Heehyul Moon




Assistant Professor
University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work

Professional Bio

Dr. Heehyul Moon is a gerontologist/social worker who has been involved in research on health, stress, coping, and aging, much of it focused on issues of family caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s’ disease as well as health disparity among racial/ethnic minority older adults and their family.

Project Name

Examining threats to the well-being of immigrant older adults and their caregivers to advance culturally sensitive, sustainable care interventions

Project Description

Given the dramatic demographic change and the lack of understanding of both immigrant older adults and their family caregivers, it is urgent to develop partnerships with this particular group of immigrant older adults to develop recommendations for culturally sensitive and sustainable care interventions for both immigrant older adults and their caregivers. Thus, the purpose of this proposal is to investigate risk factors threatening the overall well-being of immigrant older adults and their family caregivers using two national datasets, longitudinal data of immigrant older adults (National Health and Aging Trend Study, NHAT)and cross-sectional data of their caregivers (National Study of Caregiving, NSOC). The work of Pearlin, Mullan, Semple, and Skaff1, the Stress Coping Process Model will guide this proposed study.

The New Connections funding, a significant part of my research trajectory, will allow me to spend my time on the proposed research project. The funding will allow me to travel to at least one meeting at RWJF to meet with programming team staff and at least one RWJF –Sponsored event. Research training (e.g., University of Michigan Summer Research Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research) will be an excellent opportunity to improve my research strategies. Statistically consultation will be used to review dyadic analyses and results that will enable submission of articles within the project timeline and create formal connections which can be used when developing an external grant proposal.

Research Interests

Caregiving, Dementia, Dyadic analysis, Health Disparities among racial/ethnic minorities

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2016
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Social work/gerontology

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