Faculty Profile

HwaJung  Choi, PhD

HwaJung Choi, PhD

Research Assistant Professor,
Internal Medicine,
Division of General Medicine, 
University of Michigan

Faculty Associate,
Survey Research Center (SRC),
Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Research Assistant Professor,
Department of Health Management and Policy

2800 Plymouth Rd.

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. Dr. Choi was a Fulbright scholar and received a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan.

By training, Dr. Choi is a health and labor economist and family demographer. Her research focuses on inter-relationships among health, family care resources and socioeconomic factors. She has been leading multiple projects in this area, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, 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 (PI: 2018-2023) and an R01 research grant (PI: 2022-2027) from the National Institute on Aging, and studies paid and unpaid care resources and related social, health, and economic consequences for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. Dr. Choi also assesses US trends and disparities in health and disability at middle and older ages compared with other high-income countries.

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

  1. 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 J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 77 (2): S189-S198:  2022. PM35191479
  2. Schoeni RF, Cho TC, Choi H: Close enough? Adult child-to-parent caregiving and residential proximity. Soc Sci Med 292: 114627, 2022. PM34875578/PMC8806164
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Leggett A, Koo HJ, Park B, Choi H: The changing tides of caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic: how decreasing and increasing care provision relates to caregiver well-being. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 77 (1) S86-S97: 2022. PM35032387
  6. 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 e202802: e202802, 2020. PM32658276/PMC7358980.
  7. 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.
  8. Reyes A, Schoeni RF, Choi H: Race/ethnic differences in spatial distance between adult children and their mothers. JOMF 82(2): 810-821, 2019.
  9. Abedini NC, Choi H, Wei MY, Langa KM, Chopra V: The relationship of loneliness to end-of-life experience in older Americans: A cohort study. [Epub ahead of print] J Am Geriatr Soc 0924: 1, 2020. PM32128789/PMC7234919.
  10. 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
  11. Stagg B, Choi H, Woodward M, Ehrlich J: Association of social support network size with receipt of cataract surgery in older adults. JAMA Ophthalmol 136(4): 423-427, 2018. PM29522061/PMC5876831
  12. Choi H, Schoeni RF: Health of Americans who must work longer to reach social security retirement age. Health Aff (Millwood) 36(10): 1815-1819, 2017. PM28971928
  13. Choi H, Schoeni RF, Martin LG: Are functional and activity limitations becoming more prevalent among 55 to 69-year-olds in the United States? PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164565, 2016. PM27783638/PMC5082687Choi H, McGarry M, Schoeni RF: Consumption and the extended family. Econ Lett 140: 34-38, 2016.
  14. Teo AR, Choi H, Andrea SB, Valenstein M, Newsom JT, Dobscha SK, Zivin K: Does mode of contact with different types of social relationships predict depression in older adults? Evidence from a nationally representative survey. J Am Geriatr Soc 63(10): 2014-2022, 2015. PM26437566/PMC5527991
  15. Choi H, Schoeni RF, Langa KM, Heisler MM: Older Adults' Residential proximity to their children: Changes after cardiovascular events. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 70(6): 995-1004, 2015. PM24942973/PMC4817072
  16. Choi H, Burgard S, Elo IT, Heisler M: Are older adults living in more equal counties healthier than older adults living in more unequal counties? A propensity score matching approach. Soc Sci Med 141: 82-90, 2015. PM26256736/PMC4550487
  17. Choi H, Schoeni RF, Langa KM, Heisler MM: Spouse and child availability for newly disabled older adults: Socioeconomic differences and potential role of residential proximity. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 70(3): 462-469, 2015. PM24607786
  18. Teo AR, Choi H, Valenstein M: Social relationships and depression: ten-year follow-up from a nationally representative study. PLoS ONE 8(4): e62396, 2013. PM23646128/PMC3640036

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Population Association of America