She completed her MSW at the University of South Carolina in 2013. She also has an MEd in Cross-Categorical Special Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011. In addition, she has a BA in Social Welfare from Chung-Ang University and a BS in Physics from DanKook University in South Korea. 


During the PhD program, she has co-authored seven manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, including the Gerontologist, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, and Journal of Death and Dying. In addition, she has presented 12 posters and papers at national conferences, including GSA and SSWR. She also has worked on quantitative methods research studies with Dr. Lehning and qualitative research studies with Dr. Kusmaul. Her dissertation explores the moving factors which make older adults move from their current residence and the effect of moving factors on the mental health of older adults through moving. She is currently completing her dissertation research with support from the Dissertation Grant from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.


Ji Hyang Cheon is well-equipped for teaching in the classroom and online. She completed coursework in pedagogy at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and trained at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). She served as a Teaching Assistant for Social Work Research by Dr. Hodorowicz and for Introduction to Social Work by Dr. Kusmaul. Also, she was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from the FCTL at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition, she taught a Social Work Research course independently. She is eager to teach foundation social work classes and courses on research methods in the context of social work practice. 


She has acted as a reviewer for the Journal of Death and Dying. She uses SPSS, Mplus, SAS, STATA, and the NVivo program.