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Shinwoo Choi

Assistant Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Diversity in Social Work, Immigrants' Psychological Well-Being, Research Methods, Disaster Management among Vulnerable & Diverse Populations 


Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 

MSSW, Columbia University, 2011

BA Psychology, McGill University, 2009


Dr. Choi received a PhD in social work from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned the MSSW from Columbia University with a concentration of policy practice. Dr. Choi has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Canada.


Dr. Choi's research and teaching interests are on diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency in social work. She is interested in the effects of perceived racial discrimination including racial microaggressions on racial minority immigrants psychological well-being and their coping strategies. Dr. Choi aims to further investigate the role of racial/ethnic identity as a coping factor and also explore the gendered racial microaggressions among racial minority male and female students. She is also interested in mezzo-level social work practice in order to decrease the incidence of racial discrimination and promote diversity in given settings such as schools, university campus, and/or work places.


In addition to her research and teaching experiences, Dr.Choi has various practice experiences such as a coordinator of a Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (GCBT) for depressed immigrant mothers and a clinical research coordinator of health disparities projects.


Currently Dr. Choi is an assistant professor of social work. She joined the faculty at the University of North Florida in August 2017.



Nominee for the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2020 Faculty Association, University of North Florida

Community Scholar Chohort of 2019-2020, Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL), UNF

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Dissertation Research Grant, UIUC,  2016

Daniel Sanders International Fellowship, UIUC, 2014

Annual SNUAA Chicago Scholarship, IL, 2013

Graduate College Conference Travel Awards, UIUC, 2012-2017


  • Journal of Mental Health and Social Behaviour, Editor 
  • American Public Health Association, member
  • Society for Social Work and Research, member
  • National Association of Social Workers, member

Grants and Contracts Awarded


Role. Co-PI. “Case Study of Rapid Response Research Projects in International Context” Source: Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). Amount: $15,000 for 2020.


Role. PI. “Disaster and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community: Needs Assessment through the Voices of Florida Residents” Source: Academic Affairs Faculty Development Grant Program. Amount: $7,500 for 2019.


Role. PI. “Needs Assessment for the Emergency Management among Vulnerable and Diverse Populations in the Jacksonville Community” Source: College of Arts and Science Dean’s Leadership Council Faculty Fellowship Award, University of North Florida. Amount: $4,000 for 2018-2019.


Role: PI. “Refugee Integration and Comparative Analysis of International Refugee Policies” Source: Ministry of Safety and Interior, South Korea. Amount: $12,000 for 2018-2019.  

Publications & Presentations

Peer Reviewed Articles


Choi, S.,Weng, S., Park, H., & Hong, J. (2020). Countereffects of Ethnic and Racial Identity (ERI) as a buffer against perceived racial discrimination among Asian immigrants. Smith College Studies of Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2020.1716598.


Choi, S., Weng, S., Park, H., & Kim, Y. (2020). Effects of Asian immigrants’ group membership in the association between perceived racial discrimination and psychological well-being: The interplay of immigrants’ generational status, age, and ethnic subgroup. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2020.1712569.


Weng, S., & Choi, S. (2019). Examining refugee integration: Perspective of community members. Journal of Refugee Studies, 0(0). DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fez049/5532155.


Park, H., Zhan, M., & Choi, S. (2019). Associations between after-school arrangement and labour conditions of low-income working mothers in the United States.  Journal of Family Studies.DOI:10.1080/13229400.2019.1588142.


Tabb, K., Huang, H., & Choi, S. (2019). Motivated by a Mandate: a university-clinic partnership to develop a perinatal depression registry at a community based hospital in the Midwest. Social Work and Social Welfare. DOI: 10.25082/SWSW/2019/01/001.


Choi, S. Lewis, J.A., Harwood, S.A., Mendenhell, R., & Huntt, M.B. (2016). Is Ethnic Identity a Buffer? Exploring the Relations Between Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Individuals. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2016.1263815


Tabb, K., Larrison, C. Choi, S., Huang, H. (2015) Disparities in Health Service Use and Access to Care Among Multiracial Young Adults in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0289-7.


Tabb, K.M., Choi, S., Pineros-Leano, M., Meline, B., McGonald, H.G., Kester, R., & Huang, H. (2015). Perinatal depression screening in a Women Infants and Children (WIC) program:Perception of feasibility and acceptability among a multi-disciplinary staff. General Hospital Psychiatry, 37(4), 305-9. DOI: 10.1016.j.genhosppsych.2015.03.008.


Hong, J.S.,Davis, J.P., Sterzing, P.R., Yoon, J., Choi, S., & Smith, D.C. (2014). A conceptual
framework for understanding the association between school bullying victimization and
substance misuse. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(6), 696-710. DOI: 10.1037/ort000036.


Hong, J.S., Peguero, A.A., Choi, S, Lanesskog, D, Espelage, D.L., & Lee, N.Y. (2013). Social ecology of bullying and peer victimization of Latino and Asian youth in the United States: A review of the literature. Journal of School Violence, 13(3), 315-338.DOI:10.1080.15388220.2013.856013.


Book Chapters (Peer Reviewed)

Piedra, L.M., Choi, S. & Park, H. (2012). Debate Topic: Population Growth (Counterpoint). In Gans, J., Replogle, E.M., & Tichenor, D.J. (Eds.), SAGE Debates on U.S. Immigration. Thousand Oaks, CA.: SAGE Publications, Inc.


Book Review 

Choi, S. (2018). "The Social Organizations of South Asian Immigrant Women’s Mothering Work". [Book review]. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.


Published Reports

Harwood, S.A., Choi, S., Orozco, M., Browne Huntt, M., Mendenhall, R. (Mar., 2015). Racial
Microaggressions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Voices of Color in the
Classroom. Urbana, IL


Selected Presentations


Billiot, S., Leytham-Powell, T., Kwon, S., & Choi, S. Indigenous people, environmental change, and mental health: Systematic Review. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Dublin, Ireland. July, 2018.


Choi,S. Sense of Belonging as a Mediator of Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Students. Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium (STARS) Junior Faculty Poster Competition. University of North Florida. Jacksonville, Florida. April, 2018.


Choi, S. Lewis, J.A., Harwood, S.A., Mendenhell, R. & Huntt, M.B. Is Ethnic Identity a Buffer? Exploring the Relations Between Racial Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms Among Asian American Individuals. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference. New Orleans, LA. January 2017.


Choi, S. Lin, C.H., & Lee, M. Systematic Review of School Based Services for Racial Minority Students. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference.Washington, D.C. January 2016.


Choi, S. Piedra, L.M., & Byoun, S-J. Lessons from the Nursery: A Case Study of Childcare in an Intervention Study. Poster Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference. Washington, D.C. January 2016.


Choi, S., Tabb, K., & Kam, J. Ethnic Identification As a Protective Factor for Latino Early
Adolescents Experiencing Perceived Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms. Poster
Presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Conference. Washington, D.C.January 2016.


Choi, S. Gendered racial microaggressions towards female Asian American college students at a Midwest university. Fourth Biennial International Symposium. Urbana, IL. October 2015.


Choi, S. Racial Microaggressions Towards Asian American College Students and Their Gender Specific Experiences. In Jioni Lewis (Chair), Expanding the Field of Multicultural Psychology:Interdisciplinary Research on the Intersection of Racial and Gender Microaggressions.Symposium presented to the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, GA. January 2015.


Contact Information

Building 0004, Room 2615

(904) 620-2850