Jeong-Kyun ChoiAssociate Professor and Extension Specialist in Children and Poverty
Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
M.S.W. Social Work, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.A. Social Work, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
I have a background in social work, broad experience in poverty study, and expertise in program evaluation and research methods. I am committed to developing a high impact program of research and Extension programing and scholarship in the following areas:
Poverty, Father Involvement, and Child Development. A major focus of my research is to investigate the direct and indirect effects of poverty, economic hardship, parenting in the home environment, and nonresident fathers’ involvement on children’s developmental outcomes in single-parent families living in poverty. With nationally representative samples (e.g., the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study), I have investigated the longitudinal effects of father involvement on children’s social and emotional development.
Co-Parenting Relations and Child Adjustment in Multi-Stressed Non-Marital Families. One of my recent research areas is about coparenting relationships in non-marital, non-cohabiting parents with limited resources. Collaborating with Nebraska Extension, I have evaluated a state-mandate parenting program (i.e., Co-Parenting for Successful Kids) for divorcing parents. As PI, I have conducted a randomized control trial and I am currently conducting a mixed-method longitudinal panel study.
Health Literacy and Health Disparities in Immigrant Families. Another line of scholarship involves health literacy and health disparities of immigrant families with children. As a special-sworn researcher at the U.S. Census Bureau, I am currently examining the effects of neighborhood characteristics on children’s health and behavioral development in immigrant families, with merging the American Community Survey and the National Health Interview Surveys.