School of Health Sciences Social Work

Soonhee Roh

Soonhee Roh
Assistant Professor
Social Work, School of Health Sciences
UMS Lee Med/Sanford School of Medicine 365
Phone: 605-357-1593
Bio:
Dr. Roh received her doctoral degree in Social Work from the New York University in 2010. Dr. Roh was awarded John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship from 2008 to 2010, Internal Grants for New Faculty Research and Creative Activity FY2013, Seed Grants of School of Health Sciences of University of South Dakota, and sub- awarded the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under award number U54MD008164 (by Elliott) . Dr. Roh has over 10 years of experience as a social work practitioner.
Teaching Interests:
Social work research and mental health. Social work with older adults. Direct practice and intervention skills in social work. Human behavior in the social environment and personality theories in the social context.
Research Interests:
Dr. Roh's areas of interest include positive adaptation in aging, health disparities, telemedicine intervention, and minority mental health and service utilization.
Education:
  • Fellowship-Sanford Geriatric Education Center Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics (FDPE), Ethnogeriatrics , Sanford Geriatric Education Center , 2013
  • Ph D, Social Work, New York University Silver School of Social Work, 2010
  • MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work, 2000
  • M.Div, Alliance Theological Seminary, 1998
  • MA, Social Work, SoongSil University, 1990
  • BA, Social Welfare, Sungkyul University, 1988
Research:
  • Diabetic Literacy among American Indians, The University of South Dakota
  • International Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
  • South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
Grants:
  • Determinants of Care & Life Quality in American Indian Women with Cervical Cancer, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under award number U54MD008164 (by Elliott) , (2014 - 2015)
  • Community based participatory research: Assessing general well-being of American Indian Older Adults in South Dakota , University of South Dakota, (2013 - 2014)
  • Smart Home Technology Facilitates Telehealth & Independence, USD Governor's Technology Funds, (2012 - 2013)
  • Mental health literacy among rural older adults, University of South Dakota, (2012 - 2013)
Publications:
  • Roh, S., Brown-Rice, K., Lee, K., Lee, Y., Lawler, M. J., Martin, J. I., Stressors, Coping Resources, and Depression among American Indian Older Adults, Social Work in Public Health.
  • Cho, S., Park, S., Bernstein, K., Roh, S., Jeon, G., (2014), Socio-demographic and health behavioral correlates of depressive symptoms among Korean Americans, Community Mental Health Journal. , vol. 50, iss. 8. (DOI: 10.1007/s10597-014-9802)
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Carr, E., Predictors of Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Rural Communities of the United States, Child Indicators Research. (DOI: 10.1007/s12187-014-9287-x)
  • Roh, S., Lee, Y., Porter, J. A., Pope, N., Contributing Factors of Depressive Symptoms Among Rural Older Adults in South Dakota, Journal of Sociology and Social Work.
  • Roh, S., Brown-Rice, K., Pope, N. D., Lee, K., Lee, Y., Newland, L., Depression Literacy Among American Indian Older Adults, Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.
  • Roh, S., Burnette, C., Lee, K., Lee, Y., Martin, J., Lawler, M., (2014), Predicting help-seeking attitudes toward mental health services among American Indian older adults: Is Andersen’s behavioral model a good fit?, Journal of Applied Gerontology. (DOI: 10.1177/0733464814558875)
  • Roh, S., Burnette , C., Lee, K., Lee, Y., Eaton, S., Lawler, M., (2014), Risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms among American Indian older adults: Adverse childhood experiences and social support., Aging and Mental Health. . (DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2014.938603)
  • Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Lawler, M. J., Carr, E. R., Dykstra, E. A., Roh, S., (2014), Subjective well-being for children in a rural community , Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, iss. 5, pp. 642-661. (DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2014.917450)
  • Roh, S., Lee, Y., Lee, K., Schibusawa, T., Yoo, G. J., Friends, Depressive symptoms, and Life Satisfaction among Older Korean Americans, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health .
