Cecilia S. Obeng

(812) 856-0502
PH 296-I

  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2002
  • Indiana University, M.A., 1999
  • University of Ghana, B.A., 1994
  • H150 Children's Health
  • F459 Families & Atypical Children
  • F304 Healty Children: Breastfeeding Promotion in Global Communities
  • H414 Health Education in Pre- K-6
  • F504 Breastfeeding: Practice and Policy
  • F550 Families, Culture and Atypicality
  • H514 Health Education Pedagogy in Pre-K and Elementary Years
  • T580 Introduction to Qualitative Inquiry in Public Health Research
  • Chair, America School Health Association (Early Childhood Council)
  • Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Paper Award
Research Interests
  • Infant Feeding (Breastfeeding) and Child Health
  • Culture and Immigrant Families’ Health
  • The Role of the Family in the Development of the Child Especially Children with Health Problems
  • Pre-School Children’s Health
  • Culture, Care, and Child Health
Selected Publications


Obeng, S. (2014). Selected Topics on Pre-K-6 Health Education. New York: Nova Science Publishers (NSP) Inc.

Obeng, Cecilia (2009). Children's Health in a Traditional Society. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Obeng, Cecilia (2004) Voices of Affliction. Aspects of Traditional Healing Practices and their Impact on Akan Families in Ghana. Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2002) "Home Was Uncomfortable; School Was Hell": A Confessionalist-Ethnographic Account of Traditional Beliefs and Socio-educational Crises in the Schooling of Ghanaian Rural Girls. New York: Nova Science Publishers Inc.


Obeng, S.; Weinstein, M.; & Hauser, J. (2016). ‘Health Education in Early Years Classrooms in Cape Coast (Ghana.)’ Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.

 Obeng, G. & Obeng, C.S (2016) ‘Gender, Power and Sexuality in Akan (Ghana) Epigrams.’Issues in Intercultural Communication 4(2): 67-75.

 Hunter, , Obeng, C. S. & Ogah, J. (2016) ‘Assessing Ghanaian Teachers’ Perceptions and Beliefs regarding Substance Use among School-age Children in Ghana.’ International Journal of School Health DOI: 10.17795/intjsh-37256

 Obeng, S. Emetu, B., & Curtis, T. (2015). ‘African American Women’s Perceptions and Experiences about Breastfeeding.’ Frontier of Child Health and Human Development, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpubh. 2015.0027.

 Obeng, S., Obeng, S. & Merrick, J. (2015). ‘Intersection between Culture and Health.’ International Public Health Journal, 7:1-3.

 Obeng, S, Emetu, B. & Bowman, S. (2015). “Immigrant College Students’ Experiences with Their American Physicians.” International Public Health Journal, 7:4-11.

 Obeng, S. (2015). ‘Positive Attributes That Enhance Breastfeeding among Mothers.’ Child Health Human Development, 8: 20-28.

 Obeng, S. and Reed, D. (2015). ‘Healthcare Worker's Breastfeeding Practices and Beliefs in Ghana.’ International Public Health Journal, 6:20-24.

 Apiyo, & Obeng, C.S. (2015). ‘Exercise Culture among Immigrants Living in the Midwestern United States.’ International Public Health Journal, 6:6-11.

 Obeng S. & Elena, L. (2014). ‘Parents’ Motivations and Views on Combining Breast Milk and Formula.’ Journal of Child Health and Human Development 7: 26-33.

 Obeng, S. Bowman, S. (2013). ‘Parents’ Perspectives on Curbing Gun Violence among Children in Indiana.’ California Journal of Health Promotion, 11: 15-22.

 Obeng, S. (2013). ‘Health Care Seeking Avenues of Parents of School-age Children with Severe Health Problems in a Community in Ghana.’ International Journal of Child and Adolescent, Health, 5: 337-341.

 Ray, Obeng, C. S. & Seo D-C. (2013). ‘A Study of Eating Patterns of Mainstream Americans and Those of Newly-Arrived Immigrants Children Enrolled in American Educational Institutions. Progress in Education, 29: 171-184.

