Joshua Gwon

Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon, PhD, RN

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Gwon’s long-term goal of research is to help young adult Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) users reduce nicotine dependence and ENDS use. He is particularly interested in cognitive approaches to modify and quit ENDS use in young adults. He has developed an innovative mobile-based attentional bias modification training program with his collaborator to improve their addiction-related outcomes (cotinine, physiological reactivity, nicotine dependence, and urges) and found the treatment effect signal through a series of the pilot studies. He is now conducting a placebo-controlled two-arm randomized trial with young adult who are using ENDS products. Dr. Gwon is also interested in social media-based interventions to improve abstinence-related outcomes in young adult ENDS users. He places a high value on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches. For more information, please visit


PhD, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA, USA
BSN & MSN, Yonsei University College of Nursing, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Awards & Honors

MNRS New/Early Career Investigator Award
UWM Team Initiation Program Award
The American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant Award
The Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Grant Award
The Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grant Award, University of Virginia

Current Research

  • Tobacco use prevention and cessation among adolescents and young adults
  • Development of public health nurse workforce

Contracts & Grants

Medical College of Wisconsin/Clinical & Translational Science Institute, 2021
UWM Research Assistance Fund, 2021-
UWM Team Initiation Program Award Grant, 2020-
American Nurses Foundation Research Grant, 2018-2021
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Grant, 2018-2020
University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2018
UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (SURF), 2017-
University of Virginia Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, 2015-2016

Intellectual Contributions

Gwon, S., Cho, Y., Kim, Y., Paek, S., & Lee, H. (in review). Differences in attentional bias toward e-cigarette cues between e-cigarette users and nonusers, Journal of Addictions Nursing. 

Gwon, S., Cho, Y., Lee, H., Paek, S., & Matthews, P. A. (in press). Moderating effects of smoking status on the relationships between mental health problems and poor sleep. SAGE Open.

Gwon, S., Lee, H., & Ahn, H. (in press). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Nicotine Use: Nursing Implications for Patient Outcomes. Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Theisen, J. L., Snethen, J. A., Gwon, S., Ellis, J. L., & Sapp, M. (2022). Facilitators and barriers to patient portal use in the older adult: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Informatics Nursing, 6(3), 23-34

Kiplagat, A. B., Kako, P. M., Mkandawire-Valhmu, L., Chelagat, D., Gwon, S., Luo, J., &  Dixon, M. V. (2021) The HIV transmission risk factors and opportunities for use of mHealth in HIV prevention among emerging adult population in the Sub-Saharan Africa context: A review of the literature. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Advance online publication.

Blakeslee, T., Snethen, J. A., Schiffman, R. F., Gwon, S., Sapp, M. & Kelber, S. (2021). Adolescent characteristics, suicide, and bullying in high school. Journal of School Nursing.

Gwon, S., Jeong, S., & Bullock, L. (2021). Cotinine fluctuation in maternal saliva during and after pregnancy: Implications for perinatal outcomes. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. https://10.1097/nmc.0000000000000743 

Gwon, S., Cho, Y., Laestadius, L., Wang, Y., & Lee, H. (2021). Factors associated with opposition to a vape-free campus policy. Metropolitan Universities, 32(1), 124-145.

Gwon, S., Cho, Y. I., Paek, S. H., & Ke, W. (2020). Public health nurses’ workforce factors and population health outcomes in the United States. Advance publication. Public Health Nursing, 37(6), 829-836.

Lee, S. E., Lee, M. H., Peters, A., & Gwon, S. (2020). Assessment of patient safety and cultural competencies among senior baccalaureate nursing students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4225.

Gwon, S. & Thongpriwan, V. (2019). Photovoice in a pre-nursing health care systems course. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(1), 64.

Gwon, S. & Jeong, S. (2018). Concept analysis of impressionability among adolescents and young adults. Nursing Open, 5(4), 601-610.

Jeong, S., Choi, H., Gwon, S., & Kim, J. (2018). Telephone support and telemonitoring for the low-income elderly. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11(4), 198-206. 

Gwon, S., Yan, G., Huang, G., & Kulbok, P. A. (2018). The influence of tobacco retailers on adolescent smoking: Prevention and policy implications. International Nursing Review, 65(2), 234-243. 

Gwon, S., Yan, G., & Kulbok, P. A. (2017). South Korean adolescents’ intention to smoke. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(2), 163-170. 

Gwon, S., Kulbok, P. A., DeGuzman, P. B., & Jeong, S. (2017). Density and proximity of licensed tobacco retailers and adolescent smoking: A narrative review. Journal of School Nursing, 33(1), 18-29. 

Gwon, S. & Jeong, S. (2016). Factors influencing adolescent lifetime smoking and current smoking in South Korea: Using data from the 10th (2016) Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Survey. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. 46(4), 550-559. 

Samankasikorn, W., Pierce, B., St. Ivany, A., Gwon, S., Schminkey, D., & Bullock, L. (2016). The effect of home visiting with pregnant teens on maternal health. The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 41(3), 162-167.

Gwon, S. & Lee, C. Y. (2016). Factors influencing sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in South Korea. International Nursing Review, 63(1), 68-77.

Gwon, S. & Lee, C. Y. (2015). Factors that influence sexual intercourse among middle school students: using data from the 8th (2012) Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 45(1), 76-83.

Gwon, S. & Kim, S. (2014). Unusual suicide cases in South Korea. Korean Journal of Scientific Criminal Investigation, 8(4), 277-282.

Kim, G. S., Lee, C. Y., Kim, I. S., Lee, T. H., Cho, E., Lee, H., Lee, K., Kim, S., Gwon, S., Moon, S. H., Lim, S., & Kim, S. H. (2013). Assessing correlates of physical activity levels in female university students. Journal of Korean Public Health Nursing, 27(3), 466-479.