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Assistant Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work


B.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University

MSW., Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

PhD., Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Soohyoung Rain Lee is an Assistant Professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He has had many direct practices roles in hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Currently, he directs the Ph.D. Methodology Center.


His research focuses on evaluating public health related to disparities in health systems. Within this broad topic, he investigates multiple barriers for individual-, community-, and health system-level in accessing pain management (e.g., opioid), alternative healthcare (e.g., telehealth, online engagement), and caregiver resources for Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (ADRD) patients. 


Rain leads the Aging and Welfare Lab at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. AWL focuses on developing and applying mathematical modeling methods to evaluate the influences of different regime types in contemporary society. The team examines how countries' regime types (e.g., autocracy and democracy) may impact delivering palliative care across the nations. He also focuses on the social context of well-being. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, he examines barriers to mainstream financial products and generational conflict in promoting multi-generation workplaces. 

He teaches Research for both Masters and Ph.D. levels:

  • Social Work Practice and Evaluation Research – Master’s Level
  • Strategies of Inquiry – Ph.D. Level
  • Fundamentals of Applied Statistics – Ph.D. Level


His research focuses on developing and applying mathematical modeling methods to evaluate public health and social issues in disparities in accessing healthcare and social resources. Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches, he examines gaps in accessing both quality and affordability of healthcare. In the social context, he investigates barriers in accessing mainstream financial products and promoting multi-generational workplaces. 

Aaron H. Beckerman Research Award (2018, May)

First place award in the annual Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) student poster competition (2015, April)

Reprints & preprints available at https://www.agingandwelfarelab.com/publications.html


Lee, Se Won M.D.1∗; Elsakr, Carol M.D.1∗; Ayutyanont, Napatkamon PhD1∗; Lee, Soohyoung PhD2; Oh-Park, Mooyeon M.D.3. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of inpatient falls during inpatient rehabilitation: a case-control study. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Lee, Se Won; Werner, Bryan; Nguyen, Dan; Wang, Charles; Kang, Mingon; Ayutyanont, Napatkamon & Lee, Soohyoung. Opioid Utility and Hospital Outcomes among Inpatients admitted with Osteoarthritis and Spine Disorders. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Lee, S.R & Kim, L.S (2022). Co-residence of Older Parents and Adult Children Benefits Older Adults’ Psychological well-being:  Path Analysis. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 


Lee, S.R. (2021). When Home Hospice Patients Discharge to Nursing Facility: A Mixed Methods. Open Journal of Nursing.


Lee, S.R & Cuellar, M.J (2019). Data-Driven Recommendations for Promoting Collaboration Among School Security Personnel and School Social Workers in the United States. International Journal of School Social Work.


Barber, S.J., & Lee, S.R (2016). Stereotype threat lowers older adults’ self-reported hearing. Gerontology, 62, 81-85.


Manuscripts under review:


Lee, R. S., Euijin Jung., & Sil Jin (under review). The Association Between Subjective and Objective Financial Knowledge: Path Analysis to Savings Behavior by Age.


Jung, E. & Lee, R. S. (under review). Examining the Latent Classes of Financial Access Among Americans:  A Generational View


Lee, SeWon., Hill, Joseph., Sussman, Rebecca., Lee, Soohyoung., Mack, Denny., Aguila, Eric., Doddy, Karyn., Thomas, Mary., Yoo Jiwon., & Ayutyanont, Naptkamon (under review).   Comprehensive Analysis of Inpatient Falls from Nationwide Private Healthcare System:  A Case-Control Study. 


Lee, S. R (Under review). Examining Possible Relationship of Online Engagement on Older Adults’ Subjective Memory Capacity:  Path Analysis.


Lee, S.R & Cuellar, M.J (Under review).  Sworn Law Enforcement in the United States:  Exploring Practice Typologies and Their Effects on Student Performance and Behavior. 


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