  • Roh, S., Lee, Y., Lee, J., Martin, J., (2014), Typology of religiosity/spirituality in relation to perceived health, depression, and life satisfaction among older Korean immigrants, Aging and Mental Health, vol. 18, iss. 4, pp. 444-453. (DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2013.848837 )
  • Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. ., Molinari, V., Roh, S., Park, Y., Kwon, S., Cha, H., , (2014), Telecounseling for the Linguistically Isolated: A Pilot Study with Older Korean Immigrants, The Gerontologist, vol. 54, iss. 2, pp. 290-296. (DOI: doi:10.1093/geront/gns196)
  • Ko, E., Roh, S., Higgins, D., (2013), Do older Korean immigrants engage in end-of-life communication?, Educational Gerontology, vol. 39, iss. 8, pp. 613-622.
  • Bernstein, K., Cho, S., Cho, S., Roh, S., , (2013), Logo-Autobiography and its effectiveness on depressed Korean immigrant women: A replication study, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, vol. 3, iss. 6, pp. 51-60.
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Melmer, R., , , (2013), Yankton School District: Results from the South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being (SDSCWeB) .
  • Cho, S., Bernstein, K., Chen, D., Roh, S., (2013), Logo-autobiography and its effects on Korean-American women suffering from depression, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, vol. 24, iss. 1, pp. 33-42.
  • Park, J., Roh, S., , (2012), Daily spiritual experiences, social support, and depression among elderly Korean immigrants, Aging and Mental Health, vol. Online first. (DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2012.715138)
  • Jang, Y., Park, N., Cho, S., Roh, S., Chiriboga, D., , (2012), Diabetes and depressive symptoms in Korean American older adults: The mediating role of subjective perception of health, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice., vol. 97, iss. 3, pp. 432-437.
  • Park, J., Roh, S., Yeo, Y., (2012), Religiosity, social support, and life satisfaction among elderly Korean immigrants. , The Gerontologist, vol. 52, iss. 5, pp. 641-649. (DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnr103)
  • Jang, Y., Park, N., Kim, G., Kwag, K., Roh, S., Chiriboga, D. A., , (2012), The association between self-rated mental health and symptoms of depression in Korean American older adults, Aging & Mental Health, vol. 16, pp. 481-485. (DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2011.628981)
  • Roh, S., Lee, K., Yoon, D., (2012), General well-being for Korean immigrant elders: The significance of religiousness, spirituality, and social support, Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 38, iss. 5, pp. 1-15. (DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2012.709451)
  • Roh, S., Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D., Kwag, K., Cho, S., Bernstein, K., (2011), Perceived neighborhood context affecting physical and mental health: A study with Korean American older adults in New York City, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 97, iss. 3, pp. 432-437. (DOI: doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9492-3)
  • Lee, H., Roh, S., Vang, S., Jin, S., (2011), The Contribution of culture to Korean-American women’s cervical cancer screening behavior: The Critical role of prevention orientation., Ethnicity & Disease, vol. 21, iss. 4, pp. 399-405.
Awards and Honors:
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health , NIH, 2014
  • Junior Career Achievement Award, Korean American Social Work Educators Association affiliated by Council on Social Work Education, 2013
  • Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health- Pilot Grants Program, National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities under Award Number U54MD008164, 2013
  • Seed Grants of School of Health Sciences, University of South Dakota, 2013
  • Internal Grants for New Faculty Research and Creative Activity FY2013, University of South Dakota, 2012
  • 9th Annual Institute on Aging and Social Work (2012-2013), National Institute on Aging, 2012
  • Fellowship , Stanford Geriatric Education Center , 2012
  • NIA grants technical assistance workshop, NIA, 2011
Presentations:
  • Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Lawler, M. J., Roh, S., Carr, E. (2015, March). Individual and contextual predictors of subjective well-being in fifth graders. Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lawler, M. J., Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Carr, E., Roh, S. (2015, March). Individual and contextual predictors of subjective well-being in seventh graders. Presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Roh, S. (2014, November). Risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms among American Indian older adults: Adverse childhood experiences and social support. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America ., Washington, DC.
  • Roh, S. (2014, November). Spirituality, social support, and life satisfaction among American Indian older adults. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America , Washington, DC..
  • Roh, S. (2014, October). Moderating Effects of Religious Support and Social Network Support on Depression . Presented at the Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Tampa, FL.
