Professor Ansuk Jeong

Psychology (community and clinical)

Areas of Expertise: Family environment, cultural environment, acculturation, stress and coping, cancer patients and their family caregivers
UAC Courses: PSY2010, PSY3000, PSY3270
Office: U837

Dr. Ansuk Jeong completed her B.A. in psychology and in Korean linguistics at Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) and M.A. in clinical psychology in Yonsei University as well. Dr. Jeong moved to Chicago to pursue Ph.D. in community psychology. After getting the degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she taught at the University of Chicago, as well as at the University of Illinois at Chicago. When she returned to Korea, she started working as a research fellow and later as a research professor at Yonsei University. She conducts two tracks of research: one is acculturation and the other is cancer patients and family caregivers. For acculturation study, she works with immigrants, North Korean defectors, and returnees, to understand how the change of their cultural environment affects their lives, adaptation, and well-being. For cancer research, she works with families who have a cancer patient, to investigate their stress and coping, communication both within the family and with the medical professionals, and their well-being that will affect and be affected by their meaning-making in the process.

As a community psychologist, Dr. Jeong’s research interest lies in the contexts in which individuals are nested: local and relational communities, including family, school, neighborhood, social class, public policy, and culture. Migration to a new setting is a stress. Cancer diagnosis is a stress. Then how does the family as a unit cope with the stressor? To understand the diverse effects of the contexts, Dr. Jeong employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Jeong goes to a classical music concert once a week on average. She feels that listening to music at a concert hall takes her to where she truly belongs, puts things into perspective, and cleanses her soul. Dr. Jeong says, “Museums are fun. Travel is learning. But a good coffee for a Saturday edition newspaper, after a decent jogging, is a must for the week.”