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Young Cho, PhD

Associate Professor
Community & Behavioral Health Promotion

PhD, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MA, Sociology, Western Illinois University
BA, Sociology, Western Illinois University


Dr. Young Cho’s current research interests include assessment of substance abuse risk factors among minority populations, and evaluation of effective substance abuse intervention and treatment programs. He is particularly interested in studying contextual effects of neighborhoods on substance abuse and the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment. Dr. Cho has also done work on smoking cessation programs for economically disadvantaged women as well as studies of the links between health literacy and health status and use of health services. He has been involved in numerous funded research projects, of which recently completed work includes:

  • An NIH-funded study that examined mediating factors between health literacy and health status and utilization of health services.
  • An NCI-funded study exploring the effects of patient’s neighborhood and community characteristics on the propensity of late stage breast cancer diagnosis.
  • An RWJF-funded project that explored the effectiveness of publicly-sponsored substance abuse treatment.
  • An NIH-funded intervention study aimed at reducing cigarette smoking among economically disadvantaged women in the Chicago area.

As an expert in research design and program evaluation, he teaches Survey Research Methods, and Program Evaluation in Public Health. He is also a Scientist of Center for Applied Behavioral Health Research at UWM, and he is collaborating with other center scientists to develop new health research projects and intervention programs.

Dr. Cho received his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he continued as a research faculty member for 12 years before joining UWM in 2011.