Michelle G. Ong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Developmental Psychology

Sikolohiyang Pilipino

Research Interests

Aging, Child-Rearing Practices, Childhood, Parenthood, Indigenous Psychology, Feminist Psychology, Critical Psychology, Embodiment, Migration, Social Inequality, Body Projects, Carework, Identity and Discourse

Selected Publications

Ong, M. G., & Ochoa, D. P. (2022). P is for Problem, Publish, and Psychology: Multilingual Scholars and the Challenges of Publishing in English. Observer. June 30, 2022. Association for Psychological Science. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/gs-problem-publish-psychology

Ochoa, D. P., & Ong, M. G. (2022). Negotiated harms in moralized policies: The case of Duterte’s war on drugs. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5348

Ong, M. G., &; López, M. I. (2022). Filipina migrants and the embodiment of successful aging in Japan: Individual quests for wealth, health, and meaningful interdependence. Southeast Asian Studies, 11(1), 49–77. https://doi.org/10.20495/seas.11.1

Ong, M.G. (2021). “The case for aging Filipino migrants: Initial insights and recommendations for future research.” In Encinas-Franco, Jean (ed.) Looking Back, Moving Forward: Philippine Migration Issues, Policies, and Narratives. Philippine Migration Research Network and Philippine Social Science Council. pp. 157-185.

Ong, M.G. (2020). “Embodying the Good Migrant in Ageing: Negotiating Positive Subjectivities through Paid Work” in Baas, Michiel (ed.) The Asian Migrant’s Body: Emotion, Gender and Sexuality. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. pp. 109-133.

Ong, M. G. (2019). Who cares? The dilemma of carework in older Filipina migrants’ narratives. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 50:2, pp. 200-225. https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/pdf/10.3138/jcfs.50.2.006

Ong, M.G. and Yacat, J. (2018). Negotiating Filipino identities and intercultural encounters: From colonization to globalized migration, in Li, W., Hodgetts, D., and Foo, K. H. (eds.) Asia-Pacific Perspectives on Intercultural Psychology. London: Routledge. pp. 118-139.

Ong, M. G. (2018). Embodying good citizenship and success in migration: Aging Filipina migrants talk about health. InterDisciplines. 9:1, pp. 7-36. http://www.inter-disciplines.org/index.php/indi/article/view/186/pdf_32

Ong, M. G. (2016). Ang kapakinabangan ng poststrukturalismo sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino: Hamon at halimbawa mula sa pag-aaral ng mga migranteng Pilipina sa Aotearoa. Diwa. 4

Ong, M. and Braun, V. (2016). “Erasing/embracing the marks of aging: Alternative discourses around beauty among Filipina migrants” Social Science Diliman. 12: 2, pp. 1-29.

Jennie Gamlin, Agnes Zenaida Camacho, Michelle Ong & Therese Hesketh (2015). Is domestic work a worst form of child labour? The findings of a six-country study of the psychosocial effects of child domestic work, Children's Geographies, 13:2, 212-225, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2013.829660

Gamlin, J. et al. (2013). Home Truths: Wellbeing and vulnerabilities of child domestic workers. ASI: London.

Hesketh, T. et al. (2012). The psychosocial impact of child domestic work: a study from India and the Philippines. Archives of Disease in Childhood. http://adc.bmj.com.

Ong, M. G. (2011). Katawan, sarap, babae: hindi ito porno. In J. A. Cantiller & J. A. Yacat (Eds.), Isip: Mga kaisipan sa sikolohiya, kultura at lipunang Pilipino. Quezon City: National Association for Sikolohiyang Pilipino.

Ong, M. G., Torre, B. and Balanon, F. (2009) Sulong, Kabataan! The SK Guide to Child and Youth Participation. Manila: PST-CRRC, DILG, NYC and Unicef Manila.

Ong, M. G. (2007), Sama-samang Pagtuklas at Paglilimi: Ang Workhop bilang Pamamaraan ng Maka-Pilipinong Pananaliksik. Binhi, Tomo 3, Bilang. 1. Quezon City: Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino.

Aguirre, Alwin C. and Ong, Michelle G. (2002) LGU and NGO Collaboration: Bridging the Gaps in Children's Work, 2002 in Emerging Good Practices: A Documentation of the Experiences and Learning of Save the Children UK’s Programme for Abused and Exploited Children. Quezon City: UP CIDS-PST and Save the Children-UK.

Yacat, Jay. A. and Ong, Michelle, G. (2000) Beyond the Home: Child Abuse in the School and Church, 2000. Quezon City: UP CIDS-PST and Save the Children Foundation.

Professional Associations

Associate member,  Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering

Member, Philippine Migration Research Network (2021)

Associate member, NRCP

Member (2016 to Present), UP Diliman Discourse Studies Group

Member (1999 to Present ), Pambansang Samahan sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino

Awards and Recognition

UP PhD Incentive Grant (2017 to 2018)

Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship Program grant (2016)

University of Auckland International Doctoral Scholarship (2010 to 2014)

Atty. Lourdes Lontok-Cruz Award for Best Theses in Women’s and Gender Studies (2006)