, and Men's Coercive Control in Marriage: A Multilevel Analysis of Young Men in Bangladesh. To appear in Psychology of Violence.

Yount, K. M., Peterman, A., & Cheong, Y. F. (in press). The Survey-Based Women's Empowerment (SWPER) Index: A Cautionary Note. To appear in The Lancet Global Health.

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. (2017). Correlates of monotonic response patterns in online ratings of a university course. Higher Education. doi: 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. doi: 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. doi: 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: 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. Demography53, 1821-1852. doi: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 Research57, 148-160. doi: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.  doi: 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.

Cheong, Y. F., & Kamata, A. (2013). Centering, scale indeterminancy, and differential item functioning detection in hierarchical generalized linear and generalized linear mixed Models. Applied Measurement in Education26, 233-252.

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 Measurement71, 129-147.