Junghyae Lee, PhD

Research Associate
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Junghyae Lee has conducted several community-based studies with special concentrations on the prevention of children’s obesity in a low-income family, development of surveillance systems, evaluation of intervention programs, and application of statistical analysis methods for the effective utilization of clinical and community data.  Dr. Lee has taught multiple introductory courses in epidemiology and prevention sciences at the undergraduate level and advised graduate students for their public health practicum and capstone projects.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? 

My primary interest is developing an effective evaluation framework for various health intervention programs. As a prevention scientist, I am also interested in building a reliable intervention model that reduces health disparities across populations. For this purpose, I have a multidisciplinary approach that requires close collaborations with other scholars in different disciplines. Based on evidence-based findings from my research, I develop guidelines for the development and implementation of health policies. I believe my new career in Begun Center will provide a great opportunity to sharpen my research skills and knowledge of community- based interventions and program evaluations.

Research Information

Research Interests

Prevention of childhood obesity in school or community settings, urban and rural health disparities, community-based interventions.

Research Projects

2019 Research Associate for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Responsibilities include: Establishing a standard of patient-centered treatments for senior citizens to reduce oral health disparities. Evaluating the effectiveness of oral healthcare delivery in community-based settings  

2019 Research Associate for National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Responsibilities include: Reducing oral health disparities among Medicaid- enrolled children through multi-level behavioral (physician, nurse practitioner) interventions.    

2016 - 2018 Researcher for Summit County YMCA
Summit County YMCA project: “The Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH), grantee Summit YMCA


Lee, J., Hoornbeek, J., Oh, N., & Hallam, J. S. (2019). Can students be motivated to exercise through physical education class learning strategies? A multilevel analysis. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 6(3), 264-275. https://doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.6.3.6

Oh, N., & Lee, J. (2017). Activation and variation of the United Nation’s cluster coordination model: a comparative analysis of the Haiti and Japan disasters. Journal of Risk Research, 20(1), 41-60.https://doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2015.1017826