Evan (Jeong-Kyun) Choi

Jeong-Kyun Choi

Associate 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.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2013-2014, Innovative Research, Competency Assessment & Student Performance Evaluation. Winona State University, Winona, MN2011-2012, Innovative Research, Journal of International Social Issues, Winona State University, Winona, MN2010-2011, Innovative Research, Role Conflicts and Mental Health: Focused on Poverty, Work, Education, and Parenting, Winona State University, Winona, MN2006-2007, Research Fellowship, Next Five Strategic Plans: E-Grassroots Advocacy First 5 LA and the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, Los Angeles, CA
2015-2016, Associate Professor, Winona State University, Department of Social Work, College of Nursing and Health Science, Winona, MN2014-2015, Faculty Liaison, Individualized Studies, Outreach & Continuing Education Division (OCED), Winona State University2013-2014, Interim Program Coordinator, Winona State University, Department of Social Work, Rochester Campus Program2012-2016, Editor-in-chief, Journal of International Social Issues, ISSN 2327-5375 (Print), ISSN 2327-5367 (online)2010-2015, Assistant Professor, Winona State University, Department of Social Work, College of Nursing and Health Science, Winona, MN2009-2010, Program Director, Young Again Adult Day Health Care, Medi-Cal: Medicaid in California, Los Angeles, CA
The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA)National Association of Social Workers (NASW)Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW #22938), State of Minnesota Board of Social WorkKorean Advanced Social Worker (KASW), Korea Association of Social Workers