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Soyoung Choi

Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation

Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Health and Kinesiology




  • Biography

    Soyoung Choi is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. Her primary affiliation is cognition, lifespan engagement, aging, and resilience.


    • B.S., nursing, Yonsei University, 2011

    • M.S., nursing, Yonsei University, 2016

    • Ph.D., nursing science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2020

  • Honors
    • 2020: GKNF-USA Ann S. Jhin Scholarship Award, Global Korean Nursing Foundation, USA 

    • 2019: HFSA Nursing Investigator Award, Finalist, Heart Failure Society of America, USA

    • 2018: Fund for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

    • 2016: Seoul Nursing Scholar Award, Seoul Nurses Association, South Korea 

    • 2010: Inducted into STTI as an undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 

    • 2009: Academic Achievement Excellence Award, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

  • Research

    Research areas

    • Designing and implementing mobile health (mHealth) interventions to promote health behaviors among people with visual impairments

    • Investigating the impact of health literacy on health behaviors and outcomes

    • Developing accessible data collection tools for people with visual impairments

    Research interests

    • User Experiences in Mobile Health Apps – From the Perspectives of Older Adults with Visual Impairments

    • A Fitbit-Based Health Intervention for Individuals with Visual Impairments

    • Health Literacy and Health Behaviors of Individuals with Visual Impairments

    Dr. Choi's research focuses on three main areas: (1) designing and implementing mobile health (mHealth) interventions to promote health behaviors among people with visual impairments; (2) investigating the impact of health literacy on health behaviors and outcomes; and (3) developing accessible data collection tools for people with visual impairments.

  • 2023

    • Choi, S. (2023). Personal Health Tracking: A Paradigm Shift in the Self-Care Models in Nursing. JMIR Nursing
    • Choi, S., & Chlebek C. (Under review). Exploring mHealth Design Opportunities for Blind and Visually Impaired Older Users. mHealth
    • Choi, S., & Harrison, T. (2023). The Roles of Stress, Sleep, and Fatigue on Depression in People with Visual Impairments. Biological Research for Nursing
    • Choi, S., Nanda, P., Yuen, K., & Ong, K. (2023). Bridging the Gap in Health Literacy Research: The Inclusion of Individuals with Visual Impairments. Patient Education and Counseling
    • Choi, S., Vasudevan, D., Bhole, A., Hong, J., Steg, K., Marquez, J., Chong, I., & Cai, E. (2023). A Review of the Utilization of Digital Health Technologies for College Students with Disabilities. Journal of American College Health
    • Lee, J., Lee, K., Lee, B., Choi, S., Seo, J., & Choe, E.K. (2023). Personal Health Data Tracking by Blind and Low-Vision People: A Survey Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research


    • Choi, S., Sajib, Z, Manzano, J., & Chlebek, C. (In 1st revision). Adoption of mHealth Technology and its Impacts on Health Behaviors among Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Visual Impairments: A Qualitative Analysis. JMIR Formative Research
    • Seo, J., & Choi, S. (2022). Are Blind People Considered a Part of Scientific Knowledge Producers? – Accessibility Report on Top-10 SCIE Journal Systems Using a Tripartite Evaluation Approach. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities


    • Choi, S. (In 2nd revision). The Relationship Between Time-Related Characteristics of Visual Impairment and Psychological Symptoms in Adults Who are Blind. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
    • Choi, J., Thompson, E., Choi, J., Waddil, C. B., & Choi, S. (2021). Effectiveness of Immersive Virtual Reality in Nursing Education: Systematic Review. Nurse Educator
    • Choi, S. (Under review). Comparison of Self-Tracking Health Practices, eHealth Literacy, and Subjective Well-Being between College Students with and without Disabilities: Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research
    • Choi, S., Kitko, L., Hupcey, J., & Birriel, B. (2021). Longitudinal Family Caregiving Experiences in Heart Failure: Secondary Qualitative Analysis of Interviews. Heart & Lung
    • Ko, I., Kim, J., & Choi, S. (2021). A Systematic Review of Measurement Properties of Spirituality Related Assessment Tools Published in Korean Journals. Journal of Korean Academy of Fundamental Nursing


    • Choi, S. (2020). Evidence-Based Research in Nursing Science: A Reproducible Framework. Western Journal of Nursing Research
    • Choi, S., Sebastiao, E., & Aguinaga, S. (In preparation). Assessing the Needs and Challenges for Physical Activity and Exercise in Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals.
    • Kim, S., Choi, S., Seo, M., Kim, D., & Lee, K. (2020). Development of a Clinical Ethics Support Service (CESS) Education Program for Nurses Based on the ADDIE Model. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice
    • Choi, S. (In 1st revision). Perceived Challenges and Emotional Responses in the Daily Lives of Older Adults with Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
    • Choi, S., & Seo, J. (2020). An Exploratory Study of the Research on Caregiver Depression: Using Bibliometrics and LDA Topic Modeling. Issues in Mental Health Nursing
    • Choi, S., & Seo, J. (2020). Trends of Healthcare Research for Visually Impaired and Blind People: Use of Bibliometrics and Hierarchical Clustering. Ophthalmic Epidemiology
    • Choi, S., Kim, G. & Pionke, JJ. (In preparation). Sleep Health in Blind and Visually Impaired Populations: A Literature Review and Research Theme Mapping.
    • Ko, I., Choi, S., & Kim, J. (2020). Development and Validation of the New Version of Spirituality Assessment Scale. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing


    • Choi, S., & Seo, J. (2019). Analysis of Caregiver Burden in Palliative Care: An Integrated Review. Nursing Forum [Impact Factor: 1.89], 54(2), 280-290.


    • Ahn, S., Choi, S., Kim, H., & Chu, S. (2018). Current Pharmacogenetic Approach for Oxaliplatin-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy among Patients with Colorectal Cancer: A Systematic Review. Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science
    • Choi, S. (Accepted). Lessons Learned from Productive Failure in Accessible Healthcare Research with Older Adults with Visual Impairments. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities.
    • Choi, S., Lee, H., & Lim, A (In press). Exploring the Health Behaviors of Young Adults Who are Blind in South Korea. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
    • Choi, S., Seo, J., Hernandez, M., & Kitsiou, S. (In preparation). mHealth Conversational Agents: A Deep Dive into the Needs of Blind and Visually Impaired Users.


    • Choi, S., & Ko, I. (2017). The Influence of Self-Care Agency and Social Support as Factors Influencing Self-Care Practice in Spinal Cord Injured Patients. Korean Journal of Adult Nursing