Jeong-Kyun Choi

Evan (Jeong-Kyun) Choi

Jeong-Kyun Choi

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Children and Poverty

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.

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