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Jaehee Yi, PhD

Languages spoken: Spanish, Korean

Academic Information

Departments: Social Work - Assistant Professor

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Commercial Energy Use
  • Nucleic Acid Structure or Function
Jaehee Yi, PhD, is an assistant professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Yi's research focus is cancer survivorship and the impact of cancer on individuals and families. She examines how social aspects such as stigma, social networks, and survivor identities affect this group. Her goal is to enhance survivors' quality of life. For future research, she plans to continue studying young adult cancer survivorship and expand her research internationally. Currently, Yi is conducting a study on cancer survivorship in South Korea.

Yi earned the title Dean's Scholar at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she received a PhD in social work. She received a masters degree in social work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Research Statement

I am interested in researching the questions centering around the impact of traumas and stigma on individuals and families in the cultural context. Psychosocial oncology is one of the main areas that I have been researching, looking at cancer as a medical trauma. Childhood and adolescent cancer survivors, their siblings and parents, grieving parents and families, and psychooncology service providers are the populations that I focus on. I also research the issues around gender and sexual identity and how they affect their psychosocial life.

Selected Publications

  1. Jaehee Yi (01/05/2022). Futures of Friendship [Social Work Health Futures Lab]. Social Work Health Futures Lab. Available:
  2. Minah Kim (09/22/2021). Change in relationships in bereaved families: Perspectives of mothers who lost a child to cancer. Omega (Westport).
  3. Chung EB (05/18/2021). Pandemic priorities: The impact of South Korea’s COVID-19 policies on vulnerable populations. .
  4. Jaehee Yi (05/06/2021). Marital conflicts as perceived by mothers of a child with cancer in Korea.
  5. Kim MA (05/01/2021). Changes in life experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemics in South Korea. . Disabil Health J.
  6. Jaehee Yi (03/31/2021). What makes oncologists feel compassion fatigue? Qualitative findings from Korea. Sage Open.
  7. Kim MA (03/10/2021). A qualitative study on parents' concerns about adult children with intellectual disabilities amind the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil.
  8. Kim MA (03/08/2021). A Photovoice Study: The life experiences of middle-aged adults with intellectual disabilities in Korea. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil.
  9. Kim MA (01/2021). The Impact of Compassion Fatigue on the Well-Being of Oncology Social Workers in Korea.
  10. Yi J (06/26/2020). Oncologists' experience of delivering bad news in Korea. Omega (Westport).
  11. Jaehee Yi (11/04/2019). Compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue among medical social workers in Korea: the role of empathy. Soc Work Health Care.
  12. Kim MA (08/16/2019). A photovoice study on the bereavement experience of mothers after the death of a child. Death Studies. Death Stud.
  13. Kim MA (08/08/2019). Parenting changes of mothers of a child with cancer. J Fam Issues.
  14. Kim MA (07/14/2019). Bereavement service needs among mothers who lost a child to cancer. .
  15. Kim MA (07/03/2019). Oncology health care providers service needs for reducing compassion fatigue.
  16. Jaehee Yi (03/26/2019). How do they grow out of their cancer experience? Korean adolescent and young adult cancer survivors' stories. Ethn Health.
  17. Jaehee Yi (11/2018). Pediatric oncology social workers' experience of compassion fatigue. J Psychosoc Oncol.
  18. Min Ah Kim (10/2018). Perceived benefits and challenges of psychosocial service uses for adolescents and young survivors of childhood cancer. 38(3), 247-278.
