Yura Lee, Ph.D.

Center Scientist
Social Work

Assistant Professor
Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Interests & Expertise:

Dr. Yura Lee’s primary research focuses on risk of dementia or cognitive impairment among older adult population. She is particularly interested in investigating cognitive outcomes among individuals who experience significant late life transitions such as retirement or widowhood. She is dedicated to further examining how engagement in mental, physical and social activities plays role in this life transition-cognition relationship. Dr. Lee has expertise in longitudinal data analyses using a large national data such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS).

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Current Projects:

Dr. Yura Lee’s current research projects include self-management among individuals with early stage dementia; mental health among older adults living alone with cognitive impairment; and positive and negative aspects of caregiving among dementia caregivers. Dr. Lee further investigates the beneficial role of mental, physical, and social activity engagement on cognitive function among these populations.

Most Recent Publications:

Lee, Y., Chi, I., & Ailshire, J. (2018). Life transitions and leisure activity engagement among older Americans: findings from a national longitudinal study. Ageing & Society, 1–28. doi.org/ 10.1017/S0144686X18001101

Lee, Y., Chi, I., & Palinkas, L. (2018). Widowhood, leisure activity engagement, and cognitive function among older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 1-10. doi:10.1080/13607863.2018.1450837

Lee, Y., Chi, I., & Palinkas, L. (2018). Retirement, leisure activity engagement, and cognition among older adults in the United States. Journal of Aging and Health, 1-23. doi: 10.1177/0898264318767030

Kim, B. J., Lee, Y., Sangalang, C., & Harris, L. M. (2015). The impact of employment and selfrated economic condition on the subjective well-being of older Korean immigrants. International Journal of Aging and Human Development81(3), 189-203.