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Yeonjung Jane Lee, PhD, MA (MSW equiv.)
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 214
Phone: 808.956.9614
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: Yeonjung@hawaii.edu


Education

Ph.D. (Social Work), Boston University

M.A. (MSW equiv.), Seoul National University

B.A. (Social Welfare), University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

  • Gerontology & productive aging
  • Health equity and disparities among disadvantaged older adults
  • Quantitative research

CV

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Yeonjung (Jane) Lee, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
Gartley Hall, 2430 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Email: yeonjung@hawaii.edu

EDUCATION
2019

Ph.D. in Social Work
Boston University School of Social Work
Dissertation: The Impact of Productive and Leisure Activities on Cognitive Health in Later Life.
Committee: Daniel Miller, Ph.D. (first reader, BU School of Social Work); Ernest Gonzales, Ph.D. (NYU School of Social Work); Yorghos Tripodis, Ph.D. (BU School of Public Health); Andrew Budson, MD (BU School of Medicine); Jordana Muroff, Ph.D. (BU School of Social Work). Acknowledgement: Sara S. (Sally) Bachman, Ph.D.; Served as committee member when she was at BU School of Social Work).

2014

M.A. in Social Welfare (MSW equivalent) Seoul National University Department of Social Welfare
Thesis: The Relationship between Physical Functioning and Mental Health among Older Adults with Disabilities in Korea: Moderating Effects of Age. Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

2011

B.A. in Social Welfare (honors)
University of California, Berkeley-School of Social Welfare

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • 2020-Present Gerontological Specialization Chair -University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health, Honolulu, HI
  • 2019-Present Assistant Professor – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health
  • 2017-2019 Instructor – Boston University School of Social Work

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Gerontology; Productive aging; Health equity and disparities among vulnerable populations.

FUNDING, HONORS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS
National Level

2020, July  RAND Summer Institute Demography, Economics, Psychology and Epidemiology of Aging Conference and Mini-Med Workshop Award Provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

2019-present Sponsored Faculty, The Pacific Islands Geriatric Workfroce Enhancement Program (PI-GWEP) in an Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Setting, Funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services

2019  Early Career Reviewer Award for the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research (JSSWR).

2018  1st Place Poster Presentation Award. National Association of Social Workers (NASW)-MA.

2015  Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Initiative Award. Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). http://agesw.org/2015-awardees

2011  Honors Society. Golden Key Honors Society.

University Level

2019-2020 New Faculty Fund. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health.

2019 Travel Award from Faculty Research Travel Fund (FY2020). University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health.

2019  Doctoral Methodology Training Fund. Boston University School of Social Work.

2018  The Pardee Graduate Summer Fellowship. The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. http://www.bu.edu/pardee/2018/05/01/pardee-centerannounces-2018-graduate-summer-fellows/

2018  Doctoral Student Travel Grant. Impairment in the Social World: Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University in the City of New York.

2017, 2018  Dissertation Fund/Doctoral Methodology Training Fund. Boston University School of Social Work.

2017, 2018  Doctoral Research Funding. Social Security Administration (SSA) via Steven H. Sandell Grant at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research by Dr. Gonzales.

2015-2018 Doctoral Student Travel Grant. School of Social Work, Boston University.

2014-2019 Doctoral Student Scholarship (Dean’s Fellowship 2014). Boston University.

2013 Outstanding Resident Advisor Award. Seoul National University.

2013 International Student Resident Advisor Scholarship. Gwanaksa, Seoul National University.

2012-2014 Graduate Teaching Assistant & Research Scholarship. Department of Social Welfare, Seoul National University.1

2012-2013 Research Assistant Fellowship. Department of Social Welfare, Seoul National University & Save the Children Korea.

2011 Honors Graduate. University of California, Berkeley.

2010 Social Welfare Senior Honors Program. Social Welfare Department, University of California, Berkeley.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI,  2020-2021
Aging Researcher
Co-Chairs: Drs. Noreen Mokuau and Kathryn Braun.
Funding: Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment.
Funding to support the new gerontologist social work faculty to pursue research on cognitive impairment and elders in Hawai`i during 2020.

