Moka Yoo-Jeong, BSN, RN

Emory University PhD

Ms. Moka Yoo-Jeong received her BS in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin where she worked as a student researcher in a supramolecular chemistry lab constructing peptide-based sensors used to differentiate wine varietals and also in a social psychology research study examining behavioral manifestations of individual’s personality. She continued her education at Emory University, where she received a BS in nursing. While pursuing her BSN, Ms. Yoo-Jeong was also involved in a Quality Improvement project at a rural clinic in West Virginia, where the clinic mainly served adult/older adult patients with multiple and complex chronic conditions. Close contact with such patients has instilled Ms. Yoo-Jeong’s research interest in aging in vulnerable and underrepresented populations with complex chronic conditions, such as those aging with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Yoo-Jeong is currently pursuing PhD in Nursing at Emory University and is also in the process of becoming an adult-gerontological nurse practitioner. Ms. Yoo-Jeong’s research interest is focused on the intertwining associations between psychosocial factors, emotion regulation, and behavioral regulation. Her dissertation research will examine the effects of social isolation on an important self-management behavior (i.e., adherence to routine clinic visits) and emotion regulation in older patients living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Yoo-Jeong’s goals are to establish a strong foundation of research and Adult/Gero specialty, to utilize her education and research expertise to educate nursing students and nurses, and to ensure high quality care for patients aging with complex chronic conditions like those aging with HIV/AIDS


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Aging/Geriatrics/Long-term care
Dissertation: Social Isolation and Retention in Care among Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDS

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