Associate Professor
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University Hall 3139
(205) 934-8418

Research and Teaching Interests: Child abuse and neglect, child and family policy, fatherhood and involvement, young parenthood and child wellbeing

Office Hours: By appointment


  • BA, University of Michigan, Psychology and English Literature
  • MSW, University of Michigan, Community Organization, Community and Social Systems
  • PhD, Columbia University, Social Work

Dr. Lee's research focuses on child abuse and neglect, child and family policy, fatherhood and involvement, and young parenthood and families. Dr. Lee teaches the following courses at the UAB: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Welfare History, and Statistics for Social Work Research.

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  • Recent Courses Taught
    • SW 203: Social Welfare History
    • SW 313: Human Behavior and Social Environment I
    • SW 321: Statistics for Social Work Research
  • Select Publications
    • Chen, W-Y., Lee, Y. (2017). The impact of community violence, personal victimization and paternal support on maternal harsh parenting. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(3), 380-395.
    • Lee, Y., Fagan, J., Icard, L. (2017). Nonresidential fathers with children in foster care: A descriptive study in the United States. Child & Family Social Work.
    • L. Icard, Jay Fagan, Yookyong Lee, S. Rutledge, "Father’s involvement in the lives of children in foster care," Child & Family Social Work (accepted).
    • Jay Fagan and Yookyong Lee, "Longitudinal associations among father’s perception of coparenting, partner relationships quality, and paternal stress during early childhood," Family Process 53 (No. 1, 2014): 80-96.
    • Jay Fagan and Yookyong Lee, "Explaining the association between adolescent parenting and preschoolers’ school readiness: A risk perspective," Journal of Community Psychology 41 (No. 6, 2013): 692-708.
    • Yookyong Lee, "Adolescent motherhood and capital: Interaction effects of race/ethnicity on harsh parenting," Journal of Community Psychology 41 (No. 1, 2013): 102-16.
    • Jay Fagan and Yookyong Lee, "Effects of fathers’ early risk and resilience on paternal engagement with five-year-olds," Family Relations 61 (No. 5, 2012): 878-92.
    • Jay Fagan and Yookyong Lee, "Effects of fathers’ and mothers’ cognitive stimulation and household income on toddlers’ cognition: Variations by family structure and child risk," Fathering 10 (No. 2, 2012): 140-58.
    • Hyeouk Chris Hahm, Eric Kolaczyk, Yookyong Lee, Jisun Jang, Lisa Ng, "Are Asian-American women who were maltreated as children at higher likelihood for HIV risk behaviors and adverse mental health outcomes?" Women’s Health Issues 22 (No. 1, January-February 2012): e35-e43.
    • Yookyong Lee, Jay Fagan, and Wan-Yi Chen, "Do late adolescent fathers have more depressive symptoms than older fathers?" Journal of Youth & Adolescence 41 (No. 10, 2012): 1366-81.
    • Jay Fagan and Yookyong Lee, "Do coparenting and social support have a greater effect on adolescent fathers than adult fathers?" Family Relations 60 (No. 3, 2011): 309-23.