  • Roh, S. (2014, October). Stressors, coping resources, and depression among American Indian older adults. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Tampa, FL..
  • Roh, S. (2014, July). Depression literacy among American Indian older adults in USA. Presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Roh, S. (2014, July). Elder mistreatment in Chinese and Korean American Families in the USA: An ecological and culturally sensitive theoretical framework for clinical practice. . Presented at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Roh, S., Brown-Rice, K., Lawler, M. J. (2014, March). Predictors of Depressive Symptoms among American Indian Older Adults. Presented at the 3rd Annual School of Health Sciences Research Day, Vermillion, South Dakota.
  • Giger, J. T., Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Roh, S., Carr, E. (2014, March). Internet Access among Rural Children: A Multiple Logistic Regression Analysis. Presented at the 3rd School of Health Sciences Research Day, Vermillion, SD.
  • Roh, S. (2014, March). Preferences for communication about serious illness among Korean American and Korean older adults. . Presented at the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly, Sandi ego, CA.
  • Lawler, M. J., Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Carr, E. R. (2013). Children’s subjective well-being: What children think of their own lives. Presented at the FICE Congress, Berne, Switzerland.
  • Roh, S. (2013, October). Mental health among Korean immigrants. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), dallas, tx.
  • Roh, S. (2013, October). Religiosity and social support: Optimal variable selection predictors of depression among older Korean immigrants. . Presented at the CSWE, Dallas, TX.
  • Roh, S., Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. A., Cho, S., Bernstein, K., (2013, June). Perceived Neighborhood Environment on Health and Depression . Presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics , Seoul, Korea.
  • Roh, S., Lee, Y., Lee, J., Lawler, M. J., Talbot, E., Lee, K., Yoon, D., (2013, June). Religiosity Patterns among Older Korean Immigrants in U.S.: A Latent Profile Analysis. Presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics , Seoul, Korea.
  • Giger, J. T., Newland, L., Roh, S., Lawler, M. J. (2013, May). Predicting Child Well-Being in a Rural U.S. Sample. Presented at the International Society for Child Indicators, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Park, S., Roh, S., Lawler, M. J., (2012, November). The Interaction Effects of Religious Support and Social Support on Depression among Korean-American Older Adults. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, San Diego.
  • Lawler, M. J., Newland, L., Melmer, R., Giger, J. T., Roh, S. (2012, November). International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCWeB) pilot data. Presented at the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCWeB)- UNICEF meeting, UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, Florence, Italy.
  • Roh, S., Talbot, E., Lawler, M. J., (2012, April). Spirituality, Social Support, and Depression among Korean Immigrants Older Adults . Presented at the 1 st Annual School of Health Sciences Research Day, Vermilion.
  • Roh, S. (2012, January). Daily spiritual experiences, social support, and depression among elderly Korean immigrants. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research.
  • Roh, S. (2012, January). The role of stress and coping on the health of older adults residents in assisted living. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research.
  • Jang, Y., Kwag, K., Roh, S., , D. A., (2011, November). Does place matter? Objective and subjective neighborhood characteristics and health in Korean American older adults. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America, Boston.
  • Roh, S. (2011, November). Preferences for end-of-life treatment among Korean older adults. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America.
  • Roh, S. (2011, November). The effects of religion and social support on depression and life satisfaction among Korean American older adults. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America.
  • Roh, S. (2011, November). The Mediating Effect of Social Support on the relations between spirituality/religiousness and life satisfaction among elderly Korean immigrants.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America.
  • Roh, S. (2011, November). Acculturation and the health of Korean American older adults: The Geographic variations. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America.
  • Roh, S. (2011, October). Stress, coping, and health among olderadults in assisted living facilities . Presented at the Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education .
  • Roh, S. (2011, October). Religiousness, spirituality, and social support on depression among Korean American older adults. Presented at the the Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Roh, S. (2011, October). Preferences for communication about serious illness among Korean American older adults. Presented at the State Society on Aging.
  • Roh, S. (2010, October). Relationships among spirituality, religious practices, personality, and health among diverse faith traditions. Presented at the Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the Council on Social Work Education .