Seung Hee Choi, PhD, RN

Seung Hee Choi, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

 350 Cohn

Office hours

2 - 3 pm on Friday

Research profile

Seung Hee Choi, PhD, RN


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - University of Michigan

PhD - University of Michigan

MSN - Seould National University

BSN - Inha University

Research Interests

Dr. Choi’s research has focused on the effects of multiple health behaviors, especially smoking-related health behaviors, on health outcomes and health-related quality of life. Engaging in multiple health behaviors has been associated with a greater risk for developing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases or cancers, and all-cause mortality than can be expected by the sum of the separate effects of health behaviors. Particularly, whenever smoking is involved in multiple health behaviors, mortality risks are higher than any other risk behaviors.

Selected Publications


Choi, S. H., Stommel, M., Ling, J., Noonan, D., Chung, J. (2020). The impact of smoking in multiple health behaviors on all-cause mortality among U.S. adults. Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2020.1796570

Broman, C., Wright, M. K., Choi, S. H., & Wang, Y. (2020). Heavy substance use in young adulthood. Journal of Substance Use. doi: 10.1080/14659891.2020.176036

Choi, S. H., Ling, J., Noonan, D., Kim, W. (2019). Smoking Behavior and Social Contexts Associated with Smoking Among Dual-Smoker Couples. Public Health Nursing (impact factor: 1.111)

Ling, J., Stommel, M., Choi, S. H. (2018). Attempts to Lose Weight among U.S. Children: Importance of Weight Perceptions from Self, Parents, and Health Professionals. Obesity (Impact Factor: 3.61)

Choi, S. H., Chan, R., Lehto, R. H. (2018). Relationships between smoking status and psychological distress, optimism, and health environment perceptions at time of diagnosis of actual or suspected lung cancer. Cancer Nursing (impact factor: 2.017)

Noonan, D., Silva, S., Nurju, J., Bishop, T., Fish, L., Simmons, L. A., Choi, S. H., Pollak, K. (2018). Feasibility of a text-based smoking cessation intervention in rural older adults: Project Wise. Health Education Research. cyx080-cyx080 (impact factor: 1.667)

Choi, S. H., Duffy, S. A. (2017). Analysis of health behavior theories for clustering of health behaviors. Journal of Addictions Nursing. 28(4), 203-209. (impact factor: 0.17)

Choi, S. H., Stommel, M. (2017). Impact of age at smoking initiation on smoking-related morbidity and all-cause mortality. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 53 (1), 33-41. (Impact factor: 4.47).

Choi, S. H., Mitchell, J., Lipkus, I. (2017). Lessons learned from an online study with dual-smoker couples. American Journal of Health Behavior. 41 (1), 61-66. doi: (Impact factor: 1.20).

Choi, S. H., Terrell, J. E., Bradford, C. R., Ghanem, T., Spector, M. E., Wolf, G. T. …, & Duffy, S. A. (2016). Does quitting smoking make a difference among head and neck cancer patients? Nicotine & Tobacco Research, ntw189. (Impact factor: 3.81).

Park, E. H., Choi, S. H., Duffy, S. A. (2016). The effect of re-randomization in a smoking cessation trial. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40 (5), 667-674. (Impact factor: 1.20).

Noonan, D., Dardas, L., Bice-Wigington, T., Sloane, R., Benjamin, R., Choi, S. H,. & Simmons L. A. (2016). Understanding multiple behavioral risk factors for cancer in rural women. Public Health Nursing. (Impact factor: 0.90).

Choi, S. H., Terrell, J. E., Fowler, K. E., McLean, S. A., Ghanem, T., …, & Duffy, S. A. (2016). Socioeconomic and other demographic disparities predicting survival among head and neck cancer patients. Plos One. 11(3): e0149886. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149886 (Impact factor: 3.53).

Honors and Awards

2018 - Choi, S. H., & Stommel, M. “The role of smoking in the relationship between multiple health behaviors and all-cause mortality among U.S. adults”. New Investigator Award Winner for Best Abstracts. Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco.

Current Research

Most recently, Dr. Choi conducted an online survey study with dual-smoker couples where both members smoke. She and her team found that the majority of dual-smoker couples engaged in multiple health behaviors and preferred technology-based smoking cessation interventions, such as web-based interventions and/or smartphone apps over face-to-face interventions.

Courses Taught

 NUR3405 Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

NUR2030 Pathophysiology Related to Nursing Practice

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