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Dr. Kyong Hee Chee

Professor and Graduate Coordinator

MS in Dementia and Aging Studies Program

Office: UAC 468

Voicemail: (512) 245-4760


As the Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Science in Dementia and Aging Studies (MSDA) program, Dr. Chee regularly teaches Seminar on Aging, Gender and Aging in Society, and Theoretical Perspectives in Aging and Dementia at the graduate level. She also teaches undergraduate-level courses such as Life Course Sociology and Aging & Society. She enjoys mentoring her students with their research projects.

Dr. Chee specializes in aging and the life course, family, and community. She is presently conducting research on arts-based programs for persons living with dementia, and is also working on an intergenerational WellnessDance project in collaboration with Social Work and Dance faculty members. Her articles appear in top-tier peer-reviewed journals such as Aging & Mental Health, the Journal of Aging and Health, The Gerontologist, and Innovation in Aging.

Dr. Chee currently serves on the Editorial Board of Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. She is the primary convener of the Alliance of Researchers in Aging (ARIA) at Texas State, partnering with several local organizations.

Awards and Honors

Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, 2018.

College Achievement Award for Excellence in Service, Texas State University, 2015.

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service, College of Liberal Arts, Texas State University, 2013.

Dean Nominee, Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2011.

Civic Engagement in an Older America Project Senior Scholar Award, the Gerontological Society of America, 2008.

2006 Sociological Spectrum Article of the Year, Mid-South Sociological Association, 2006.

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005.

Media Recognition

Hillviews, Vol. 50 No. 3, 2019:

Dr. Kyong Hee Chee studies aging in communities

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:

Local seniors and Texas State students find their zen together

San Marcos Daily Record, January 27, 2019:

Texas State and Price Center again partner for exercise study of seniors

Selected Publications

Kim, Eun Hae, Kyong Hee Chee, Clay DeStefano, Anna Broome, and Brenda Bell. (2021) “Retention in Intergenerational Exercise Classes for Older Adults: A Mixed Method Research Study.” Educational Gerontology. 47:6, pp. 269-284. DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2021.1923132.

Lee, Hyun Ji, and Kyong Hee Chee. 2020. “‘Without Feeling Guilty’: Filial Piety and Eldercare in Twenty-First-Century Korea.” In Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking Aging and Elder Care in Contemporary East Asian Societies, edited by Jeanne L. Shea, Katrina Moore, and Hong Zhang. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 279-305.

Kim, Seoyoun, Kyong Hee Chee, and Olga Gerhart. 2020. “Generativity in Creative Storytelling: Evidence from a Dementia Care Community.” Innovation in Aging, 4:2, igaa002.

Pan, Xi and Kyong Hee Chee. 2020. “The Power of Weak Ties in Preserving Cognition: A Longitudinal Study of Older Chinese Adults.” Aging & Mental Health. 24:7, pp. 1046-1053. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2019.1597015

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, Sen Keya, and Stanley Rusk Ingman. 2020. “Elder Care in Iran: A Case with a Unique Demographic Profile.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy, pp. 1-15. (PMID 31992153)

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, Maximiliano Mendieta, and Shan Parker. 2019. “Online Engagement and Cognitive Function among Senior Adults.” Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 19:9, pp. 918-923. DOI:10.1111/ggi.13749

Amini, Reza, Kyong Hee Chee, James Swan, Maximiliano Mendieta, and TimMarie Williams. 2019. “The Level of Cognitive Impairment and Likelihood of Frequent Hospital Admissions.” Journal of Aging and Health. 31:6, pp. 967-988. DOI: 10.1177/0898264317747079

Kim, Seoyoun, Kyong Hee Chee, and Olga Gerhart. 2017. “Redefining Generativity: Through Life Course and Pragmatist Lenses.” Sociology Compass. 11:11, e12533. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12533

Chee, Kyong Hee. 2012. “For the Aging Multicultural World: Gerontology ‘Texting’.” The Gerontologist. 52:5, pp. 726-731.

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. (PMID 20927198)

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