The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Sunha Choi, PhD

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


Dr. Sunha Choi received her MSW in 2000 and her PhD in 2007 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2011, Dr. Choi was selected as Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars (Cohort 10). She has devoted her scholarly efforts to enhancing the lives of vulnerable older adult populations and their access to health and mental health services.

Dr. Choi is a Visiting Scholar at the Atlanta Census Research Data Center and her recent funded projects focus on examining how individuals’ health service use behaviors are affected by the community’s contextual characteristics. Dr. Choi has published peer-reviewed articles in major journals in the field of social work, medical care, and gerontology, such as the Gerontologist, Medical Care, Social Work, and the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Before joining the faculty at the UT College of Social Work, she was an assistant professor at State University of New York at Binghamton.


  • 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)
  • Foundation Research (SW519)
  • Evidence-Based Practice with Older Adults (SW572)

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