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Brief Bio

Before beginning her PhD, Sukyung Yoon engaged in an intensive social work career for about 10 years as a licensed social worker in Seoul, South Korea. With a major in social work and a minor in statistics, she is currently completing her dissertation on protective factors against suicidal ideation among community-dwelling older adults who have experienced spousal or partner physical abuse, focusing on mediating and moderating effects.



  • BSW, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
  • MSW, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2019


Research Interests

  • Aging and health
  • Elder abuyse
  • The impact of exposure to violence across the lifespan
  • Protective factors against depression and suicide among older adults


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