Seok Hyun (Joshua) Gwon, PhD, RN

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

Dr. Gwon holds a PhD degree in nursing from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.

He studies how tobacco use behavior in adolescents and young adults is influenced by environmental determinants. He also has an interest in public health nurse workforce and population health outcomes. He places a high value on collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches.

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PhD Nursing University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA
MSN Nursing Yonsei University Seoul Republic of Korea
BSN Nursing Yonsei University Seoul Republic of Korea

Awards & Honors

The ACHNE Research Grant Award (2018) Association of Community Health Nursing Educators

The American Nurses Foundation Nursing Research Grant Award (2018) American Nurses Foundation

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Grants (2015) University of Virginia

Scholarship for Most Excellent Records (2012) Yonsei University

Citation (2009) The Armed Forces Ildong Hospital

Award for Excellent Records (2005) Yonsei University

Current Research


  • Tobacco use prevention and cessation among adolescents and young adults
  • Association between nicotine consumption and activity/sleep
  • Public health nurse workforce

Contracts & Grants

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
Seok Hyun Gwon, Han Lee, Youngjoo Cho

Attentional bias to e-cigarette cues
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Office of Undergraduate Research
Sponsored Research
Seok Hyun Gwon

Assessment of patient safety and cultural competencies among senior baccalaureate nursing students
Seung Eun Lee, Anya Peters, Meen Hye Lee, Seok Hyun Gwon

Public health nurse workforce factors and health outcomes
Association of Community Health Nursing Educators Research Grant
Seok Hyun Gwon, Young Ik Cho

Perception of tobacco-free campus policy
Sponsored Research
Seok Hyun Gwon, Linnea Laestadius

Promotional environment and perception of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) among emerging adults
Sponsored Research
Seok Hyun Gwon, Julia Snethen, Han Joo Lee

Smoke-Free Policies in College Campuses across the United States
Tobacco Control Subgroup, American Academy of Nursing Health Behavior Expert Panel
Seok Hyun Gwon

Influence of licensed tobacco retailers on adolescent smoking in South Korea
Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, University of Virginia
Seok Hyun Gwon

Seoul Overseas Correspondent
Seoul Metropolitan City
Seok Hyun Gwon

Intellectual Contributions

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Thongpriwan, Vipavee. “Photovoice in a pre-nursing health care systems course.” Journal of Nursing Education 58.1 (2019): 64.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Jeong, Suyong. “Concept analysis of impressionability among adolescents and young adults.” Nursing Open 5.4 (2018): 601-610.

Jeong, Suyong, Choi, Hanna, Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Kim, Jungeun. “Telephone support and telemonitoring for low-income older adults.” Research in Gerontological Nursing 11.4 (2018): 198-206.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, Yan, Guofen, Huang, Guoping, and Kulbok, Pamela. “The influence of tobacco retailers on adolescent smoking: Prevention and policy implications.” International Nursing Review 65.2 (2018): 234-243.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, Yan, Guofen, and Kulbok, Pamela A. “South Korean adolescents' intention to smoke.” American Journal of Health Behavior 41.2 (2017): 163-170.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, DeGuzman, Pamela B., Kulbok, Pamela A., and Jeong, Suyong. “Density and proximity of licensed tobacco retailers and adolescent smoking: A narrative review.” Journal of School Nursing 33.1 (2017): 18-29.

Samankasikorn, Wilaiporn, Pierce, Brittany, St. Ivany, Amanda, Gwon, Seok Hyun, Schminkey, Donna, and Bullock, Linda. “The effect of home visiting with pregnant teens on maternal health.” American Journal of Maternal and Child Nursing 41.3 (2016): 162-167.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Jeong, Suyong. “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 (2016): 550-559.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Lee, Chung Yul. “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 (2015): 76-83.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Lee, Chung Yul. “Factors influencing sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in South Korea.” International Nursing Review 63.1 (2015): 68-77.

Gwon, Seok Hyun, and Kim, Sang-Ho. “Unusual suicide cases in South Korea.” Korean Journal of Scientific Criminal Investigation 8.4 (2014): 277-282.

Kim, Gwang Suk, Lee, Chung Yul, Kim, In Sook, Lee, Tae Hwa, Cho, Eunhee, Lee, Hyeonkyeong, Lee, Kyongeun, Kim, Sinhye, Gwon, Seok Hyun, Moon, Sun Hye, Lim, Sarah, and Kim, Su Hee. “Assessing correlates of physical activity levels in female university students.” Journal of Korean Public Health Nursing 27.3 (2013): 466-479.