 Obeng, S. & Edwards, A. (2012). Mothers Shared Their Experiences on Breastfeeding. International Journal of Child Health Human Development, 6: 1-5.

 Obeng, S. (2012). ‘Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Care Education in Ghana.’ International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, 4(2):  50-63.

 Wong, , Wong, J. & Obeng, C. S. (2012). ‘An Untold story: A Qualitative Study of Asian American Family Strengths.’ Asian American Journal of Psychology, 3: 286–298. doi: 10.1037/a0025553.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2011). "Culture and Alcohol Use among School Age Children in Ghana". International Journal of Health Education, 14, 59-67.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2011). Preschool Teachers' Views of Health Education in Early Years. Journal of Research in Education, 5, 1-6.

Wong, A., Wong, Y.J., & Obeng, C.S. (2011). An Untold Story: A Qualitative Study of Asian American Family Strengths. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2010). Should Gun Safety Be Taught in Schools? Perspectives of Teachers. Journal of School Health, 80, 394-398.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2010). Injury Prevention Lessons in Kindergarten Classrooms. Progress in Education, 18, 217-227.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem & James, Julie (2010). "Caring for School-aged Children with Chronic Health Problems: Mothers' Perspective." Journal of Research in Education, 4,1-8.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2010). A Study of the Experiences of Parents with Home-Schooled Pre-Adolescence Children with Severe Multiple Health Problems. International Journal of Special Education. 25, 80-85.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2010). Physical Activity Lessons in Preschools. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 24, 50-59.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2009). Injuries in Preschool Classrooms. Health Education, 109 (5), 414-423.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2009). Nutritional Activities in Preschool Classrooms. Journal of Research in Education.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2009). Culture, Health, and School Attendance Among Immigrant Children in the United States. Progress in Education, 17, 105-113.

Obeng, Cecilia (2008). Dental Care issues among Immigrant Pre-Schoolers. Early Childhood Research & Practice.

Obeng, Cecilia and Vandergriff Alison (2008). Experiences of Parents with Pre-K to Grade Four Children with Food Allergies International Journal of Special Education, 22, 96-102.

Obeng, Cecilia (2008). Personal Cleanliness Activities in Preschool Classrooms" Early Childhood Education Journal, 36, 93-99

Obeng, Cecilia (2007). Culture and Dental Health among African Immigrant School-Aged children in the United States. Journal of Health Education, 34, 343-349.

Obeng, Cecilia (2007). Teacher's Views on the Teaching of Children with Disabilities International Journal of Special Education, 22, 96-102.

Obeng, Cecilia (2007). Address Forms among Akan Families (Couples) Living in the United States: A Quantitative Study, Issues in Intercultural Communication, 2, 44-60.

Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2007). Perceptions of Epilepsy in a Family. In. Toyin Falola and Matthew Heaton (eds.). HIV/AIDS, Illness and African Well-Being. Pp. 57-71. Rochester: Rochester University Press.

*Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2007). Attitudes of Families toward their Teenaged School Dropouts and the Impact on the Teenagers. Sunal, M. (ed.) Education in Africa. Information Age Publishing.

*Obeng, Cecilia Sem (2007). African Immigrants' Families and the American Educational System. In Toyin Falola (ed.) African Minorities. New York: Routledge.

*Obeng, Cecilia Sem and Obeng, Samuel Gyasi (2006). African Immigrant Families' Views on English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes Held for Newly Arrived Immigrant Children in the United States Elementary and Middle Schools: A Study in Ethnography. In Michael Firming & Patricia R. Brewer (Eds.) Ethnographic Qualitative Research in Education Volume 2. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Obeng, Cecilia (2006). "Immigrant Families and Childcare Preferences: Do Immigrants' Cultures Influence Their Childcare Decisions?" Early Childhood Education Journal, 34, 237-45.

Obeng, Cecilia (2006). Strategies for Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for Teaching Storytelling in Pre-Schools. Canadian Children: Journal of the Canadian Association for Young Children, 3, 122-28.

Obeng, Cecilia (2006). "We were victims of our parents' uncooperative behavior:" Problems Faced by School Dropouts in Rural Ghana. Nordic Journal of African Studies, 15(4), 544-565.