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Meet our new post-doc scholars

Ai Bo is a postdoctoral scholar for quantitative intervention research at UNC School of Social Work. She received a Ph.D. from New York University Silver School of Social Work in 2019 and an MSW from University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in 2014. Her current research focuses on three interrelated areas of intervention research: advancing intervention theories for understanding psychosocial determinants of adolescent problem behaviors; synthesizing empirical evidence of intervention efficacy; and enhancing clinical trial design and evaluation methods. A recipient of the GADE 2019 Student Award for Social Work Research, she has published her work in top-tier journals and presented at national and international conferences. Over the years, she has developed strong applied methodological and statistical skills with an expertise in meta-analysis and structural equation modeling. Ai is a former adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she taught social work and substance abuse. Next year, she will begin a two-year term on the editorial board of Research on Social Work Practice. She is working with Dr. Din Chen, the Wallace H. Kuralt Distinguished Professor.

Moses Okumu is a Kuralt post-doctoral fellow whose work focuses on the development and testing of advanced quantitative intervention research methods for implementation science. Moses joins the UNC School of Social Work from the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. His program of research aims to understand, develop/adapt, implement and evaluate interventions that advance the sexual and mental health of vulnerable children and youth. He is particularly interested in understanding and testing the role of digital interventions in exacerbating and ameliorating the link between these social determinants (technology-facilitated violence, inequitable gender norms, financial insecurity and education inequality) and sexual and mental health outcomes of youth. His current research focuses on developing and evaluating digital health interventions that advance HIV and STI prevention cascades, and sexual and gender-based violence prevention among refugee and displaced youth living in slums and settlement settings. He is also exploring how digital technologies can be used to strengthen implementation science. A previous consultant for Uganda’s National AIDS Control Program, he is a co-founder of the youth-focused social enterprise, Faraja Africa Foundation. He has taught MSW courses at Colorado State University, University of Texas at Arlington and Uganda Christian University. He is also working with Dr. Din Chen.

Jeongsuk Kim received a Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, in August 2019. She previously earned an MSW from Ewha Women’s University in South Korea. Her research focuses on the underlying causes and mechanisms that lead to violent victimization and perpetration, with a specific interest in gender violence and school violence. She began her career in social work at a domestic violence center that offered counseling and legal support, both to survivors of violence and to violent offenders. She also worked as a research fellow in the Department of Women and Children’s Welfare at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs. These experiences gave her a strong foundation and insight into her current violence research. Her recent scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including dating violence among college students, wife abuse within intercultural couples, and school violence and bystander intervention. As a Preyer Postdoctoral Scholar for Strengthening Families, she is currently working with Dr. Rebecca J. Macy, the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Professor for Strengthening Families, and Macy’s research team.