Hyojin ChoiGraduate Studentshe/her/hers

My research interests focus on the diverse challenges of family caregivers. I am currently exploring the relationships among care burden, resilience, subjective age, and well-being. I am also interested in developing policy to support family caregivers and older adults.

I taught HDFS363: Development from Adolescence to Old Age in summer 2023 and HDFS363: Development from Adolescence to Old Age in summer 2022. I was a guest lecturer for the UW–Madison Population Health Sciences course Cancer Epidemiology (PHS750) on cancer caregiving in fall 2022, as well as for the Stress and Resilience in Families Across the Lifespan course (HDFS 516) on aging, social support, and caregiving in fall 2021, spring 2022, and fall 2022.

I received my BS and MS in Child Development and Family Sciences from Kyung Hee University in South Korea. Upon graduating with my master’s degree, I worked at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs as a research assistant. In this role, I undertook a variety of projects focusing on the causes of low fertility, work-life imbalance of working women, and population policy. Currently, I am a graduate student working with Dr. Kristin Litzelman on a study of informal caregivers’ mental health and pathways for them to access treatment.

Awards and Recognition

  • Two-Year Graduate School Fellowship, Graduate School, UW–Madison, Aug. 2019-May 2020
  • Dean’s Award, Kyung Hee University, Feb. 2007

Selected Publications and Presentations

Choi, H., Reblin, M., & Litzelman, K. (2023). Conceptualizing family caregivers’ use of community support services: A scoping review. The Gerontologist, gnad039.

Litzelman, K., Choi, H., Maher, M., & Harnish, A. (2021). How do spouses of cancer survivors engage with mental healthcare? An exploratory analysis of visit characteristics. Psycho‐Oncology, 30(11), 1973-1981.

Litzelman, K., Choi, H., Maher, M. E., & Harnish, A. (2020). Role of cancer survivor health and health service use in spouses’ use of mental health–related care. Cancer, 127(7), 1146-1153.

Choi, H., & Litzelman, K. (2022). Resource Utilization among Family Caregivers: Individual and Neighborhood Characteristics. Paper presentation at the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Choi, H., & Litzelman, K. (2022). The relationship between caregiving transition and subjective age. Poster presentation at the Institute on Aging’s 32nd Annual Colloquium, Madison, WI.

Professional portrait of Hyojin Choi in front of a decorative window with bright colored glass circles and curved lines.


  • Human Development & Family Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Human Development & Family Studies


  • BS and MS, Child Development and Family Sciences, Kyung Hee University (South Korea)