Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


ji seon lee
associate professor

Ji Seon Lee received her Ph.D. in Social Work in 1998 from Columbia University who awarded a distinction on her dissertation on Medicare HMO service use.  She received her Master of Science degree in Social Work and Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University; and a Bachelor of Art from SUNY Stony Brook.  Dr. Lee’s scholarly work focuses on addressing health disparities among older adults and minority groups with an emphasis on home care policy, health communication and chronic illnesses.  She teaches in the masters, doctoral, and on-line programs in the area of social policy and research.  Dr. Lee was selected to be in the first cohort of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar program in 1999.   She is currently heading the Reaffirmation of Accreditation for GSS.

Contact Information: (212) 636-6658 /


Health Disparities, Health Communication, Home Care Policy, Chronic Illnesses, Older Adults


Ph.D.      Columbia University (1998)
MSW       Columbia University (1994)
MPA        Columbia University (1994)
BA           SUNY Stony Brook (1991)



SWGS 6006    Social Welfare Policy I

SWGS 6007    Social Welfare Policy II

SWGS 6801    Social Work Research I

SWGS 6802    Social Work Research II

SWGS 7781    Poverty, Race, and the Disenfranchised

Lee, J.S. (2010). Channels of Health Communications Used Among Korean And Asian Indian Older Adults. Social Work in Health Care, 49(2): 165-175.

Lee, J.S. & Rock, B.D. (2009).  Psychosocial Care in Home Health Policy: Missed Opportunities and Possible Solutions.  Home Health Care Management and Practice, 21:259-265.

Lee, J.S. (2007). Unmet needs of elderly with diabetes in home health care.  Social Woek in Health Care, 45(3):1-17.

Lee, J.S. & Rock, B.D. (2005).  Challenges in the New Prospective Payment System (PPS): Action Steps for Social Work in Home Health Care (HHC).  Health and Social Work, 30(1): 48-55.

Lee, J.S. (2004). A Profile of Diabetic African American elderly receiving home health care: Implications for social work.  Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care, 3(2): 13-30.


Lee, J.S., Chun, K., & Park, J. (2009). "Preferred Channels of Health Communication among Korean American Immigrants with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)" accepted for paper presentation at the Joint Symposium on Leadership of Korean Immigration community for Social Work Educators, Administrators, and Service Providers in Conjunction with 55th Annual Program Meeting (APM) of Council on Social Work Education.

Lee, J.S. (2008). "Channels of Health Communication among Asian Older Adults." Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor Island, M.D.

Lee, J.S. (2006). "Unmet needs of elderly receiving home health care." Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, T.X.

Lee, J.S. (2005). "A profile of Diabetic African American Elderly receiving home health care" Poster presented at the 3rd Annual National Gerontological Social Work Conference, New York, N.Y.

Lee, J.S. (2003). "A Profile of Diabetic Elderly Receiving Home Health Care: Implications for Social Work Practice." Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, C.A.


2009 - 2010   Kyhm Foundation ($23,000)
Communication channels of middle age Korean American immigrants with Limited English Proficiency and their diabetes knowledge.

2006 - 2007   Fordham University GSS Faculty Research Development Grant ($3,500)
Health Communication styles of minority older adults who have type 2 diabetes.  This project is in collaboration with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Community and Preventative Medicine.

2001   Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research on Aging ($3,793)
Roundtable on New Medicare Home Health Care Prospective Payment System and Social Work Practice

2000 - 2001   Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Award (Cohort 1- $100,000)
Social work services and patient outcomes in home health care

2000 - 2001    Fordham University GSS Faculty Research Development Grant ($1,800)
Strategies for developing capacity for aging research in schools of social work.

2006 - Present   Consulting Editor/Reviewer, Social Work Research

2005 - 2009   Invited Member, Asian American Geriatric Mental Health Coalition

2006 - 2008   Elected Nominations Committee Member, National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter (Elected Chair, 2007-2008)


1998   Distinction on Doctoral Dissertation
Columbia University, School of Social Work, New York, N.Y.

1990 - 1991   Member of Golden Key Honor Society
State University of New York at Stony Brook Chapter, Stony Brook, N.Y.


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