Sung Seek Moon

BA in Christian Education, Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary
MDiv, Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary
MA in Christian Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
MSW, University of South Carolina
PhD in Social Work, University of Georgia
Full Curriculum Vita
Research Interests
  • Mental health among racial minority groups
  • Influence of social contexts and environments
  • Addictive disorders
  • Substance abuse prevention in adolescents
Selected Publications

Moon, S.S., Kim, Y.J., & Danielle Parrish (2020). Understanding the Linkage Between Parental Monitoring, School Academic Engagement, Substance Use, and Suicide Among Adolescents in U.S.. Child & Youth Care Forum. DOI: 10.1007/s10566-020-09570-5

Kim, Y.J., Quinn, C.R., Moon, S.S. (In press). Buffering effects of social support and parental monitoring on suicide. Health and Social Work.

Moon, S.S., Boyas, J., & Kim, Y.K. (2019). Using a classification tree modeling approach to predict cigarette use among adolescents in the United States. Substance Use and Misuse. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1653323

Kim, Y.K., Kim, Y., Maleku, A., & Moon, S.S. (2019). Typologies of peer victimization, depression, and alcohol use among high school youth in the United States: Measuring gender differences, Social Work in Public Health, 34, 293-306. DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2019.1606750

Kim, Y.J., Seay, K., Moon, S.S., Kim, J.K., & Lee, J.H. (2018). Types of stressors and bullying perpetration among female adolescents in Korea. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 28, 936-947. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2018.1485603

Kim, Y.J., Moon, S.S., Lee, J.H., Kim, J.K. (2018). Risk factors and mediators on suicidal ideation among Korean adolescents. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 39, 4-12. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000438

Yoon, S., Moon, S.S., & Pitner, R. (2018). Effective treatments for the management of late life depression in long term care facilities: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice, 28, 116-130. DOI: 10.1177/1049731515621165

Yoon, S., Park, J.K., Moon, S.S., & Park, J.E., Lee, K. (2017). The effect of psychosocial work conditions and job satisfaction on intention to quit among long-term care workers in Korea. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 36, 96-111.

Lee, K., Jun, J.S., Moon, S., Kim, Y., Roh, S., Bukonda, N. (2017).  Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide among Homeless Adults. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 14, 229-242. DOI: 10.1080/23761407.2017.1316221

Boyas, J., Kim, Y., Moon, S.S., Ruiz, E., & Gaines, K. (2017). Drug and alcohol use and its relationship to self-rated health: An ecological examination between Latino and Non-Hispanic White adolescents, Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 454-466. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.11.020

Moon, S.S., Karlson, A., & Kim, Y.J. (2016). Peer victimization and adolescent suicide: The mediating effect of risk behaviors. Child & Adolescents Social Work Journal, 32, 257-268. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-014-0365-1

Moon, S.S., Kim, H.Y., Seay, K., Kim, Y.K., Small, E. (2015). Ecological factors of being bullied among adolescents: A regression tree approach. Child Indicators Research, 9, 743-756. DOI: 10.1007/s12187-015-9347-x

Moon, S.S., Blakey, J., Boyas, J., & Kim, Y.J. (2014). The influence of parental, peer, and school factors on Marijuana use among Native American adolescents. Journal of Social Service Research, 40, 147-159. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2013.865578

Corbett, C., & Moon, S.S. (2013). Top-down eco-systems of social bonding on juvenile violent behavior: Gender sensitive analysis. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30, 461-486. DOI: 10.1007/s10560-013-0299-z

Kim, Y.K. & Moon, S.S. (2013). Multiple predictors of Korean elderly men's leisure participation. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 23, 485-499. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2013.772434

Gracie, B., Moon, S.S., & Basham, R. (2012). Inadequate health literacy among elderly immigrants: Characteristics, contributing and service utilization factors. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. 22, 875-895. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2012.707930

Kim, Y.J., & Moon, S.S., Kim, M. (2011). Multiple predictors of adolescent’s suicidal behavior. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 28, 421-438.

Moon, S.S., & Rao, U. (2011). The effects of school activities, extra-curricular activities, and anti-substance use media messages on adolescent tobacco and alcohol use. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 21, 475-489.

Lee, J., & Moon, S.S., & Hegar, R. (2011). Mathematics Skills in Early Childhood: Exploring Gender and Ethnic Patterns. Child Indicators Research, 4, 353-368. DOI: 10.1007/s12187-010-9088-9

Moon, S.S.. & Kang, S-Y., Jitpitaklert, W., & Kim, S.B. (2011). Religious involvement, physical health, psychological distress, and smoking behavior among older adults. Expert Systems with Applications: An International Journal, 39, 445-451.


Dr. Moon joined the Garland School of Social Work in the fall of 2019, as the Carl and Martha Lindner Endowed Chair for Global Studies. Dr. Moon received his PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia in 2002. His major research interest is in immigrant children and youth’s mental health and substance use. His interests were, in part, influenced by the emphasis of the role of socio-environmental factors in human development within the social work profession. Through his doctoral and post-doctoral research, Dr. Moon has consistently developed his interest in minority mental health and substance use.