Hyunsung Oh

Academic Fellow 2019
Associate Professor
ASU School of Social Work

Downtown Phoenix Campus


Hyunsung Oh's goal is to improve psychosocial services available in patient-centered primary care clinics for vulnerable groups whose health outcomes are more susceptible to socio-contextual factors, such as social support, structure and functions of social networks, social norms for group members and other socio-contextual attributes associated with psychosocial factors. He is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. 

Oh has been working with different populations to understand roles of socio-contextual factors in light of mental health, health care access and chronic illness management, including low-income racial minorities with chronic illnesses, uninsured Korean immigrants and returning veterans and their family members. Oh has worked to enhance existing curriculum to prepare social work students for evidence-based practice (EBP) and have served a member of an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from social work, nursing, nutrition and other relevant health-related professional disciplines focusing on improving health among older adults and people with disabilities who reside in public housing. As lead instructor for the course Practice-Oriented Research, Oh teaches social work students how to incorporate the best research evidence into practice decision making.Oh is also involved in developing training modules for promotoras (community health workers) while worked as a research associate in a randomized clinical trial that tested effectiveness of community health workers in assisting chronic illnesses management among low-income Hispanic patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease or heart failure who evidenced depression. In addition, Oh is experienced in building trust with community stakeholders, including participating federally qualified health centers, local community health training companies, patients and primary care physicians. 


­­­­Ph.D.  Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles 2014

M.S.W.  Social Work, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 2009

B.A. Social Work and Economics, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea 2007


REFREED PUBLICATIONS (*: Correspondence author; +: Graduate student)                                                               

13. Xiang, X., An, R., & Oh, H. (In press). The bidirectional relationship between depressive symptoms and homebound status among older adults. The Journal of Gerontology: Series B. Was accepted on December 6, 2017.

12. Oh, H.,* & Jeong, C. (2017). Korean immigrants don’t buy health insurance: The influences of culture on self-employed Korean immigrants focusing on structure and functions of social networks. Social Science and Medicine, 191, 194-201

11. Cederbaum, J. A., Wilcox, S. L., Oh, H., Sullivan, K. S., Ell, K., & Hassan, A. M. (2017). The role of service member mental health and marital satisfaction in postdeployment family reintegration. Military Behavioral Health, 5, 364-373

10. Ell, K., Aranda, M. P., Wu, S., Oh, H., Lee, P., & Guterman, J., (2017). Promotora assisted depression and self-care management among predominantly Latinos with concurrent chronic illness: Safety net care system clinical trial results. Contemporary Clinical Trials61, 1-9

9. Oh, H.*, Ell, K., & Palinkas, L. A. (2017). Self-care behavior change and depression among low-income predominantly Hispanic patients in safety-net clinics. Social Work in Health Care56, 714-732.

8. Oh, H.*, & Ell, K. (2016). Depression remission, receipt of problem-solving therapy, and self-care behavior frequency among low-income, predominantly Hispanic diabetes patients. General Hospital Psychiatry41, 38-44.

7. Ell, K., Aranda, M. P., Wu, S., Oh, H., Lee, P., & Guterman, J. (2016). Promotora assisted depression care among predominately hispanic patients with concurrent chronic illness: Public care system clinical trial design. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 46, 39-47.

6. Ell, K., Oh, H., & Wu, S. (2016). Integrating biopsychosocial intervention research in a changing health care landscape. Research on Social Work Practice26, 28-34.

5. Kintzle, S., Oh, H., Wilcox, S., Hassan, A. M., Ell, K., & Castro, C. A. (2015). Civilian unemployment and mental health: The moderating impact of alcohol misuse in returning National Guard. Military Medicine, 180, 986-993.

4. Oh, H.* & Ell, K. (2015). Social support, a mediator in collaborative depression care for cancer patients. Research on Social Work Practice25(2), 229-239.

3. Wilcox, S.L., Oh, H., Redmond, S.A., Chicas, J., Hassan, A.M., Lee, P-J., & Ell, K. (2015). A Scope of the Problem: Post-Deployment Reintegration Challenges in a National Guard Unit. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation50(1), 73-83.

2. Ell, K., Oh, H., Lee, P-J., & Guterman, J. (2014). Collaborative health literate depression care among predominantly Hispanic patients with coronary heart disease in safety net care. Psychosomatics55(6), 555-565.

1. Oh, H.*, Ell, K., & Subica, A. (2014). Depression and family interaction among low-income, predominantly Hispanic cancer patients: A longitudinal analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer, 22(2), 427-434.

Manuscripts under review

4. Oh, H.*, Han, S., Garbe, R.+, & Liu, J. (submitted). Social support, a significant psychosocial mechanism bridging social networks and physical activity and depressive symptoms among male older adults. Submitted to Aging and Mental Health on January, 24th, 2018. (5-Year Impact Factor: 2.767 (2016)) 

3. Oh, H.* & Ell, K. (submitted). Indirect effect of self-care behaviors in relationships between collaborative depression care, depressive symptoms change, and diabetes Outcomes. Submitted to Journal of Society for Social Work Research on January 22th, 2018.  

2. Holley, L.C., Oh, H., & Thomas, D.+ (under review). Mental illness discrimination and support experienced by people who are of color and/or LGB: Considering intersecting identities., Submitted to American Journal of Orthopsychiatry on November 19th, 2017.(5-year Impact Factor: 2.220 (2016))

1. Oh, H.* & Ell, K. (under review). Associations between changes in depressive symptoms and social support and diabetes management among low-income, predominantly Hispanic patients in patient-centered care. Submitted to Diabetes Care on September 25th, 2017 (5-year Impact Factor: 10.037 (2016))   

Manuscripts in preparation

3. Oh, H.*, Trihn, M. & Vang, C.+ (60% drafted). Parsing the effects of culture, language, and insurance: An agent-based model of access to care among Hispanics in the United States., Will be submitted to American Journal of Public Health by December 31st, 2018.

2. Oh, H., & Park, H.* (80% drafted). Perceived social support, a mediator to explain correlations between “Small Word” and depressive symptoms among older adults: Analysis of National Health, Social Life, and Aging Project., Will be submitted to Aging and Mental Health by December 31st, 2018.

1. Oh, H*., & Liu, J. (80% drafted). Social engagement and cognitive deterioration for five years among older adults: Analysis of National Health, Social Life, and Aging Project, Will be submitted to Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Social Science by December 31st, 2018.