 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, 2019-Present
Co-Investigator
Hā Kūpuna (The National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders)
Principal Investigator: Kathryn Braun, DrPH
Funding: U.S. Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services

 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, 2019-Present
Co-Principal Investigator
C3-OD2A Project (Care Coordination and Case Management Training and Capacity Building for Overdose Prevention)
Principal Investigator: Seunghye Hong, PhD
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Boston University, Boston, MA, 2018–Present
Co-Principle Investigator (with Deborah Carr, PhD, Professor at Department of Sociology, Boston University)
Association of Social Support and Health among Older Adults
Funding: School of Social Work, Boston University (During 2018-2019)

Boston University, Boston, MA, 2018–2019
Principal Investigator
The Influence of Productive and Leisure Activities on Cognitive Functioning and Self-Rated Memory among Older Adults in the United States
Funding: The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University

Boston University, Boston, MA, 2017–2019
Doctoral Research Associate
A Longitudinal Population-Based Study that Examines Discrimination, Health, and Work
Principal Investigator: Ernest Gonzales, PhD
Funding: Social Security Administration (SSA) via Steven H. Sandell Grant at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research

Boston University, Boston, MA, 2014–2016
Doctoral Research Assistant
Madison Park Village Neighborhood Adult (ages 55 and older) Quality of Life Survey: A Needs and Assets Assessment of Older Low-Income Urban Minority Adults Living in Subsidized Housing
Principal Investigators: Judith Gonyea, PhD (Boston University) & Alexandra Curley, PhD (The American City Coalition)
Funding: Initiative on Cities, Boston University

Seoul National University, Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 2014–June 2014
Graduate Research Assistant
The Couples’ Life Story Approach: Intervention to Enhance the Quality of Couples with Dementia and to Reduce the Caregiving Burden
Principal Investigator: Jung-Hwa Ha, PhD

Seoul National University, Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea September, September 2012–June 2013
Graduate Research Assistant
What does the composite well-being index of children tell us about Korean children’s quality of life?
Principal Investigator: Bong-Joo Lee, PhD
Funding: Save the Children Korea

PUBLICATIONS (Initials indicated as “Lee, Y. J.” or “Lee, Y.”) 

Journal Articles

Lee, Y. J. (accepted, 2020). The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Vulnerable Older Adults in the United States. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work. doi:10.1080/01634372.2020.1777240

Lee, Y. J. & Lee, H. H. (accepted, 2020). The Association Between Oral Health and Food Avoidance Among Older Adults in the United States. Public Health in Practice. doi:10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100011

Lee, Y. J.  (2020). The Cognitive Health of Older Adults in Hawai‘i: Implications for Social Work. Hawai‘i Journal of Health & Social Welfare, 79(4), 127-129. https://hawaiijournalhealth.org/past_issues/HJHSW_Apr20.pdf

Gonzales, E., Lee, Y. J., & Marchiondo, L. (2019). Exploring the Consequences of Major Lifetime Discrimination, Neighborhood Conditions, Chronic Work, and Everyday Discrimination on Health and Retirement. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1177/0733464819892847

Gonyea, J. G., Curley, A., Melekis, K., & Lee, Y. (2017). Perceptions of neighborhood safety and depressive symptoms among older minority urban subsidized housing residents: the mediating effect of sense of community belonging. Aging & Mental Health, 1-6.

Morrow-Howell, N., Gonzales, E. G., Harootyan, R. A., Lee, Y., & Lindberg, B. W. (2017). Approaches, Policies, and Practices to Support the Productive Engagement of Older Adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 60(3), 193-200.

Gonyea, J. G., Curley, A., Melekis, K., Levine, N., & Lee, Y. (2018). Loneliness and depression among older adults in urban subsidized housing. Journal of Aging and Health30(3), 458-474. doi: DOI: 10.1177/0898264316682908 (First Published December 20, 2016).

Book Reviews

Lee, Y. J. (2018). Diverse Approaches to Care in Old Age: Theory to Practice. Social Work. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1093/sw/swy036

Other Academic Publications

Lee, Y. J. (April, 2020). Translated “Resources Main Page 4-1” and “Fisheries and aquaculture 4-1” from Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into Korean language for the residents of Hawai’i with limited English proficiency. Supported Faith Action for Community Equity.

Lee, Y. J. & Gonzales, E. (2020, March). Promoting Healthy Cognitive Aging Through Work. Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) Newsletter.

Gonzales, E., Lee, Y. J., Padula, W. V., Jung, L. S. (2018). Exploring the Consequences of Discrimination with Health and Retirement by Race and Ethnicity: Results from the Health and Retirement Study (submitted for the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College). http://crr.bc.edu/working-papers/exploring-the-consequences-of-discrimination-and-health-for-retirement-by-race-and-ethnicity-results-from-the-health-and-retirement-study/

Manuscripts or other Projects in Progress

Lee, Y. J. & Gonzales, E. (Under review). Complex Work Demands that Bolster and Harm Cognitive Reserve: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study.

Lee, K., Lee, Y. J., & Harwerth, J. (Revise & resubmit). Roles of Formal and Informal Care for the Mental Health and Well-Being of Older Adults Living Alone.

Lee, Y. J. & Carr, D. (Analysis completed). Association of Social Support and Health of Older Adults.

