Guijin Lee

Guijin Lee

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Work and Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Guijin Lee


Guijin Lee, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow at Wayne State University School of Social Work and has an additional appointment at the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ). She received her doctorate degree at the Ohio State University College of Social Work.

Her research interests focus on the way in which social environmental factors impact depressive symptoms and substance use behaviors among immigrant and ethnic minority adolescents. Specifically, Lee’s dissertation tested how social cohesion, sense of belonging, and community safety impact depressive symptoms, while it tested how depressive symptoms mediate the relationship between social environmental factors to substance misuse behaviors for Asian American adolescents.


Lee engages in a number of projects at the School of Social Work and Center for Behavioral Health and Justice including the development and submission of peer review manuscripts; writing of federally competitive grant proposals; collaborating with research staff on evaluation and reporting; developing and finalizing data use agreements with state and local agencies; linking correctional and health data sets; and conducting predictive analytics on linked administrative datasets.

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD - The Ohio State University, College of Social Work
  • MSW - Yonsei University, School of Social Welfare
  • BA - Yonsei University, College of Social Science, Department of Social Work

Teaching Interests

  • Social Work research methods
  • Social Work research methods and evaluation
  • Basic statistics
  • Advanced statistics
  • Human behaviors and social environment
  • Social Welfare Introduction
  • Advanced Social Welfare
  • Child welfare; Child development

Research Interests

  • Health/mental health problems
  • Depression
  • Health risky behaviors
  • Substance use
  • Immigrant well-being
  • Immigrant and Refugee populations
  • Children and adolescents
  • Acculturation
  • Ecological systems theory
  • Cognitive theory
  • Social cohesion
  • Social support
  • Sense of belonging
  • Community safety
  • Social determinant health
  • Parent-child/adolescent relationships

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