Mansoo Yu

Mansoo Yu



Department of Public Health and School of Social Work

Director, Center for Children and Families Across Cultures

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Research Summary

Dr. Yu’s research focuses on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior.


  • PhD, Washington University, 2006
  • MSW, Washington University, 2001
  • MA, Yonsei University, 2000
  • BA, Sungkyunkwan University, 1998

Teaching interests

Research Methods and Design; Principles of Epidemiology; Inequality and Disparities in Health; Program Evaluation; Knowledge Building: Theory

Research interests

  • Health-Risk Behaviors (e.g., tobacco and other substance use problems, physical inactivity)
  • Interactions between Mental Health and Physical Health
  • Epidemiologic Research
  • Population Health and Health Promotion
  • Adolescent Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Research with Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, and Vulnerable/Underserved Populations
  • International and Cross-Cultural Research

Research and scholarly activity

Call for manuscript submissions

Dr. Yu is the guest editor for a special issue of Children titled “Promoting Positive Development in Children and Adolescents: Social Emotional Skills, Internalizing Symptoms, and Externalizing Behaviors.” This issue focuses on promoting social and emotional competence while addressing internalizing and externalizing issues among children and adolescents.

Manuscript submissions are due June 10, 2024. Researchers are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Yu with questions.

Dr. Yu’s research has been focused on health disparities and the interconnections of mental health, physical health, and health risk behavior. Each of these components of a person’s life impacts the others. Dr. Yu compares different segments of populations, particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, to identify problems and issues around these aspects of people’s lives. His goal is to generate scientific evidence that practitioners in the field can use to better meet the needs of their clients.

Dr. Yu’s research was recognized by the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) as he was inducted as the SSWR Fellow in 2017 and received the Distinguished Research Award from the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences. In addition, Dr. Yu has a joint appointment with the School of Social Work and the Department of Public Health. He was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, founded by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1924, to be recognized for his achievements in public health research and engagement.

Selected publications

Han, K., Yu, M., Kehinde, O. (2024). Effectiveness of different online intervention modalities for middle-aged overweight and obese adults: A 20-year systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Prevention 45, 123-157.

Rudy, D., Han, S., & Yu, M. (2023). South Korean adolescents’ delinquency, disclosure, parental knowledge, parent-child closeness, and delinquent peer associations. Journal of Research on Adolescence 33 (2), 514-529.

Foell, A., Amano, T., Newransky, C., Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Yu, M., Horton, D., Enelamah, N., & Riffer, A. (2023). Stress-biomarkers in Black youth: Exploring community and household correlates. Journal of Urban Health.

Hodge, D.R., Yu, M., & Kim, A.* (2021). Ranking disciplinary social work journals: Comparing faculty perceptions with two citation-based approaches. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, 12 (1), 109-129.

Yu, M., Sacco, P., Choi, H., & Wintemberg, J. (2018). Identifying patterns of tobacco use among youth in the United States: Sociodemographic and tobacco-related correlates. Addictive Behaviors, 79, 1-7.


  • 2024 Faculty of the Year Award, The University of Missouri Department of Public Health
  • 2019 Distinguished Research Award, The University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences
  • 2018 Instructor of the Year Award, The University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program
  • 2010 Instructor of the Year Award, The University of Missouri Master of Public Health Program
  • 2009 Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, The University of Missouri School of Social Work

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