  19. Minah Kim (08/2018). The language for individuals with childhood cancer and their social identities. 60, 91-134.
  20. Jaehee Yi (05/2018). When does compassion fatigue hit social workers? Caring for oncology patients in Korea.
  21. Yi J (02/2018). Why did I get cancer? Perceptions of childhood cancer survivors in Korea. 57, 300-314.
  22. Min Ah Kim (01/2018). The effects of individual and network-level factors on discussion of cancer experiences: survivors of childhood cancer in Korea. J Psychosoc Oncol, 36, 31-48.
  23. Minah Kim (01/2018). The Impact of a Child’s Cancer on the Father’s Relationship with His Spouse in Korea. J Child Fam Stud, 27(1), 166-175.
  24. Kim MA (01/2018). Experiences of Peer Exclusion and Victimization, Cognitive Functioning, and Depression Among Adolescent Cancer Survivors in South Korea. . Am J Orthopsychiatry.
  25. Minah Kim (06/2017). Coping Strategies and Health-related Quality of Life among Korean Childhood CAncer Survivors. 37(3), 343-367.
  26. Jaehee Yi (12/28/2016).
  27. Anne Kirchhoff (12/27/2016).
  28. Jaehee Yi (12/05/2016).
  29. Min Ah Kim (11/28/2016).
  30. Kim MA Yi J Sang J Kim SH Heo I (11/01/2016). Experiences of Korean mothers of children with cancer: A photovoice study. J Psychosoc Oncol, 1-20.
  31. Jaehee Yi (10/01/2016).
  32. Jaehee Yi (08/01/2016).
  33. Jaehee Yi (07/01/2016).
  34. Smits-Seemann RR (07/01/2016).
  35. Yi J Kim MA An S (06/01/2016). The Experiences of Korean Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Photovoice Study. Qual Health Res, 26, 1044-54.
  36. Jaehee Yi (05/01/2016).
  37. Jaehee Yi (04/01/2016).
  38. Yi J Kim MA Sang J (03/01/2016). Worries of childhood cancer survivors in young adulthood. 21, 113-9.
  39. Min Ah Kim (03/01/2016).
  40. Jaehee Yi (07/2015).
  41. Jaehee Yi (07/2015).
  42. Jaehee Yi (06/2014).
  43. Yi J, Kim MA, Tian T (2014). Perceived long-term and physical health problems after cancer: adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer in Korea. Eur J Oncol Nurs, 18(2), 145-50.
  44. Kim MA (03/2014).
  45. Jaehee Yi (02/2014).
  46. Kim MA (02/2014).
  47. Jaehee Yi (01/2014).
  48. Jaehee Yi (12/2013).
  49. Rhee MK (08/2013).
  50. Kim KH (08/2013).
  51. Jaehee Yi (06/2013).
  52. Kim MA (06/2013).
  53. Kim MA, Yi J (2013). Psychological distress in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer in Korea. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs, 30(2), 99-108.
  54. Kim MA (12/2012).
  55. Jaehee Yi (12/2012).
  56. Jaehee Yi (12/2012). .
  57. Yi J (02/2012).
  58. Kirchhoff A (02/2012).
  59. Yi J (02/2012).
  60. Kim MA (01/2012).
  61. Jaehee Yi (12/2010).
  62. Yi J (06/2010). [Review].
  63. Jaehee Yi (06/2010). [Review].
  64. Yi J (01/2010).
  65. Yi J, Zebrack B (2010). Self-portraits of families with young adult cancer survivors: using photovoice. J Psychosoc Oncol, 28(3), 219-43.
  66. Brown S (11/2009).
  67. Lim JW, Yi J (2009). The effects of religiosity, spirituality, and social support on quality of life: a comparison between Korean American and Korean breast and gynecologic cancer survivors. Oncol Nurs Forum, 36(6), 699-708.
  68. Yi J (2009). Cultural influences on the survivorship of families affected by childhood cancer: a case for using family systems theories. [Review]. Fam Syst Health, 27(3), 228-36.
  69. im JW (08/2009).
  70. Yi J (07/2009).
  71. Brown SL, Smith DM, Schulz R, Kabeto MU, Ubel PA, Poulin M, Yi J, Kim C, Langa KM (2009). Caregiving behavior is associated with decreased mortality risk. Psychol Sci, 20(4), 488-94.
  72. Zebrack BJ, Yi J, Petersen L, Ganz PA (2008). The impact of cancer and quality of life for long-term survivors. Psychooncology, 17(9), 891-900.
  73. Yi J (07/2008). [Review].
  74. Lim JW, Yi J, Zebrack B (2008). Acculturation, social support, and quality of life for Korean immigrant breast and gynecological cancer survivors. Ethn Health, 13(3), 243-60.
  75. Yi J (05/2008). [Review].
  76. Zebrack BJ (03/2008).
  77. Lim JW (02/2008).
  78. Jaehee Yi (06/2005).

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