Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon, PhD, RN

Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
gwon@uwm.eduCunningham Hall 613
Assistant Professor

Dr. Gwon’s research focuses on innovative methods to modify and prevent health-risk behavior among adolescents and young adults using a transdisciplinary approach. He is particularly interested in promoting nicotine-free behavior in these emerging age groups by altering cognitive characteristics (e.g., attentional bias). Dr. Gwon also studies the development of the public health workforce to improve population health outcomes with a focus on mediating effects of modified health-risk behavior of the community populations. He places a high value on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches.

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

Awards & Honors

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

Modification of e-cigarette use behavior among young adults: A transdisciplinary approach
UWM Team Initiation Program Award Grant
Gwon (PI)

A missing piece in Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) use: Attentional bias to ENDS cues among young adult ENDS users
Virginia S. Cleland Scholar Fund / American Nurses Foundation Research Grant
Gwon (PI)

Associations between public health nurse workforce factors and health outcomes
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Grant
Gwon (PI)

Assessment of patient safety and cultural competencies among senior baccalaureate nursing students
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Gwon (Co-PI)

Attentional bias to e-cigarette cues/
Promotional environment and perception of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) among emerging adults/
Public health nurse workforce and health outcomes
UWM Office of Undergraduate Research
Gwon (PI)

Influence of licensed tobacco retailers on adolescent smoking
Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, University of Virginia
Gwon (PI)

Intellectual Contributions

Gwon, S. H., Cho, Y. I., Paek, S. H., & Ke, W. (in press). Public health nurses’ workforce factors and population health outcomes in the United States. Public Health Nursing.

Lee, S. E., Lee, M. H., Peters, A., & Gwon, S. H. (2020). Assessment of patient safety and cultural competencies among senior baccalaureate nursing students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(12), 4225. doi:10.3390/ijerph17124225

Gwon, S. H. & Thongpriwan, V. (2019). Photovoice in a pre-nursing health care systems course. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(1), 64. doi:10.3928/01484834-20190103-14

Gwon, S. H. & Jeong, S. (2018). Concept analysis of impressionability among adolescents and young adults. Nursing Open, 5(4), 601-610. doi:10.1002/nop2.170

Jeong, S., Choi, H., Gwon, S. H., & Kim, J. (2018). Telephone support and telemonitoring for the low-income elderly. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 11(4), 198-206. doi:10.3928/19404921-20180502-01

Gwon, S. H., 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. doi:10.1111/inr.12404

Gwon, S. H., Yan, G., & Kulbok, P. A. (2017). South Korean adolescents’ intention to smoke. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(2), 163-170. doi:10.5993/AJHB.41.2.7

Gwon, S. H., 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. doi:10.1177/1059840516679710

Gwon, S. H. & 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. doi:10.4040/jkan.2016.46.4.475

Samankasikorn, W., Pierce, B., St. Ivany, A., Gwon, S. H., Schminkey, D., & Bullock, L. (2016). The effect of home visiting with pregnant teens on maternal health. American Journal of Maternal and Child Nursing, 41(3), 162-167. doi:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000235

Gwon, S. H. & Lee, C. Y. (2016). Factors influencing sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in South Korea. International Nursing Review, 63(1), 68-77. doi:10.1111/inr.12206

Gwon, S. H. & 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. doi:10.4040/jkan.2015.45.1.76

Gwon, S. H. & 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. H., 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. doi:10.5932/JKPHN.2013.27.3.466