Yookyong Lee



Dr. Yookyong Lee is an associate professor 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 recent scholarly interests involve HIV, aging, and caregiving. She holds a particular concern for those who are aging with HIV, caregivers with HIV, and HIV-infected and HIV-affected populations. Dr. Lee is a member of a community-engaged research team that examines community factors affecting HIV health status. Moreover, she researched father involvement, young parenthood, child abuse and neglect, the effects of exposure to community violence on parenting, as well as harsh parenting behavior among Asian-American parents with Drs. Gao and Zhai.

Research Interests

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