Khanh P. Lai, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work, Health and Human Enrichment Cluster

BSW, Creighton University, Omaha, NE; MSW, University of Nebraska-Omaha, NE; PhD (Gerontology), University of Nebraska, NE

Office: Samuel Read Hall 227; Phone: (603) 535-2635

About Khanh Lai

Dr. Khanh Lai’s research focuses on cognitive ageing among older married couples, specifically examining the influence of lifestyle activities, personality traits, psychological health, and memory outcomes. Currently, Dr. Lai is working on the Glencliff Home “Music and Memory” cluster project with the Psychology and Nursing Programs. Furthermore, she is partnering with COBA to develop an undergraduate Grant Writing course, which will be available to all students in the Fall of 2019.

Being relatively new to Plymouth State University, Dr. Lai is excited to bring her ageing expertise to the Social Work Program to expose students to the full lifespan development. In addition, Dr. Lai is enthusiastic to enhance students’ experiences in macro practice with grant-writing skills. As part of Dr. Lai’s community engagement initiative, her goal is to conduct a need assessment to identify specific needs for older adults. With her motivation for evidence-based interventions, Dr. Lai is eager to develop programs to meet the needs of older adults living in the rural communities.

Coming to United States at the age of nine, Dr. Lai values the importance of education and is passionate to guide students toward academic success. In her spare time, Dr. Lai enjoys cooking and traveling with her daughter Autumn.


SW 2200 – Introduction to Social Work

SW 2300 – Case Management and Advocacy

SW 3050 – Perspectives on Aging

SW 3530 – Theory and Practice of Social Work Intervention III

SW 3660 – Human Behavior and Social Environment