Research Fellow

PhD in Geography, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Discipline/s

Geography

Contact

64994053

mengieng_ung@sutd.edu.sg

Biography

May has over 15 years of research experience on global health issues ranging from the impact of unsafe drinking water on population health, women’s and children’s health, HIV/AIDS, and climate change-related health outcomes in Cambodia. She was first an Environmental Scientist ​with a specialization in drinking water quality monitoring of bacterial contamination and arsenic poisoning along ​the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers in Cambodia. After becoming a Geographer specialized in health and Geographic Information Systems, she joined a Non-Profit Organization (NGO) in Cambodia working on HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues among the general population, and the high-risk groups. Her research focus broadened to include climate change and health impacts after she completed her Ph.D. dissertation in coastal Cambodia. May is currently collaborating with NGOs in Cambodia and the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS working on SRH, communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, and TB) and non-communicable diseases (Diabetes) in Cambodia and other Asia Pacific countries. Besides doing global health research, she has over 10 years of international experience teaching at the university level in Cambodia, Canada, Singapore, and USA.

At LKYCIC, she contributes to the Cities and Urban Science and the Urban Environmental Sustainability research programs.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geography (The University of Western Ontario, London Ontario, Canada)
  • M.A. Geography (California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles California, USA)
  • B.Sc. Environmental Science (Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)

Publications

  • Tuot, S., Teo, A. K. J., Cazabon, D., Sok, S., Ung, M., Ly, S., ... & Yi, S. (2019). Acceptability of active case finding with a seed-and-recruit model to improve tuberculosis case detection and linkage to treatment in Cambodia: A qualitative study. PloS one14(7).
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2018). First-hand experience of extreme climate events and household energy conservation in coastal Cambodia. Climate and Development, 10(5), 471–480
  • Armah, F. A., Yengoh, G. T., Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2017). The unusual suspects? Perception of underlying causes of anthropogenic climate change in coastal communities in Cambodia and Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 1–24
  • Tuot, S., Pal, K., Thin, K., Chhoun, P., Ung, M., Chhim, K., Patio, C., Allbritton, K., Blondek, , Mburu, G., & Yi, S. (2016). Determinants of inconsistent condom use among HIV serodiscordant couples in Cambodia. American Journal of Public Health Research, 4(2), 69–74.
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2016). Perceptions on climate change impacts and self-rated health in coastal Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 1–15
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2015). Perceived self-efficacy and adaptation to climate change in coastal Cambodia. Climate, 4(1), 1.
  • Armah, F. A., Ung, M., Boamah, S., Luginaah, I., & Campbell, G. (2015). Out of the frying pan into the fire? Urban penalty of the poor and multiple barriers to climate change adaptation in Cambodia and Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 1–18.
  • Amoyaw, J. A., Kuuire, V. Z., Boateng, G. O., Asare-Bediako, Y., & Ung, M. (2015). Conundrum of sexual decision making in marital relationships: Safer-sex knowledge, behavior, and attitudes of married women in Zambia. The Journal of Sex Research, 52(8), 868–877.
  • Boateng, G. O., Kuuire, V. Z., Ung, M., Amoyaw, J. A., Armah, F. A., & Luginaah, I. (2014). Women’s empowerment in the context of millennium development goal 3: A case study of married women in Ghana. Social Indicators Research115(1), 137–158
  • Ung, M., Boateng, G. O., Armah, F. A., Amoyaw, J. A., Luginaah, I., & Kuuire, V. Z. (2014). Negotiation for safer sex among married women in Cambodia: The role of women's autonomy. Journal of Biosocial Science46(1), 90–106
  • Kocar, B. D., Polizzotto, M. L., Benner, S. G., Ying, S. C., Ung, M., Ouch, K., ... & Fendorf, S. (2008). Integrated biogeochemical and hydrologic processes driving arsenic release from shallow sediments to groundwater of the Mekong Delta. Applied Geochemistry23(11), 3059–3071
  • Kummu, M., Sokvongsa, T., Sarkkula, J., Koponen, J., Kagna, O., Moniphea, L., Ung, M., Sampson, M., Irvine, K.N., Vermette, S.J., Tang, T., and Keskinen, M., 2007. A modelling framework and preliminary results in assessing Phnom Penh’s sewage discharges. In: W. James, K.N. Irvine, E.A. McBean & R.E. Pitt, (Eds.) Contemporary Modelling of Urban Water Systems. Guelph, Ontario: Computational Hydraulics International.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

