Dr. Youjung Lee (Assistant Professor of Social Work) earned her MSW and PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lee's research interests include gerontology, family caregiving, kinship care, interprofessional collaboration, and school mental health. She is currently researching grandparents raising grandchildren and the factors influencing their mental health. Dr. Lee is working with an interprofessional team to develop an interdisciplinary service model to meet the biopsychosocial needs of the intergenerational families and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education needs of the grandchildren. She also serves as Director of the Center for Family, School, and Community Partnerships, a division of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies.
- PhD, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
- MSW, University of Texas at Austin
- BA, Social Welfare, Sung Kyun Kwan University
Current Research Interests
- Positive aspect of dementia caregiving
- Minority family dementia caregivers and their mental health
- Resilience of minority older adults
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Lee, Y., & Blitz, L. V. (in press). We're GRAND: A qualitative design and development pilot project addressing the needs and strengths of grandparents raising grandchildren. Child & Family Social Work.
Lee, Y., Blitz, L. V., & Srnka, M. (in press). Understanding trauma in grandparent-headed multigenerational families. Families in Society.
Blitz, L. V., & Lee, Y. (in press). Trauma informed methods to enhance bully prevention initiatives: An emerging model. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma.
Gould, P. R., Lee, Y., Berkowitz, S., & Bronstein, L. R. (in press). Impact of a collaborative interprofessional learning experience upon medical and social work students. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Lee, Y., & Choi, S. (2013). Predictors of attitudes among Korean American dementia caregivers: Social network vs. satisfaction with social support. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 422-442. doi: 10.1177/0733464811431163
Lee, Y., & Yim, N.-Y. (2013). Korean American dementia caregivers' experience of a psychoeducational
support group: Investigation of role of culture. Social Work with
Groups, 36, 13-26. doi: 10.1080/01609513.2012.724214
Lee, Y., & Smith, L. (2012). Qualitative research on Korean American dementia caregivers' perception of caregiving: Heterogeneity between spouse caregivers and child caregivers. Journal Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22, 115-129. doi: 10.1080/10911359.2012.646840
Lee, Y., & Smith, L. (in press). Role of quality of social support among immigrant caregivers: Cultural adaptation using Ecological Validity Framework (EVF). In S. Chen (Ed.), Social Support, Gender and Culture, and Health Benefits. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publisher.
Greene, R. R., Lee, Y., & Cohen, H. (in press). Resiliency during older adulthood. In T. P. Gullotta, & M. Bloom (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion Part II. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.