MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
MSW, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
BSW, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
Hyun-Jin Jun completed two MSW programs in Korea and in the U.S.A. (Washington University in St. Louis) and has extensive research and independent teaching experiences.
Behavioral health; Risk behaviors; Alcohol and other drug use; Problem an pathological gambling; Addiction; Gender differences; Life course development; Quantitative and qualitative methodology
Jun’s scholarly interests and activities are broadly focused on behavioral health and risk behaviors in general community population, which is inspired by a variety of research and social work intern experience. During her undergraduate education in Korea, Jun worked with patients with mental disorders both as a group program facilitator and as a medical social work intern in a hospital psychiatric department, which inspired her interest in behavioral health and risk behaviors. She is especially interested in mental health, alcohol and drug use, problem and pathological gambling among adolescents and adults. Her research goals include the effective prevention and interventions aiming to ameliorate the mental health issues and adverse consequences associated with risk behaviors.
Jun’s dissertation work focuses on investigating the relationships between depressive symptoms, antisocial behaviors, and alcohol use in early emerging adulthood as predictors of gambling behaviors in late emerging adulthood. Moreover, it also explores the gender differences regarding those relations by focusing specifically on a sample of emerging adults from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) data. Her dissertation research seeks to improve the understanding about the developmental process of those behaviors and to design appropriate intervention strategies to decrease the short-term and long-term adverse consequences of serious involvement in alcohol use and gambling.
Jun has been actively involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects since her master program. Her extensive research experience during her graduate education has given her a diverse set of training opportunities in advanced analytical methods and statistical software such as SAS, Mplus, and SPSS. She also has experience with mixed methods research design. Jun has published articles using advanced quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling [SEM]). In addition to methodological research training, Jun also has experience in implementation science, which exposed her to the research process of implementation science in the U.S. and to the real work of research by applying the knowledge gained from graduate-level courses.
Human Behavior and the Social Environment; Addictive Behaviors; Substance Use; Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups; Theories of Direct Social Work Practice; Research Methods
Jun has gained valuable teaching experience as a teaching assistant and instructor. She independently taught research method courses to Master students at UMB School of Social Work. Jun endeavors to bring a spirit of critical thinking and self-awareness to teaching, matched with an enthusiasm for social work practice and research. Her teaching interests include human behavior and the social environment, evidence-based practice, substance use and addictive behaviors, and quantitative research methods.