Research Team 

Principal Investigator 

Seung-Sup Kim MD, MPH, ScD

   Seung-Sup Kim is an assistant professor of epidemiology at Korea University, South Korea and a visiting scientist at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He received his MD from Yonsei University in Korea and his doctoral degree in occupational epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in USA. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow and professorial lecturer at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

   His current research focuses on social determinant of health, investigating health impact of adverse social experience such as discrimination, harassment, job insecurity, work-family conflict, and precarious employment. As a principal investigator, he has led several nationwide research about firefighter and medical intern/resident. Furthermore, his research includes health conditions of the minorities such as marriage immigrants and LGBTQI population in South Korea.

​Investigators 

Jooyoung Park MPH

   Jooyoung Park is a PhD student in health policy and management of Department of Public Health Sciences, Graduate School of Korea University. Jooyoung received her master's degree in public health from Berlin School of Public Health at Charite in Germany and obtained her bachelor's degree in children psychology and education from SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, Korea.

 

    She worked for health NGOs and health care workers' trade union. She also worked as a researcher for the Center for Health and Social Change, an independent progressive healthcare policy think tank in Korea just before joining the PhD course.

 

   She is interested in social determinant of health, investigating health impact of job insecurity and discrimination against sexual minorities. She conducted research titled “The right to Health of LGBT: global discussions and it's implication to Korea”(2012, CHSC issue paper), "Massive layoff and health : a study in SsangYong Motor workers"(2016, Health and Social Science), and “A systematic review of the relationship between non-standard employment and health in South Korea”(2016, Health and Social Welfare Review). Also, she participated research titled "Transgender People’s Access to Health Care in Korea"(2015, Health and Social Welfare Review).

Hyemin Lee MPH

   Hyemin Lee is an MPH graduate in epidemiology at Korea University, South Korea. She received her MPH from Korea University in July 2016 (Thesis title: Lookism hurts: Appearance discrimination and its association with poor self-rated health among emerging adulthood in South Korea).

 

   Her current research focuses on the minority health, especially LGBT people. She published two research papers on LGBT health in Korea: ”LGBTQI Health Research in South Korea: A Systematic Review”(2014), “Transgender People’s Access to Health Care in Korea”(2015) and is doing a qualitative research on medical accessibility among transgender people in Korea. She presented these papers at academic conferences including ‘Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research’(2015), ‘31th International Congress of Psychology’(2016). She participates in the Rainbow Connection Project I (LGB adults) as a researcher.

Horim Yi MSW

   Horim Yi is a PhD student in health policy and management of Department of Public Health Sciences, Graduate School of Korea University. Horim Yi received her master’s degree in social welfare from Department of Social Welfare, Seoul National University(Thesis: The effect of Minority Stress on the Mental Health of Sexual Minorities(LGB) in Korea), and obtained Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts(Women’s Studies) from Department of Law, Ewha Womans University.

 

   She have been actively working as an LGBT and HIV/AIDS human rights activist since 2011 in many organizations; Korea Queer Culture Festival(2011-2012), Seoul LGBT Film Festival(2011-2012), Solidarity for HIV/AIDS Human Rights of Korea Nanuri+(2011-2014), and Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea(2011-current). She is currently a Co-chair of Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea and an executive board member of LGBTQ Youth Crisis Support Center “DDingdong”.

 

   Her research focuses mainly on LGBT health. She published an research paper: “Transgender People’s Access to Health Care in Korea(2015, Health and Social Welfare Review), and participated research projects: “A Qualitative Study on Transgender and Gender Non-Confirming Youths in Korea”(2013) sponsored by Seoul National University Human Rights Center and “A Qualitative Study on the Life-history Study on Korean Gay Men Living with HIV/AIDS in their 40-60” sponsored by Beautiful Foundation. She participates in the Rainbow Connection Project I (LGB adults) as a researcher.

Bokyoung Choi BSN

   Bokyoung Choi is an MPH student in health policy and management of Department of Public Health Sciences, Graduate School of Korea University. She received Bachelor of Science in Nursing from College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University. She has participated in social movement focusing on health and human rights; Coalition of Medical & Public Health Student 'Knot'(2009-2013) & Public Health Team of People's Solidarity for Social Progress(2013-current). 

   Her current research focuses on precarious work and health, discrimination and health, and LGBT health. She participated an research titled "Massive layoff and health : a study in SsangYong Motor workers"(2016, Health and Social Science) and worked as an research assistant in <Evaluation Study on the Support for the Student Survivors and Their Family of the Sewol Ferry Disaster>(2016, Special Investigation Commission on 4/16 Sewol Ferry Disaster). She currently participates in the Rainbow Connection Project I (LGB adults) as a researcher.