Postdoctoral Scholar
Specialty: Health informatics, gerontechnology, human-computer interaction, user-centered design

Yong K. Choi is a postdoctoral scholar in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, mentored by Assistant Professor Katherine Kim. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of patient-and consumer-focused health technologies that empower older adults to better manage their health and well-being.

Choi earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He completed a Master of Public Health in health policy and management from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health and earned a doctoral degree in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington.

Choi’s ongoing research expands on his recently completed doctoral work at the University of Washington. His dissertation work explored the feasibility of using Internet-of-Things (IoT) smart home devices for older adults’ health management and care delivery in their home setting. The study also assessed older adults’ attitudes, needs and preferences of an IoT smart home system. The results demonstrated successful implementation of IoT smart home devices within the actual living environment of older adults and that older adults generally had a positive attitude toward IoT smart home technologies to support their health management. Additionally, the dissertation work highlighted suggestions to improve a future IoT smart home system targeted for older adults.

As part of his graduate preparation, Choi was the recipient of the University of Washington Retirement Associations Fellowship in Aging. His dissertation research was highlighted by the University of Washington’s immersive stories project that profiles innovative and high-impact work.