Gahwan Yoo

Welcome to my website👋🏻!  I am a Ph.D. Student in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. As a lifelong blogger in Korea, I use this personal website to share some tips and strategies I learned in graduate school.


Research Interests

  • Mental Health in immigrant/refugee communities
  • Minority mental health and mental health disparities
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • Technology in Social Work

Methodological Interests

  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Computational Social Science
  • Text as Data for Social Work Research

My research is motivated by promoting social justice and improving the mental health of ethnic minorities and immigrants/refugees both in the United States and Asian context. I am especially interested in the role of community-level factors in predicting mental health outcomes, e.g., advocacy, collective efficacy, racial climate, and engagement with communities. Further, I desire to investigate the roles of technology-assisted and/or community-based interventions to foster culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

My methodological interests encompass not only applying structural equation modeling but also leveraging computational social science approaches to social work research. At NYU, I am a research assistant for the research projects funded by NYU Constance and Martin Silver Center on Data Science and Social Equity; 1) CARA & ABRA Project to study Asian Americans community well-being utilizing the racial sentiment on social media, and 2) the project on harnessing Natural Language Processing to measure person-centered care in behavioral health settings. 


2020 - present

New York University Silver School of Social Work
Ph.D. in Social Work
Adviser: Dr. Doris Chang (Culture and Mental Health Research Lab)
Received Government Scholarship for Overseas Study (Ministry of Education in South Korea)

2018 - 2020

Ewha Womans University
M.A. in Social Welfare
Received Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

2013 - 2018

Ewha Womans University
B.A. in Sociology & Social Welfare
Graduated 1st in the class


I am familiar with the following software and tools: STATA, SPSS, Mplus, LIWC, and Qualtrics. I have been learning Python language for natural language processing (e.g., pandas, selenium, NLTK, or Gensim). 

Survey Design 85%
Qualtrics 80%
Regression Modeling 75%
Structural Equation Modeling 70%
NLP 35%


Outside of research, I truly enjoy cross-cultural experiences by traveling, reading books, or watching documentaries! My lifelong dream is to visit every single country and attractive city in the world!

Favorite Aphorisms

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. – Lilla Watson

Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world. – bell hooks

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare. – Audre Lorde

Homeland is the legacy of the selflessness of our ancestors. Its concept extends beyond all geographical borders. It is not limited to those that are born in a specific place nor does it abide by selfish nationalism. The patriotic feeling should merge with the hope and with they cry of the dispossessed, who aspire and fight for a better world without hatred. Homeland is the dignity and honor of those who know how to be deserving of it. – Jeronimo Lim Kim