  • Ung, M (2019, Jul). Challenges for first time GIS user among student teachers. The 29th International Cartographic Conference (ICC), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Ung, M., & Boamah, S. (2019, Jul). Event-history analysis of determinants of breastfeeding in Cambodia: Evident from demographic and health survey. The 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Queenstown, New Zealand.
  • Ung, M. (2017, Nov). Cambodian rural coastal community vulnerability to climate change impacts including sea level rise. The Southeast Asian Geography Association, Depok, Indonesia.
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2017, Jul). Perceptions on climate change impacts and self-rated health in coastal Cambodia. Research Findings and Knowledge Sharing Seminar, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2016, Mar). First-hand experience of climate hazard events and household energy consumption in coastal Cambodia. EnviroCon, London, Ontario Canada.
  • Ying, K. P., Lininger B. A., Ung, M. & Ying, J. F. (2015). Child health, malnutrition, and socioeconomic development in Cambodia. Economic and Social Development, 10th International Scientific Conference, Book of Proceedings, ISBN# 978-953-6125-12-8.
  • Ung, M., Kuuire, V. Z., Amoyaw, J., Boateng, G. O., & Luginaah, I. (2015, Apr). Time to the termination of breastfeeding among married women in Cambodia: Implications for public health policy. Association of American Geographers (AAG), Chicago, Illinois USA.
  • Ung, M., Luginaah, I., Chuenpagdee, R., & Campbell, G. (2014, Oct). Perceived self-efficacy and adaptation to climate change in coastal Cambodia: A multilevel ordered logistic regression analysis. The Canadian Association of Geographers-Ontario (CAG-ONT), York, Ontario Canada.
  • Ung, M., Ying, K. P., Lininger, B. A., & Ying J. F. (2014, May). Mother’s social determinants of child health in Cambodia: Evidence from demographic and health survey 2010. The13th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii USA.
  • Ung, M., Mkandawire, P., Dixon, J., Luginaah, I., Sopheab, H., Tuot, S., & Oum, S. (2012, May). The fight against HIV/AIDS in Cambodia: Conflicting policy impact on good intentions. The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), Waterloo, Ontario Canada.
  • Ying, K. P., Ung, M., Lininger, B., & Ying, J. F. (2012, May). Immunization status of kindergarten students in Kern County, California: A socioeconomic and spatial analysis. The 11th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, Hawaii USA.
  • Ung, M., Sopheab, H., Tuot, S., Moeun, S., Ying, J. F., & Ying, K. P. (2012). A spatial analysis of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support programs in Cambodia provided by KHANA, 2008– Proceedings of the 11th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, ISSN #1539-7300, (72–286).
  • Ying, K. P., Lininger, B. A., Ying, J. F., Demko, G. J., & Ung, M. (2011). Infant male circumcision in the United States: A historical, cultural, and spatial analysis. Proceedings of the 10th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, ISSN #1539-7300, (690–721).
  • Tuot, S., Sopheab, H., Ung, M., Gleeson, P., Heng, S., & Moriarty, K. (2010, Nov). Problems and challenges in relation to disclosure and testing: Cambodia’s stigma index study. The 3rd Phnom Penh Symposium on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Sopheab, H., Tuot, S., Ung, M., Gleeson, P., Heng, S., Moriarty, K., & Oum, S. (2010, Nov). Socio-demographic determinants of stigma and discrimination: Stigma index study in Cambodia. The 3rd Phnom Penh Symposium on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Ung, M., Sopheab, H., Tuot, S., Gleeson, P., Heng, S., & Moriarty, K. (2010, Nov). People living with HIV stigma index study in Cambodia: The quantitative findings. The 3rd Phnom Penh Symposium on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Ung, M., Ying, K. P., & Ying J. F. (2009). A spatial analysis of lung cancer and tobacco smoking in the United States, 1989– Proceedings of the 8th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, 2009, ISSN #1539-7300, (552–580).
  • Ung, M., Ying, K. P., Ying, S. C., & Ying, J. F. (2008, Oct). A spatial analysis of outreach programs for contaminated ground and surface water in Cambodia. The 31st Applied Geography Conference, Wilmington, Delaware USA.
  • Ying, S. C., Kocar, B. D, Ung, M., Francis, C. A., & Fendorf, S. (2008, Jun). Competitive redox and adsorption reactions of arsenic between iron and manganese oxides. Stanford Environmental Molecular Science Institute Annual Meeting, Stanford, California, USA.
  • Ying, K. P., Lininger, B. A., Ying J. F., & Ung, M. (2008). Effects of prostitution and drug abuse on the incidence of HIV/AIDS in California, 1998–2002, Proceedings of the 7th Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, ISSN #1539-7300, (582–594).
  • B. D., Ying, S. C., Polizzotto, M., Ung, M., Samreth, S., Leng, M., Sampson, M., & Fendorf, S. (2006, Nov). Iron (hydr)oxide transformation and release of arsenic from tropical soils during iron and sulfate reduction. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings, Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
  • B. D., Ying, S. C., Polizzotto, M., Ung, M., Samreth, S., Leng, M., Sampson, M. & Fendorf, S. (2006, Dec). Arsenic retention and release from ferrihydrite and tropical soils during iron and sulfate reduction. American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, California USA.