Jihee Woo

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.

 

Representative Publications

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.

 

Selected Presentations

Woo, J. & Choi, H. (November, 2020). What Role Do Different Types of Social Support Play in Life Satisfaction Among Korean Older Adults in Retirement? Paper to be presented at the 75th Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting. Denver, Colorado. (Abstract accepted)

Woo, J., Ballentine, K.L., Engel, R., Shook, J., & Goodkind, S. (November, 2020). Relationships among Material Hardships, Perceived Stress, and Health among Low-Wage Workers. Paper to be presented at the 66th CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Denver, Colorado. (Abstract accepted)

Woo, J. & Choi, H. (November, 2020). Pre-retirees’ financial profiles, retirement savings, and well-being in retirement: A path analysis. Poster to be presented at the 66th CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Denver, Colorado. (Abstract accepted)

Woo, J. & Ballentine, K.L. (2020). More money? More problems?: Good jobs do not prevent workers` stress from spilling over to their health. Oral paper presented at the 5th Work Family Research Network Conference, New York City, New York. (Conference postponed)

Ballentine, K.L. & Woo, J. (2020). A Qualitative Study of Work-Family Interaction Among Low-Income Hospital Workers with a “High Road” Employer. Symposium presented at the 5th Work Family Research Network Conference, New York City, New York. (Conference postponed)

Ballentine, K.L. & Woo, J. (January, 2020). Using Structural Equation Modeling to Understand the Pathway between Work-Home Interaction and Well-Being Among Social Worker. Oral paper presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Woo, J., Shook, J., & Goodkind, S. (January, 2020). Low-Wage Workers’ Perceptions of Their Union: Variation within Unionized Workers. Poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research, Washington, DC.

Current Service Activities

University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Doctoral Student Organization, International Student Representative

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