Chieh (Sunny) Cheng, RN, Ph.D

University of Washington

Dr. Cheng’s clinical background is in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Her program of research is in the development and evaluation of field-based studies, including assessments, interventions and prevention of mental health conditions. She collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to conduct mixed methods study to describe the experience of caregivers of individuals with early stage psychosis, to apply machine learning methods for early identification of individuals at risk for schizophrenia, and to design technology based self management interventions for caregivers and individuals with mental illness. Dr. Cheng is the member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, an affiliate faculty of Behavioral Research In Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center, and is nominated for service on the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle Board of Directors.

Scholarly Interests

• Global mental health
• Early psychosis and prevention
• Translation of research to community settings
• Psychophysiological research
• Population health
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• Qualitative: grounded theory; content analysis
• Quantitative: randomized control trials, advanced statistical analysis

Current Research

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Experience of Caregivers of Patients with Schizophrenia: A Mixed Methods Study

  • Courses taught:
    • TNURS 402 Families and Chronic Conditions
    • TNURS/THLEAD 403 Introduction to Research in Nursing and Healthcare
    • TNURS/THLEAD 430 Interpersonal Communication
    • THLEAD 320 Promoting Health through Social Marketing
    • TNURS 598 Scholarly Inquiry Seminar