Seoyoon Woo, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor

Seoyoon WooDr. Seoyoon Woo received her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Michigan in December 2019, then worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Larson’s lab until joining the SON faculty at the UNCW. Before her graduate studies, she worked as a med-surge nurse, a paralegal nurse, and a clinical research coordinate in South Korea. All the experiences built her scientific interests.

Woo's research centers on understanding how psychological stress and distress interact with health-related behaviors in people with chronic conditions. She is particularly interested in learning how visible and invisible experiences of stigma tied to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) influence perceptions of the illness and coping strategies in the context of self-management and quality of life. In her dissertation research, titled Developing and Evaluating a Stigma Scale for People With COPD, she found that people with COPD experience a dual burden, for COPD-related stigma also prompts them to resist managing their COPD. Because no scale existed to reflect their specific experiences with stigma due to COPD, she developed a scale to examine COPD-related stigma, refined it using a cognitive interviewing technique, and evaluated its psychometric properties. For the project, she received two university research grants and had the opportunity to present posters at academic conferences. In addition, the psychometric evaluation phase of the project has been nominated as Distinguished Abstract at the 2020 MNRS Conference.


  • 2019, PhD, Nursing, University of Michigan
  • 2001, BSN, Hallym University

Research Interest(s)

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease-Related Stigma
  • Scale Development
  • Psychological Distress in Chronic Diseases
  • Frailty in Chronic Diseases

Community Engagement

  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Psychometric Society
  • Global Korean Nurses Association
  • North Carolina Korean Nurses Association

View Seoyoon Woo's Curriculum Vitae