Hwayoung Cho PhD, RN
About Hwayoung Cho
Dr. Cho teaches undergraduate and/or graduate Nursing and Nursing Informatics courses including Applied Statistical Analysis I/II, Nurse Scientist and Scholar, State of Science, and Nursing Informatics and Information Management.
Dr. Cho’s research has focused on using technology for underserved populations in order to reduce health disparities, promote health outcomes and improve health-related quality of life. Her research work focuses on translating existing health information into informatics tools such as mobile health interventions to facilitate the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based health information for underserved communities, specifically racial and ethnic minorities and those from low-socioeconomic groups who face barriers to accessing health information.
Dr. Cho holds memberships in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Academy Health, Sigma Theta Tau International, and Eastern Nurses Research Society. Her service activities include serving on professional association committees such as AMIA 2019 Informatics Summit Scientific Program Committee- Clinical Research Informatics, reviewing manuscripts; reviewing grants for Sigma.
Honors & Awards
License of Registered NurseMinistry of Health and Welfare, Korea
License of Hospital Service CoordinatorKorea Association for Service, Korea
Nurse-Teacher’s certificateMinistry of Education, Korea
Nursing Professional/Care ProviderGyeonggi Province, Korea
Dr. Cho’s areas of expertise are nursing informatics, mobile health, usability, symptom science, innovative methods, and underserved populations. Her recent research focuses on how to design and tailor technology-based interventions for vulnerable groups. Technology-based intervention have the potential to be an effective delivery mode of health information for underserved populations with chronic diseases because these populations often face barriers to accessing health information. An important part of her research is evaluating the usability of health information technology with an in-depth understanding of interactions between user, system, task, and real-world environment. As usability factors are major obstacles to technology adoption, usability must be considered before and after prototyping takes place to support the quality of technology in use. Dr. Cho has conducted multi-level usability evaluations using the most appropriate evaluation methods at each stage throughout the development process of the technology, including both quantitative as well as qualitative approaches, such as an innovative eye-tracking method, a card sorting technique, a heuristic evaluation, a cognitive walk-through, think-aloud protocols, focus groups and in-depth interviews.