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University Hall 3139
(205) 934-8418

Research and Teaching Interests: Aging, child abuse and neglect, child and family policy, caregiving, community violence exposure, fatherhood and involvement, people with HIV (PWH), young parenthood and family 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 recent research focuses on caregiving, aging, and people with HIV (PWH). Dr. Lee teaches the following courses at the UAB: SW 207 Racism, Sexism, and Other Isms, SW 315 Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and SW 321 Statistics for Social Work Research.

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  • Recent Courses
    • SW 207 Racism, Sexism, and Other Isms
    • SW 315 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    • SW 321 Statistics for Social Work Research
  • Select Publications
    • Vance, D. E., Lee, Y., Batey, D. S., Li, W., Lambert-Chapman, C., Nakkina, S. R., Anderson, J. N., Byun, J. Y., & Fazeli, P. L. (2021). Emerging directions of Neurocognitive aging with HIV: Research and practice implications for social work. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2021.1978028.
    • Lee, Y., Walton, R., Lindsey, J., & Batey, D. S. (2021). Community-level factors and HIV health among older people living with HIV (PWLH) in Alabama, United States: A qualitative analysis. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 32(5), 589-598. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000214.
    • Lee, Y., Batey, D. S., Clary, O. J., Emlet, C. A., Fazeli, P. L., & Vance, D. E. (2021). Older Caregivers with HIV: An Unrecognized Gap in the Literature. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 32(1), 29-36. doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000180.
    • Chen, W.-Y., & Lee, Y. (2021). Mothers’ exposure to domestic and community violence and its association with toddler’s behavioral outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22508.
    • Kay, E. S., Lee, Y., Hauenstein, K., Jackson, L., Jackson, E., Fordham, M., Rafferty, N., DeRamus, R., Walton, R., Mugavero, M. J., & Batey, D. S. (2020). “Where people are safe in their own homes”: The interplay of community factors and health among people living with HIV in the Deep South. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 19(2), 156-172. doi:10.1080/1581501.2020.1765225.
    • Camacho, D., Lee, Y., Lukens, E., Bhattacharya, A., & Kimberly, L. (2019). High life satisfaction: Exploring the role of health, social integration and violence among Mexican midlife and older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2019.1621975.
    • 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.