Chioun Lee
Chioun Lee

Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.N. in Nursing Science, 2000, KonKuk University, South Korea
M.A. in Sociology, 2005, Seoul National University, South Korea
Ph.D. in Sociology, 2012, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, NJ

Office: 1207 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-4411
Fax: (951) 827-3330
E-mail: chiounl@ucr.edu


Dr. Lee’s work focuses upon Gender and Social Stratification (social determinants of health disparities),  Medical Sociology/Sociology of Mental Health (stress process and physical/mental health), Sociology of the Life Course and Aging (life course perspective of healthy vs. unhealthy aging) and Demography/Population Health (biodemography of aging and chronic diseases). Dr. Lee is committed to investigating the social stratification of life adversities and health disparities over the life course, with a focus on gender. Investigating the social processes that shape stress-related health outcomes requires integrating the theories and methods of multiple disciplines. Her interdisciplinary research is rooted in her doctoral training in sociology (medical sociology, mental health, aging and the life course) at Rutgers University, followed by postdoctoral training in population studies (biodemography) at Princeton University and NIH career development training in epidemiology and psychology (reproductive health, cardiovascular and metabolic health, resilience) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Her research focuses on three domains: (a) differential exposure and vulnerability to life adversities; (b) social, psychological, and behavioral pathways that link life adversities and health, including physiological risk for disease endpoints; and (c) resilience factors that may mitigate the health-compromising effects of life adversities. In the fall of 2016, Dr. Lee was awarded a NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). As the Principal Investigator, Dr. Lee investigates the gender-specific pathways (risk and resilience factors) through which early-life adversities affect or mitigate cumulative risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease in midlife and old age.

Dr. Lee’s work appears in various peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Journal of Aging and Health, Research on Aging, Criminology, and Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.


Springer, Kristen, Chioun Lee, and Deborah Carr. In Press, “A Gendered Life Course Stress Perspective on Wife Breadwinning and Husband’s Health: Analyzing Wife Breadwinning across 30 Years of Marriage.” Journal of Aging and Health.

Lee, Chioun. In Press, “Adult Children’s Education and Physiological Dysregulation among Older Parents.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Lee, Chioun, Vera K. Tsenkova, Jennifer M. Boylan, and Carol D. Ryff. 2018, “Gender Differences in the Pathways from Childhood Disadvantage to Metabolic Syndrome: An Examination of Healthy Lifestyles.” Social Science& Medicine-Population Health. 4: 216-224.

Vera K. Tsenkova, Chioun Lee, and Jennifer M. Boylan. 2017, “Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage, Occupational, Leisure-time and Household Physical Activity and Diabetes in Adulthood.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 17: 1-27.   

Lee, Chioun, Chris L. Coe, and Carol D. Ryff. 2017, “Social Disadvantage, Severe Child Abuse, and Biological Profiles in Adulthood.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 58(3):371-386.

Lee, Chioun, Dana Glei, Noreen Goldman, and Maxine Weinstein. 2017, “Children’s Education and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms of Older Adults.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 58(1):86-101.

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