skip to Main Content
Jane Lee Photo 225
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

View CV File

Yeonjung (Jane) Lee, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
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

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
2019-Present Assistant professor – University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
2018-2019 Research tutor – Boston University School of Social Work
2017-2019 Instructor – Boston University School of Social Work

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Gerontology; Productive aging (work, volunteering, and caregiving); Health (Cognitive health; Psychological well-being; Disability studies; Oral health; Occupational health); Health equity and disparities among disadvantaged older adults.

HONORS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS
National Level
2018  Emerging Scholar Award. Aging & Social Change (declined due to visa logistics).

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  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.

TEACHING
Independent Teaching
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
1 TA for Dr. Sven Hort Fall 2012-Spring 2013 (during Spring 2013, I assisted in the preparation for the following semester) & Dr. Jung-Hwa Ha
Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
Instructor, Social Work Research II (Graduate Course)

Boston University, School of Social Work, Boston, MA Spring 2018
Instructor, Social Work Research I (Graduate Course)

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

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 Teaching Experience
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

Chungdahm Learning Institute in Korea, Daegu August 2011–January 2012
English teacher

Daegu Suseong Disability Day Care Center. Daegu, South Korea 2011
English teaching session

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS (Initials indicated as “Lee, Y. J.” or “Lee, Y.”)
Refereed Journal Articles
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 Health, 30(3), 458-474. doi: DOI: 10.1177/0898264316682908 (First Published December 20, 2016).

Park, M. R., Lee, D. Y., & Lee, Y. J. (2013). A study on the work conditions, job satisfaction, and life satisfaction among women with disability: Focusing on the comparison with male counterparts. Korean Council of Physical, Multiple, & Health Disabilities, 56(2), 215-242.

Articles Under Review
Lee, Y. J. & Gonzales, E. (Under review). Associations of Work Complexity with Cognitive Health: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study.

Gonzales, E., Lee, Y. J., & Marchiondo, L. (Under review). Cumulative Inequality as a Lens to Explore the Consequences of Discrimination with Health and Retirement.

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

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
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-retirementby-race-and-ethnicity-results-from-the-health-and-retirement-study/

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Boston University, Boston, MA, 2018–Present
Co-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

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, 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

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Lee et al. (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.

Hwang et al. (May 2018). Perceived Work Characteristics and Cognitive Function in Later Life. Poster presented at Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

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. & Lee, H. H. (July 2017). The Impact of Early Childhood Experience on Self-rated Memory Change in Late-life. Poster presented at 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.

Lee, Y. J. & Lee, H. H. (November 2016). The Relationship between Physical Functioning and Mental Health among Older Adults with Disabilities in Korea: Moderating Effects of Age. 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.

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
Editorial Activities

  • Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 2017–

Abstract Reviewer

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • International Association for Gerontology & Geriatrics

Academic Activities

  • Social Work Grand Challenge Productive Aging Group Doctoral Liaison,  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,   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

Social Work Practice

  • Graduate Intern: MSW Field Placement at Seoul Dongjak Community Welfare Center for the Aged, Seoul, Korea,  2013

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)
  • Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society

OTHER SKILLS
Language

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level N3 Certificate (2011)
  • Bilingual Korean and English

Computer Software

  • SPSS & Stata
Back To Top