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Oh, Sehun, PhD

Oh, Sehun, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: He/Him

614-292-5239 |

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Dr. Sehun Oh’s research interests are in poverty, behavioral health, and social welfare policy, which are grounded in his experience and educational background in economics, sociology, public health, and social welfare. In particular, he examines barriers and facilitators of human capital development among youth and parents with employment barriers; consequences of precarious employment and economic hardship on drug use/overdose; and the development and evaluation of employment-focused programs to support disadvantaged youth and parents achieve self-sufficiency over the life course. Currently, his research focuses on (1) understanding the role of local economic structure and opportunities in the current drug use/overdose crisis in low-income and marginalized communities, (2) examining the effects of state safety-net policies on educational attainment among unmarried mothers (funded by the Spencer Foundation), (3) identifying high growth firms in Northeast Ohio experiencing economic decline and understanding drivers of their growth (funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation), and (4) how entrepreneurship training can be used to facilitate socioeconomic integration and promote behavioral well-being among refugees in central Ohio (funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation). Dr. Oh currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Welfare and as a co-chair of the Society for Social Work and Research’s Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviors cluster.


PhD - The University of Texas at Austin, 2019 - Social Work
MSW - Yonsei University, South Korea, 2014 - Family Welfare and Social Insurance
MA - University of Rochester, 2008 - Economics
BA - University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2006 - Economics

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral epidemiology (esp. drug use/misuse and overdose)
Poverty and economic inequality
Education and job training
Social welfare policy
Children, youth, and families

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students

Poverty and economic inequality
Social welfare policy
Behavioral epidemiology
Advanced statistical methods (longitudinal data analysis, causal inference)