Faculty Profile for Dr. Shinwoo Choi

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Dr. Shinwoo Choi
Assistant Professor — School of Social Work
ENC 150A
phone: (512) 245-2592

Biography Section

Biography and Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL May 2017
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work
Targeting population: Latino and Asian immigrant adolescents and young adults

Dissertation: Asian Immigrants’ Psychological Well-being: The Interplay of Perceived Racial Discrimination, Group Membership, and Coping Strategies

Dissertation Committee: Drs. Lissette Piedra, Min Zhan, Karen Tabb, and Stacy Harwood

Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY May 2011
Master of Science in Social Work
Track: Policy practice, Targeting populations: Family, Youth, and Children

McGill University, Montreal, Canada May 2009
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, Educational Psychology (minor)

Teaching Interests

Social Work Research Methods and Statistics
Human Behaviors and Social Environment
Introduction to Social Work
Immigration, Migration, and Diversity issues in Social Work

Research Interests

Disaster Management among Vulnerable Populations
Psychological Well-being of Immigrants
Coping Strategies against Racial Discrimination
Promoting Diversity in School and Campus Environments through Community Engagement

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Choi, S., Choi, M., Shamrova, D. P., Hong, J. Y., Kim, Y. J., & Mullan, S. (2024). Challenges and coping strategies of families with young children amid hurricanes: A qualitative inquiry. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 1–16.
  • Choi, S., Hong, J. Y., Hawkins, C. A., & Park, H. (n.d.). The Perceptions of Korean Americans on the Rise of Anti-Asian Racial Discrimination and the Negative Impact on Psychological Distress. In Addressing Anti-Asian Racism with Social Work Advocacy and Action. US: Oxford University Press.
  • Choi, S., Alberton, A. M., Park, H., Song, E. J., Gough, H. R., & Lee, I. S. (2023). Racial Microaggressions and Asian Americans’ Well-Being: A Scoping Review and Exploratory Meta-Analysis. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.
  • Park, H., Noh, K., Choi, S., & Min, J. J. (2023). Social support as a moderator between resilience and psychological distress among korean americans perceiving racial discrimination during COVID-19: An exploratory application of a moderated mediation model. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 95. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2023.101815
  • Nam, B. H., Choi, S., Copeland, T., & Kim, Y. J. (2023). Social vulnerability and geohazards: Review and implications. In Geohazards and Disaster Risk Reduction: Multidisciplinary and Integrated Approaches (pp. 3–36). United States: Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-24541-1

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, College of Applied Arts. August 18, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Health Scholar Showcase Award. May 5, 2021 - December 31, 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: COVID-19 and Childcare Arrangements in the State of Florida, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs. August 15, 2020 - December 15, 2020

Selected Grants

  • Choi, Shinwoo (Principal). Climate Change, Infrastructure Disruption, and Extreme Weather Resilience: Cases of Environmental Justice (EJ) communities in Texas, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Federal, $362000. (Submitted: October 16, 2022, Funded: September 1, 2023 - May 30, 2025). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERP)
January 18, 2022-Present
BSW Advisory Committee: Student Evaluation Sub-Committee
November 1, 2021-Present
Scholarships Committee
August 16, 2021-Present
BSW Advisory Committee
September 1, 2020-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Korean American Social Work Educator's Association
January 1, 2022-December 31, 2024