Gonzales, E., Whetung, T., Lee, Y., J., & Krechten, R. (in prep: book chapter). Challenges to Working Longer: A Focus on Vulnerable Populations. Fideler, E. F., (Ed.) Handbook on Aging and Work. Rowman & Littlefield.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Lee, Y. J., Terada, T. M., & Hossain, M. D. (May 2020). The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Adults. Continuing Education Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Communities. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI.

Lee, Y. J. & Gonzales, E. (January 2020). Productive Engagement in Later Life: Examining the Health Outcomes of Vulnerable Older Adult Populations Working and Volunteering. Symposia. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Washington D.C.

Lee, Y. J. (December 2019). Productive Aging and Health. The Queen’s Medical Center. Honolulu, HI.

Lee, Y. J. & Carr, D. (November 2019). Impact of Social Support and Strain on Depressive Symptoms: Marital Status and Gender Differences. Poster presented at Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.

Lee, H. H., Lee, H. H., & Lee, Y. J. (August 2019). Self-Reported Instances of Discrimination: Focusing on Race Differences. Findings from the 2016 Post-Election National Asian American Survey. Poster presented at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), Honolulu, HI.

Lee, Y. J. (April 2019). The Association between Trauma and Depressive Symptoms among Older Adults in the United States: Focusing on race differences. Poster presented at BUMC Health Equity Symposium, Boston, MA.

Lee, Y. J. (January 2019). Lifetime Trauma and Depression in Older Adults: Differences by Gender and Race. Poster presented at Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.

Gonzales, E., Lee, Y. J., Marchiondo, L., Jung, L., & Wang, Y. (Invited for November 2018). Cumulative Inequality: A Lens to Understand Structural Discrimination and Its Effect on Health. Presidential Symposia for Social Research, Policy, & Practice. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Lee, Y. J. (June 2018). The Influence of Productive and Leisure Activities on Cognition among Older Adults. Paper presented at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future Summer Fellowship Presentation, Boston, MA.

Lee, Y. J. (May 2018). Longitudinal Relationships between Productive Activities and Cognitive Functioning Among Older Adults. Poster presented at the American Geriatrics Society conference, Orlando, FL.

Lee, H. H., & Lee, Y. J. (April 2018). The Association between Oral Health and Food Avoidance in Older Adults. Poster presented at NASW-MA Symposium 2018, Framingham, MA.

Lee, Y. J. (April 2018). Longitudinal Relationships between Productive Activities and Cognitive Impairment among Older Adults: Focusing on Gender Differences. Poster presented at NASW-MA Symposium 2018, Framingham, MA.

Lee, Y. J. et al. (April 2018). The Relationship between Meaning of Work and Psychological Well-being: Focusing on Gender Differences. Poster presented at BUMC Health Equity Symposium, Boston, MA.

Lee, Y. J. (March 2018). Longitudinal Relationships between Productive Activities and Cognitive Impairment among Older Adults: Focusing on Gender Differences. Paper presented at Impairment in the Social World: Graduate Student Conference at Columbia University in the City of New York, NY.

Lee, Y. J. (March 2018). The Relationship between Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease and Volunteering: Gender Differences. Poster presented at Aging in America conference, San Francisco, CA.

Lee, Y. J. (July 2017). The Relationship between Cognitive Health in Late-life and Productive Engagement. Poster presented at International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) pre-conference: National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Leadership Conference on State of the Future in Global Aging, Dementia & Mental Health: Bridging Leadership, Science, Practice and Policy, San Francisco, CA.

Lee, Y. J., Lee, H. H., & Ley, C. (November 2016). The Impact of Technological Device on Access to Health Information and Health among Older Americans. Poster presented at the Japan-US Science Forum in Boston, Cambridge, MA.

Gonyea, J. G., Curley, A., Lee, Y. J. (November 2016). Perceived Neighborhood Environment and Mental Health of Older Adults in Urban Subsidized Housing. Paper presented at Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Lee, Y. J. (March 2013). Current Trend of Disability Policy and Services in Korea. Paper presented at the Academic Seminar on International Welfare Knowledge Exchange of Thammasat University-Thailand & Seoul National University-Korea, Seoul, Korea.

Lee, D. Y., Park, Y. J., & Lee, Y. J. (June 2012). Investigation and Evaluation of the Disability Welfare Policy in Daegu. Paper presented at Conference on Korean Community Social Welfare, Investigation and Evaluation of the Outstanding Cases of the Local Government Policy, Gongju, South Korea.

