Yoona Lee

Term Assistant Professor of Psychology

Professor Lee's research interests include school bullying, parenting/discipline, child maltreatment (abuse and neglect), and children/adolescent psychosocial and risk behaviors in developmental and cross-cultural perspectives. Before coming to Barnard, she has been teaching and doing research at Brandeis as a postdoctoral fellow and adjuct faculty for three years after getting her PhD there. She ran a combined developmental research lab (Child and Adolescent Research on Development lab) with three professors at Brandeis, while advising undergraduate and graduate students with their research projects.

Professor Lee has been using Springfield Child Development Project as a co-investigator for her major research; it is a 7-year longitudinal study with 4-time points sponsored by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that consists of European, African and Hispanic American mother-child dyads to investigate child and adolescent development. 

She serves as a reviewer for several SSCI journals, including Child Development, Child Abuse & Neglect, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Journal of Family Violence.

Back in Korea, s a licensed counselor, she worked with both bullying and victimized adolescents through a bullying intervention program administered by the Education Council of Seoul. Also, in Boston, she was involved as a statistical consultant with a bullying intervention project working with the developers of the program from Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and Education Development Center. She evaluated the school bullying intervention program for school age-children in school and community settings. Based on her previous academic and field experiences in bullying, she developed a new empirically-based course related to school bullying behaviors, and the course program was awarded for Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) that provides $30,000 grant. 


Lee, Y., & Watson, M. W. (in preparation). The timing and frequency effects of bullying and victimization on aggression and social problems in adolescence.


Lee, Y., & Watson, M. W. (in preparation). The moderating effect of ethnic family environment and disciplinary contexts on the association between physical discipline and peer bullying and victimization.


Chad-Friedman, E., Lee, Y., Liu, X., & Watson, M. W. (2018). The effects of visual arts pedagogies on children’s intrinsic motivation, creativity, artistic skill, and realistic drawing ability. Jounal of Creative Behavior


Lee, Y., & Watson, M. W. (2017). Corporal punishment and child aggression: Ethnic-level family cohesion as a moderator. Journal of Interpersonal Violence


Lee, Y., Watson, M. W., & Liu, X. (2016). The timing effect of bullying in childhood and adolescence on developmental trajectories of externalizing behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(17), 2775-2800.


Lee, Y. (2016). Covert and Overt Forgiveness and Apology Patterns with Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Perspectives. Invited Mini Review by Journal of Trauma and Treatment.


Lee, Y., Watson, M. W. & Lee, K. (2015). The relation of physical discipline to bullying behaviors across different families and ethnicities. Students, Teachers, and Leaders Addressing Bullying in Schools.  Las Cruces, NM: Sense Publishing,https://www.sensepublishing.com/


Lee, Y., Malley-Morison, K, Watson, M. W., & Jang, M. (2014). Hierarchies of child maltreatment types as a function of perceived severity in European Americans, Korean Americans and Koreans. Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 220-229.


Lee, Y., Malley-Morrison, K., & Watson, M. W.  (2011). How victims and offenders use forgiveness and apology: relation of self and other responses. Forgiveness: Promise, Possibility and Failure149, 185-195. Probing the Boundaries. New England: Inter-Disciplinary Press, ISBN. http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/


Hahm, H. C., Lee, Y., Ozonoff, A. & Van Wert, M. J. (2010). The impact of multiple types of child maltreatment on subsequent risk behaviors among women during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 528-540.


Lee, Y., Jang, M., & Malley-Morison, K. (2008). Perception of child maltreatment in European American, Korean Americans, and KoreansInternational Psychology Bulletin, 12, 13-16.  


Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.A., Boston University
M.A., Yonsei University, South Korea

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