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Dr. Kyong Hee Chee

Kyong Hee Chee, Ph.D., F.G.S.A.

Associate Professor

Graduate Coordinator, M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies

Office: UAC 468

Phone: (512) 245-4760



Dr. Kyong Hee Chee obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Iowa State University, after graduating from Sogang University with an M.B.A and from Seoul National University with a B.F.A. She previously taught at Georgia Southern University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. At Texas State University, she is currently an associate professor in Sociology, and also serves as a graduate coordinator for the M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies program. She participated in the development and launching of this interdisciplinary program.

Dr. Chee’s research interests include aging and the life course and community development. Her research projects revolve around the concepts of social capital and generativity in the context of elder care and dementia care. Her articles appear in top-tier peer-reviewed journals such as Aging & Mental Health, the Journal of Aging and Health, and The Gerontologist. One of her articles was awarded the Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year designation in 2006. In addition, she has the honor of receiving the Civic Engagement in an Older America Project Senior Scholar Award from the Gerontological Society of America in 2008 for her paper entitled “Predicting Retirees’ Interest and Participation in their Communities.” She is presently conducting research on arts-based programs for persons living with dementia, and also on an intergenerational WellnessDance project in collaboration with Social Work and Dance faculty members. She has been elected to be a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She serves on the Editorial Board of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.

Dr. Chee regularly teaches Gender and Aging in Society, Seminar on Aging, and Theoretical Perspectives in Aging and Dementia at the graduate level. She also teaches Aging and Society, and Life Course Sociology at the undergraduate level. Dr. Chee was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2005, and was the Dean Nominee for the Presidential Award in Excellence in Teaching at Texas State University. Dr. Chee has also been recognized for her extensive service by Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service in 2013 and Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Service in 2015.

Media Recognition


The Sunday Times (The Times of London), August 18, 2019:

“Weak ties: Why casual acquaintances might be the key to happiness”


KRNS5 (CBS affiliate in San Antonio, TX), March 12, 2019:


San Marcos Daily Record, January 27, 2019:

Selected Publications

Lee, Hyun Ji, and Kyong Hee Chee. “Filial Piety and Elder Care in the 21st Korea.” In Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking Aging and Eldercare in Contemporary East Asian Societies, edited by Jeanne L. Shea, Katrina Moore, and Hong Zhang. New York: Berghahn Books. (Refereed) (Forthcoming in 2020)

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, Sen Keya, and Stanley Rusk Ingman. “Elder Care in Iran: A Case with a Unique Demographic Profile.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy. (Refereed) (In press)

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, Maximiliano Mendieta, and Shan Parker. 2019. “Online Engagement and Cognitive Function among Senior Adults.” Geriatrics & Gerontology International. DOI:10.1111/ggi.13749. (Refereed)

Pan, Xi and Kyong Hee Chee. 2019. “The Power of Weak Ties in Preserving Cognition: A Longitudinal Study of Older Chinese Adults.” Aging & Mental Health. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2019.1597015. (Refereed)

Chee, Kyong Hee, Olga Gerhart, and Seoyoun Kim. 2019. Story Time: Creative Group Storytelling. Texas State University.

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, James Swan, Maximiliano Mendieta, and TimMarie Williams. 2017. “The Level of Cognitive Impairment and Likelihood of Frequent Hospital Admissions.” Journal of Aging and Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264317747078. (Refereed)

Kim, Seoyoun, Kyong Hee Chee, and Olga Gerhart. 2017. “Redefining Generativity: Through Life Course and Pragmatist Lenses.” Sociology Compass. 11:11. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12533. (Refereed)

Chee, Kyong Hee (Ed.). 2015. The Life Course in Context. San Diego, California: Cognella Inc.

Chee, Kyong Hee. 2013. “For the Aging Multicultural World: Gerontology ‘Texting’.” The Gerontologist. 52:5, pp. 726-731. (Refereed)

Kotarba, Joseph A., Kyong Hee Chee, Yvonne Lozano, Gloria Martinez-Ramos, and Amy Russell. 2013. Needs Assessment Study of Human Services. The Center for Social Inquiry, Texas State University.

Chee, Kyong Hee. 2012. Head Start Program Community Needs Assessment 2012. The Center for Social Inquiry, Texas State University.

Chee, Kyong Hee, Rand D. Conger, and Glen H. Elder, Jr. 2009. “Mother’s Employment Demands, Work-Family Conflict, and Adolescent Development.” International Journal of Sociology of the Family. 35:2, pp. 189-202. (Refereed)

Lee, Hyun Ji, Kae Hwa Jo, Kyong Hee Chee, and Yun Ju Lee. 2008. “The Perception of Good Death among Human Service Students in South Korea: A Q-Methodological Approach.” Death Studies. 32:9, pp. 870-890. (Refereed)

Chee, Kyong Hee. 2008. “Factors Associated with an Age Group’s Community Participation in a Community Context.” Hallym International Journal of Aging. 10:1, pp. 63-76. (Refereed)

Chee, Kyong Hee. 2006. “Community Mobilization in the Context of Population Aging.” Sociological Spectrum. 26:1, pp. 43-61. (Refereed)

* The Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year

Chee, Kyong Hee, Nathan W. Pino, and William L. Smith. 2005. “Gender Differences in the Academic Ethic and Academic Achievement.” College Student Journal. 39:3, pp. 604-618. (Refereed)