Jeong-Kyun ChoiAssociate Professor and Early Childhood Extension Specialist
2009. Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2001. M.S.W. Social Work, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
1999. B.A. Social Work, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
My research agenda is focused on advancing knowledge about the links among poverty, economic hardship, parenting in the home environment, nonresident fathers’ involvement in single-parent families, and early childhood developmental outcomes. In particular, I have examined the impact of nonresident fathers’ involvement on early child development in disadvantaged families.
Another line of scholarship that is of interest to me involves the effects of quality of early childhood settings on children’s development. I have recently examined the links between and among child care subsidies, type of care settings (i.e., home- vs. center-based care), the quality of care, mothers’ parenting, and children’s behavioral and cognitive development. I am also interested in health disparities of low-income immigrant families with children. In this regard, I have investigated factors associated with the health literacy of immigrants (e.g., English proficiency and educational attainment).
Advanced research methods and statistical modeling skills are another area of my expertise. I have considerable experience conducting longitudinal analyses with using multi-level and structural equation modeling. I am still refining my statistical knowledge and skills with using software packages including Stata, Mplus, SPSS, HLM, and Lisrel.