The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Sunha Choi, PhD

Sunha Choi, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor
Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar


Dr. Sunha Choi is an Assistant Professor with the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She received her MSW and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. Her past and present research has uncovered disparities in health and healthcare among older foreign-born individuals and identified more vulnerable sub-groups of foreign-born older adults, highlighting the importance of considering heterogeneity within this minority population. As a Visiting Scholar at the Atlanta Census Research Data Center, she has expanded her research agenda to examine how county- and state-level contextual characteristics, such as policy and healthcare resources, also affect older foreign-born individuals’ health behaviors. Her studies have been supported by funding from the Fahs-Beck Faculty Grant Program, the Silberman Faculty Grant Program, and the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Program. Four of her manuscripts have received awards from professional organizations, such as the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).


  • MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
  • PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Aging; Health and mental health service utilization; Late-life immigrants; Depression among older adults

Courses Taught:

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment (SW314 )
  • Social Work Research I (SW410)
  • Honors Social Work Research (SW417)
  • Honors Integrative Seminar (SW467)
  • Foundation Research (SW519)
  • Evidence-Based Practice with Older Adults (SW572)



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