Jung Sim Jun, Ph.D, MSW

Associate Professor of Social Work

Sim Jun
Affiliate Gerontology Faculty, Center on Aging
Affiliate Faculty Scientist, Johnson Cancer Research Center
Faculty Advisor, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work

Contact Information

Office: 250 Waters Hall
Office phone: 785-532-4980


Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2017

M.S.W., Wichita State University, 2012

B.Ed., Kang-Nam University, South Korea, 1997

Sim is an associate professor of Social Work. She has taught Macro Practice & Theory, Research Methods & Analysis I and II, and Global Social Work courses. Her research has focused on improving psychological, social, and physical health amog older adults. The research topics include health disparities and cancer health literacy among minority and immigrant older adults; risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms among older caregivers of HIV children; technology use, acceptance, and the psychological well-being among minority older adults including American Indians and Korean Americans; social isolation, social connection, and psycho/social health of rural older adults. Sim has been actively mentoring undergraduate and graduate students for their different research projects. She has served as a member of Gerontology Faculty at Center on Aging, Faculty Scientist at Johnson Cancer Research Center, and Community Advisory Committee faculty member and Phi Alpha advisor in the Social Work program.

Courses Taught

  • SOCWK 330 Social Work Research Methods & Analysis I
  • SOCWK 530 Social Work Research Methods & Analysis II: Applied Research
  • SOCWK 568 Social Work Macro Practice & Theory
  • SOCWK 620 Global Social Work

Research Interests

  • Health disparities and health literacy among minority older adults
  • Cancer health literacy and technology supported prevention programs for older immigrants
  • Psychological and social well-being and technology use among rural older adults
  • Stress, social support, and psychological health of older adults

Awards and Grants

  • 2022-2025: AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) R15 Grant, National Institutes of Health (Co-PI; Contractor
  • March 2022: Scholar in Global & Intercultural Competence Award, Center for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice, Council on Social Work Education
  • May 2021: K-State Global Campus Excellence in Online Teaching Award
  • January 2021: Professor of the Week Recognition, K-State Faculty Senate Office
  • 2021-2022: University Small Research Grant, Kansas State University (PI)
  • May 2021: Teaching and Mentoring Award, K-State University Honors Program
  • 2020-2021: Open/Alternative Textbook Initiate Award, Kansas State University
  • 2019-2020: University Small Research Grant, Kansas State University (PI)
  • 2019-2020: Faculty Enhancement Program Award, K-State College of Arts & Sciences
  • 2015-2017: Fellowship, Minority Fellowship Program, Council on Social Work Education

Selected Publications

  1. Kalomo, E.N., Jun, Jung Sim, & Lee, K.H. (2022). The impact of depressive symptoms and social support on resilience among older adult caregivers. Journal of Health Care for Women International, 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2022.2052072
  2. Kalomo, E. N., Shamrova, D., Jun, Jung Sim, Kalb, A., & Mgori, N. K. (2022). Risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms among youth living with HIV in Namibia. African Journal of AIDS Research, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2022.2041054
  3. Kalomo, E. N., Jun, Jung Sim, & Lee, K. H. (2022). Older caregivers of children living with HIV or AIDS in Namibia: The association between loneliness, depression, and life satisfaction. Journal of Practice, Teaching, and Learning, 19(1-2), 87-110.
  4. Kalomo, E. N., Shamrova, D., Jun, Jung Sim, Mgori, N. K., & Kalb, A. (2021). Psychosocial factors affecting self-esteem among youth living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Namibia. African Journal of Social Work, 11(5), 273-282. https://africasocialwork.net/current-and-past-issues/
  5. Jun, Jung Sim, Kremer, K., Marseline, D., Lockett, L., & Kurtz, D. (2021). Effective social work online education in response to COVID-19. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 41(5), 520-534. doi:10.1080/08841233.2021.1978614
  6. Kalomo, E. N., Jun, Jung Sim, & Lee, K. H. (2021). Social support, religiosity, and depression among older caregivers of HIV/AIDS children in rural Namibia. Journal of Social Work in Mental Health, 20(1), 26-43. doi:10.1080/15332985.2021.1964676
  7. Kalomo, E. N., Jun, Jung Sim, Lee, K. H., & Mgori, N. K. (2021). Depressive symptoms among older adults with HIV in Namibia: The role of social support and spirituality. African Journal of AIDS Research, 1-7. doi: 10.2989/16085906.2020.1853188
  8. Jun, Jung Sim, Galambos, C. & Lee, K. H. (2020). Information and Communication Technology Use, Social Support, and Life Satisfaction among Korean Immigrant Elders. Journal of Social Service Research, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/01488376.2020.1848969
  9. Kalomo, E. N., Jun, Jung Sim, Lee, K. H., & Mgori, N. K. (2020). HIV stigma, resilience, and depressive symptoms among older adults living with HIV in rural Namibia. African Journal of AIDS Research, 1-8. doi: 10.2989/16085906.2020.1797841
  10. Lee, Y. S., Roh, S., Jun, Jung Sim, Goins, R. T., & McKinley, C. E. (2020). Cervical cancer screening behaviors among American Indian women: Cervical cancer literacy and health belief model. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 1531-3212. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2020.1730285
  11. Jun, Jung Sim, Lee, K. H., & Roh, S. (2019). Technology acceptance, social support, and life satisfaction among rural American Indian elders. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2019.1702606
  12. Galambos, C. M., Rantz, M., Craver, A., Bongiorno, M., Pelts, M., Holik, A., & Jun, Jung Sim. (2019). Living with intelligent sensors: Older adult and family perceptions. Computers, Informatics, Nursing:CIN. doi:10.1097/CIN.0000000000000555
  13. Kim, Y. J., Boyas, J. F., Lee, K. H., & Jun, Jung Sim. (2019). Suicidality among homeless people: Testing the mediating effects of self-efficacy and depression. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 29(7), 922-936. doi:10.1080/10911359.2019.1639579