Faculty Profile

HwaJung Choi

HwaJung Choi, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Research Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Dr. Choi is a Research Assistant Professor at Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, and Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan. She was a Fulbright scholar and received Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Choi is a labor and health economist and family demographer by training. Her research focuses on inter-relationships among health, family care resources, and socioeconomic factors. She has led multiple projects in this area, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Choi is a current recipient of a K01 Career Development Award and two R01 research grants from the National Institute on Aging. With these supports, she studies care resources (such as family care availability and paid care services), care utilization, and related social, health, and economic consequences for older adults with dementia and their caregivers [K01AG057820 (PI, 2018-2023); R01AG075002 (PI, 2022-2027)]. She also assesses U.S. trends and disparities in health and disability at middle and older ages compared with other high-income countries, focusing on residential locations and socioeconomic determinants [R01AG080491 (PI, 2022-2027)].


  • PhD, Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2008
  • MA. Economics, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1999
  • BA. Economics, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1997

Family spatial availability and care resources, care utilization of adults with physical and cognitive limitations, trends in disability, cross-national health comparisons, health implications of local-area contextual factors

Research Projects:
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on formal and informal care among adults with dementia (PI; NIH/NIA).

Profiling psychosocial dementia caregiving networks: the impact of dementia care networks on care outcomes of Medicare enrollee persons living with dementia (Co-I; NIH/NIA).

Factors influencing trends in midlife cognitive functioning in the US vs. other high-income countries (PI on the pilot grant; NIH/NIA - Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer's (CAPRA)).

Assessing the Influence of Family Care Resources on Care Utilization and Transitions for Older Adults with Dementia (PI; NIH/NIA).

Choi H, Schoeni RF, Steptoe A, Cho TC, Langa KM: Differential trends in disability among rich and poor adults in the US and England from 2002 to 2016. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 77 (2): S189-S198: 2022. PM35191479

Choi H, Heisler M, Norton EC, Langa KM, Cho TC, Connell CM: Family care availability and its implications for informal and formal care used by adults with dementia in the US. Health Affairs 40 (9): 1359-1367, 2021. PM34495713/PMC8647567

Choi H, Schoeni RF, Xu H, Reyes A, Thomas D: Proximity to mother over the life course in the United States: Overall patterns and racial differences. Demographic Research 45(23): 769-806, 2021.

Choi H, Steptoe A, Heisler M, Clarke P, Schoeni RF, Jivraj S, Cho TC, Langa KM: Comparison of health outcomes among high- and low-income adults aged 55 to 64 years in the US vs England. JAMA Intern Med 180(9): 1185-1193, 2020. PM32658276/PMC7358980.

Choi H, Schoeni RF, Wiemers EE, Hotz VJ, Seltzer JA: Spatial distance between parents and adult children in the United States. JOMF. doi:10.1111/jomf.12606 82(2): 822-840, 2020.

Choi H, Schoeni RF, Martin LG, Langa KM: Trends in the prevalence and disparity in cognitive limitations of Americans 55-69 Years Old. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 73(suppl_1): S29-S37, 2018. PM29669102/PMC6019031

Email: hwajungc@umich.edu
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