Yookyong Lee



Dr. Yookyong Lee is an associate professor and BSW program director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social Work. Dr. Lee received her BA and MSW from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.  Dr. Lee’s scholarly interests involve family and child policy, and she holds a particular concern for (1) fathers and their involvement and support to mothers and children; (2) young parenthood and well-being of their children (e.g., physical, mental, and developmental outcome), including the effects of exposure to community violence on parenting; (3) child welfare, especially foster care youth; and (4) HIV-infected and HIV-affected populations, a recently developed research theme. Dr. Lee is a member of a community-engaged research team that examines community factors affecting HIV health status. Moreover, using the Study of Asian American Families (SAAF), Drs. Gao, Lee, and Zhai research on the associations between childhood abuse history, beliefs in corporal punishment, other cultural norms and values, and harsh parenting among Asian-American parents. 


Research Interests

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Child and family policy 
  • Fatherhood and involvement
  • Young parenthood and child well-being
Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy