Welcome to my website!  I am Nari Yoo, a PhD Candidate in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. As a lifelong blogger from South Korea (with 2 million visits), I use this website to share tips and strategies I learned in graduate school.


My research is motivated by the desire to promote social justice and improve the mental health, behavioral health, and well-being of racial/ethnic minorities and immigrants in both the United States and Asian contexts. My questions are organized around 1) systems-level, 2) community-level, and 3) technology-related factors in predicting behavioral health outcomes, service utilization, and access to care. My long-term goal is to develop technology-assisted and/or community-based interventions to foster culturally and linguistically appropriate services. 

My methodological interests encompass applying structural equation modeling and leveraging computational social science approaches to social work research, such as using text-as-data and big data sources. At NYU, I was appointed an inaugural predoctoral fellow at the Constance and Martin Silver Center on Data Science and Social Equity. I organized the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS)-NYU Silver with the theme of data science for social good. 

I have published first-authored papers in high-impact journals such as Psychiatric ServicesSocial Science and Medicine, and Digital Health. My research has been awarded and funded by Grand Challenges for Social Work, NYU Migration Network, Migration Research and Training Centre, and the Ministry of Education in South Korea. You can refer to my curriculum vitae for professional information and my bio page for more personal information πŸ™‚

** I am on the academic job market for the 2024-2025 academic year seeking tenure-track social work (or adjacent fields) faculty positions & postdocs. Please find my research and teaching page for more information.