TEACHING

Independent Teaching

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI, 2020
    • SW 650 Research Designs and Data Analyses for the Evaluation of Practice Effectiveness (Graduate Course)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI, 2019
    • SW 640 Introduction to Scientific Methods & Principles in Social Work (Graduate Course)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI 2019-Present
    • Social Work Directed Reading and Research: Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) in an Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Setting (Graduate Course)
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI, 2019
    • SW 640 Introduction to Scientific Methods & Principles in Social Work (Graduate Course)
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Spring 2019
    • Instructor, Theories and Issues on Aging (Graduate Course)
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Summer 2018
    • Instructor, Social Work Research II (Graduate Course)
    • Average Student Evaluation: 4.92/5.00
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Spring 2018
    • Instructor, Social Work Research I (Graduate Course)
    • Average Student Evaluation: 4.83/5.00
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Fall 2017
    • Online Facilitator, Social Work Research I (Graduate Course) 

Teaching Assistant

  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Spring 2018
    • Teaching Assistant, Theories and Issues on Aging (Graduate Course)
    • Instructor: Ernest Gonzales, PhD
    • Average Student Evaluation (TA role): 4.89/5.00
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Fall 2015
    • Teaching Assistant, Social Work Research II (Graduate Course)
    • Instructor: Judith Gonyea, PhD
  • Seoul National University, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Spring 2014
    • Teaching Assistant, Welfare for People with Disability (Undergraduate course)
    • Instructor: Jung-Hwa Ha, PhD
  • Seoul National University, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Fall 2013
    • Teaching Assistant, Theories and Practice on Death and Loss (Graduate course)
    • Instructor: Jung-Hwa Ha, PhD
  • Seoul National University, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Fall 2013
    • Teaching Assistant, Welfare for the Aged (Undergraduate course in English)
    • Instructor: Jung-Hwa Ha, PhD
  • Seoul National University, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Fall 2012
    • Teaching Assistant, Topics in Social Welfare (Undergraduate course in English)
    • Instructor: Sven E. O. Hort, PhD
  • Seoul National University, Department of Social Welfare, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Fall 2012
    • Teaching Assistant, Topics in Social Welfare Policy (Graduate course in English)
    • Instructor: Sven E. O. Hort, PhD

Other Selected Teaching Experience

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI, 2020
    • Guest Lecturer SW 361 Human Development and Behavior for Social Work Practice (Undergraduate Course), Productive aging and health.
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI, 2019
    • SW 640 Introduction to Scientific Methods & Principles in Social Work (Graduate Course: two sections)
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, 2019
    • Open house lecture, Theories and Issues on Aging (Graduate Course)
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, 2018–2019
    • Research Tutor, Social Work Research I and II
  • Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA, Fall 2017
    • Guest Lecturer (two sessions), Social Work Research I: Topics on mixed methods (Graduate Course)
    • Instructor: Jina Chang

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Data Training
Propensity Score Analysis, Philadelphia, PA,  April 2019
Taught by Shenyang Guo, Ph.D.

Longitudinal Data Analysis Using Stata Training Workshop, Boston, MA,  June 2018
Taught by Paul D. Allison, Ph.D.

Health and Retirement Study Data Training with Certificate –Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,  July 2017

Other Training
Intergenerational Programming Training with Certificate, Boston, MA, February 2017

Certificate of completion for 2016/2015 Longwood Seminars Mini-Med School Program at Harvard Medical School

Pedagogical Training
Teaching Seminar, January 2016–May 2016
Instructor: Janice Furlong

SERVICES TO THE PROFESSION

Service to the University and Schools of Social Work 2020

  • MSW Scholarship Committee
  • Doctoral Specialization Committee – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI
  • SWPHIPE – Social Work & Pharmacy IPE – Simulation February

Editorial Activities

Abstracts review for Gerontological Society of America

Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Gerontology: Social SciencesAbstracts review for 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Abstracts review for Gerontological Society of America

Academic Activities

  • Social Work Grand Challenge Productive Aging Group Doctoral Liaison, 08/2017–2019
  • The 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. San Francisco, CA, July 2017
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Ambassador at Boston University, January 2017–2019
  • Resident Advisor for International Students – Seoul National University, January–December 2013
  • Assistant Advisor for Center for Campus Life & Cultures – Seoul National University   September 2012

Judge

Student Poster Judge. The SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference-Aging section, 2019

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS

  • Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
  • Sigma Phi Omega–Gerontology Honor Society
  • Social Work Grand Challenge–Productive Aging Group
  • Golden Key Honors Society Member
  • The National Council on Rehabilitation Education
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association (APISWEA)

OTHER SKILLS

Language

▪ Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N3 Certificate (2011)

▪ Bilingual Korean and English

Computer Software

▪ SPSS, Stata, & Word Processor Specialist Certificate Level-Ⅱ (2002)

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