Jihee Woo is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her BA in English Literature and BS in Political Science from Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. She then received a Fulbright scholarship to earn her MSW with a concentration in direct practice mental health at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completion of her MSW, she worked with children and families in poverty as a program manager in the Philippines. Afterwards, she joined a research institute in Korea to work on research projects on poverty and public assistance policies.
Jihee’s research interests primarily involve promoting individual and family well-being. More specifically, she is interested in exploring how low wages and other working conditions of low-wage work influence worker well-being. She currently works on the Pittsburgh Wage Study investigating the lives of low-wage workers and the impact of wage increases on their and their families’ well-being. Her dissertation furthers this line of research by both examining the myriad factors that impinge on the health of low-wage workers, such as material hardship and work-family conflict, and addressing ways to promote their health.
Woo, J., Ballentine, K., Shook, J., Engel, R., & Goodkind, S. (In press). Relationships among material hardships, perceived stress, and health among low-wage hospital workers. Health and Social Work.
Ballentine, K.L. & Woo, J. (in press). A structural equation model of emotional labor, work-home interaction, and well-being. Social Work Research.
Woo, J. & Choi, H. (in press). What Role Do Different Types of Social Support Play in Life Satisfaction Among Korean Older Adults in Retirement? Innovation in Aging.
Lee, D. H., & Woo, J. (Forthcoming). Factors to mental health service utilization among Korean Americans. In Yoon, A (Eds.), Understanding Korean Americans’ Mental Health: A Guide to Culturally Competent Practices, Program Developments, and Policies. Lexington Books.
Woo, J. & Choi, H. (2020, November). What role do different types of social support play in life satisfaction among Korean older adults in retirement? [Paper presentation]. Gerontological Society of America 75th Annual Scientific Meeting.
Woo, J., Ballentine, K., Engel, R., Shook, J., & Goodkind, S. (2020, November). Relationships among material hardships, perceived stress, and health among low-wage workers [Paper presentation]. CSWE 66th Annual Program Meeting.
Woo, J. & Choi, H. (2020, November). Pre-retirees’ financial profiles, retirement savings, and well-being in retirement: A path analysis [Poster presentation]. CSWE 66th Annual Program Meeting.
Woo, J. & Ballentine, K. (2020). More money? More problems? Good jobs do not prevent workers` stress from spilling over to their health [Paper presentation]. Work Family Research Network 5th Conference.
Ballentine, K. & Woo, J. (2020). A qualitative study of work-family interaction among low-income hospital workers with a “high road” employer. In Henly J. R. (Chair), Bringing new perspectives to the understanding of work hour interferences with family life [Symposium]. Work Family Research Network 5th Conference.
Ballentine, K. & Woo, J. (2020, January). Using structural equation modeling to understand the pathway between work-home interaction and well-being among social worker [Paper presentation]. Society for Social Work and Research 24th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Woo, J., Shook, J., & Goodkind, S. (2020, January). Low-wage workers’ perceptions of their union: variation within unionized workers [Poster presentation]. Society for Social Work and Research 24th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Current Service Activities
University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Doctoral Student Organization, International Student Representative