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.



Research Interests

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

Methodological Interests

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

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, including using text-as-data and big data sources. At NYU, I was appointed an inaugural predoctoral fellow at 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 Ministry of Education in South Korea.




  • Survey Design: Qualtrics 
  • Statistics: STATA, Mplus, and SPSS
  • Data science: Python 
  • Geospatial analysis: QGIS


I was born and grew up in two traditional villages in Korea (Andong Hahoe Village and Jeonju Hanok Village), where I discovered the joy of cross-cultural experiences. Outside of research, I seek to broaden my cultural horizons through traveling, reading books, and watching documentaries. You can find my list of recommended documentaries here. My ultimate dream is to visit every captivating city in the world!


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 hope and the 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