Jung Kwak, PhD

Jung Kwak, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Excellence in LTC

Dr. Kwak received her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida and her M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar (Cohort 11) as well as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow. She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Dr. Kwak’s research focuses on long-term care policy, dementia care and end-of-life decision-making. Her recent funded research projects include a study on decision-support needs among persons with dementia and family caregivers, a pilot study on a decision-support coaching program for family caregivers, and a study of the effects of personalized music listening on nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Her research on dementia care and end-of-life decision-making has been featured in various news and media outlets including the Associated Press, USA Today, and Consider the Conversation, a documentary film about end-of-life care. Dr. Kwak is committed to conducting translational research with community partners to promote evidence-based patient-focused, family-centered support interventions for culturally diverse families.