Bibiana Koh

Assistant Professor, BSW Program Director

Memorial Hall 116a
CB 51

Dr. Koh’s teaching, research, and scholarship are informed by her experience with children, youth, and families as both an educator and a clinician. She has clinical experience in regular and special education schools, community and hospital-based outpatient clinics, and residential settings. She has also lived and taught overseas in China, Korea, Morocco, and Laos.

Dr. Koh believes that teaching and learning are parallel, interdependent processes that should be built on the following elements: (1) critical and reciprocal engagement, (2) multicultural pedagogy and experiential learning, (3) varied assessment, and (4) critical feedback. She believes education should be a transformational learning experience that transcends difference – what bell hooks (1994) calls “engaged pedagogy”; for her, experiential learning vis-à-vis Kolb (1981, 2015) facilitates this objective.


  • B.A. Hartwick College
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • M.A.T. School for International Training
  • M.S.W. Smith College
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research Interests

  • Genetic relatedness and adoption
  • Social work pedagogy
  • Global ethics

peer-reviewed Publications

Bibus, A., & Koh, B. D. (Manuscript in progress). Developing cultural humility: Applying virtue and Confucian ethics in social work education.

Koh, B. D., & Bosch, L. (Manuscript in progress). Global ethics: What can Confucian ethics offer?

Koh, B. D., & Boisen, L. A. (In press). The Use of Selves Interdependent Model (USIM): A pedagogical model for reflective practice. Journal of Social Work Education.

Koh, B. D., Kim, J. R., & McRoy, R. (2017). Exploring adoption-specific curricula in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Adoption Quarterly, 20(3), 252-265. doi: 10.1080/10926755.2017.1349698 Download pdf

Anderson, K. N., Rueter, M. A., Connor, J. J., & Koh, B. D. (2017). Observed mother –and father–child interaction differences in families with medically assisted reproduction-conceived (MAR) twins and singletons. Family Process, 56(4), 997-1011. doi:10.1111/famp.12254

Anderson, K. N., Koh, B. D., Connor, J. J., Koerner, A. F., Damario, M., & Rueter, M. A. (2014). Twins conceived using assisted reproduction: Parental mental health, family relationships, and child adjustment at middle childhood. Human Reproduction, 29(10), 2247-2255. doi:10.1093/humrep/deu190 Download pdf

Samek, D. R., Koh, B. D., & Rueter, M. A. (2013). Overview of behavioral genetics research for family researchers. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 5, 214-233. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12013 Download pdf

Koh, B. D., & Rueter, M. A. (2011). Contributions of parent-adolescent negative emotionality traits to adolescent conflict and adopted adolescent externalizing behaviors. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 825-836. doi:10.1080/15374416.2011.614579  Download pdf

Von Korff, L., Grotevant, H. D., Koh, B. D., & Samek, D. R. (2010). Adoptive mothers: Identity agents on the pathway to adoptive identity formation. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 10, 122-137. doi: 10.1080/15283481003711767  Download pdf

other publications

Boisen, L. & Koh, B.D. (2016). Integrating theory and practice in field education. In M. Hensley, (Ed.) The Field Instructor’s Survival Guide (pp. 63-82). New York: Springer Publishing. Download pdf

Koh, B.D. (Spring 2016). Strengthening the DSM: Incorporating resilience and cultural competence. The New Social Worker. Retrieve at