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Wonshik Chee

Associate Professor
Phone: 
(919) 684-9092
Office: 
3031 Pearson Building

Dr. Wonshik Chee received a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied mechatronics by developing autonomously driving cars. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Partners for Advanced Transits and Highways (PATH) program at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Chee started his academic career by joining the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and continued his career at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania. At UWM, Dr. Chee started a research partnership that continues to today with Dr. Eun-Ok Im for various technology-based research activities that have achieved four NIH-funded R01 programs since 2003.

Dr. Chee has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers in engineering and nursing science. He also has served as a consultant for various NIH- and foundation-funded studies in the U.S. and those in other countries including Taiwan and South Korea.

Dr. Chee’s technical expertise includes web application development, decision support software development, system identification of biomechanical systems and mechatronic system development. Dr. Chee’s research works and publications with Dr. Im on Internet research methodology are some of the first early works in nursing that used Internet technologies to build nursing knowledge. His publications on Internet research methodology have been widely cited among Internet researchers.

Education

  • PhD - University of California, Berkeley
  • MS - University of California, Berkeley
  • MS - Seoul National University
  • BS - Seoul National University

Research Interests

• Internet research on gender and ethnic differences in health/illness experience of midlife women
• Internet research methodology: Web application architecture, Cloud based system integration
• Decision support computer programs
• System identification and dynamic system modeling (Biomechanics, Pharmacokinetics)
• Experimentation design using mechatronic systems (sensors, actuators)
• Digital signal processing

Awards and Honors

  • 1999 || Faculty/Staff Development Project, Category 2, CIPD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 1993 || Lloyd S. Burr Memorial Fellowship and Allen D. Wilson Memorial Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1989 || Honor for Excellent Graduate, Korean Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers
  • 1989 || Honor for Excellent Graduate, Alumni Association of College of Engineering, Seoul National University
  • 1989 || Summa cum laude, Seoul National University, College of Engineering

Areas of Interest

Internet research methodology

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 26645821 Im, E. and Kim, J. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. The relationships between psychological symptoms and cardiovascular symptoms experienced during the menopausal transition: racial/ethnic differences. Menopause. 23(4); 396-402 PMC4866934
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 27080909 Ko, Y. and Chee, W. and Im, E. Factors Associated With Perceived Health Status of Multiracial/Ethnic Midlife Women in the United States. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 45(3); 378-90
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 25739658 Im, E. and Kim, S. and Tsai, H. and Nishigaki, M. and Yeo, S. A. and Chee, W. and Chee, E. and Mao, J. J. Practical issues in multi-lingual research. Int J Nurs Stud. 54 141-9
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 26881786 Im, E. and Ko, Y. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. Immigration transition and sleep-related symptoms experienced during menopausal transition. Women Health. 1-19
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25871005 Im, E. and Ko, Y. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. Cluster analysis of midlife women's sleep-related symptoms: racial/ethnic differences. Menopause. 22(11); 1182-9 PMC4866935
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26285126 Kang, Y. and Han, Y. and Chang, S. J. and Chee, W. and Im, E. The Psychometric Properties of the Midlife Women's Symptom Index. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 44(5); 600-9
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24879749 Im, E. and Ham, O. K. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. Physical activity and depressive symptoms in four ethnic groups of midlife women. West J Nurs Res. 37(6); 746-66 PMC4344416
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25826460 Im, E. and Ham, O. K. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Cardiovascular Symptoms in Four Major Racial/Ethnic Groups of Midlife Women: A Secondary Analysis. Women Health. 55(5); 525-47 PMC4866936
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 24875592 Im, E. and Chang, S. J. and Chee, W. and Chee, E. and Mao, J. J. Immigration transition and depressive symptoms: four major ethnic groups of midlife women in the United States. Health Care Women Int. 36(4); 439-56 PMC4525474
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25799693 Im, E. and Chang, S. J. and Nguyen, G. and Stringer, L. and Chee, W. and Chee, E. Korean immigrant women's physical activity experience: a situation-specific theory. Res Theory Nurs Pract. 29(1); 10-24

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Web-based Physical Activity Promotion Program

    Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
    ZZRPF3C0011
    Role: Consultant
  • A Web-based Physical Activity Promotion Program and Depressive Symptoms of Midlife Korean Americans

    Office of Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania
    Role: Consultant
  • A Technology-Based Cancer Pain Management Program for Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors

    School of Medicine, Center for Therapeutic Effectiveness Research, University of Pennsylvania
    Role: Consultant
  • A Pilot Intervention Study on Depressive Symptoms of Midlife Korean Americans

    Dr. Dorothy Mereness Endowed Research Fund, University of Pennsylvania
    Role: Consultant
  • To Enhance Breast Cancer Survivorship of Asian Americans

    NIH/NCI
    1R01CA203719-01
    07/2016 to 07/2020
    Role: Co-I
  • A Web-based Self-Management Intervention for Intermittent Urinary Catheter User

    NIH/NINR
    1R21 NR01276301A1
    Role: Consultant
  • An Internet Cancer Support Group for Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors

    Population Science Pilot Project Award, NCI Cancer Center Support Grant and Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
    P30 CA016520
    Role: Consultant
  • Ethnic-specific Midlife Women’s Attitudes toward Physical Activity

    NIH/NINR
    R01 NR010568
    Role: Co-I

    The purpose of this study is to explore attitudes of midlife women from four ethnic groups [Hispanic, Non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African Americans, and N-H Asians] toward physical activity while considering the relationships between their attitudes and their actual participation in physical activity within the ethnic-specific contexts of their daily lives. Data will be gathered via Internet survey and ethnic-specific online forums to allow for a national sample.

  • A Multiethnic Internet Study on Menopausal Symptoms

    NIH/NINR/NIA
    R01 NR008926
    Role: Co-I

    The specific aims are to: a) explore ethnic differences in menopausal symptom experience reported by four of the most common ethnic groups of women across the U.S. (Hispanic, non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African American, and N-H Asian); and b) explore the ethnic-specific contexts of women's daily lives that influence women's self-reported menopausal symptom experience.

  • Cancer Pain Management-Decision Support Computer Program

    NIH/NINR/NCI
    R01 NR007900
    Role: Co-I

    The purpose of this study is to develop a standardized decision support computer program (DSCP) (an expert system) with self-adaptation capabilities that can be used by nurses as an assessment support tool for dealing effectively with gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain experiences based on cancer patients' own views and experiences. The specific aims are to: a) collect data on cancer pain among four ethnic groups (Hispanic, non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic African-American, and non-Hispanic Asian) in the U.S. and determine gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain experiences; and b) develop a DSCP based on these collected data and feedback from oncology nurses.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wonshick Chee and Eun-Ok Im recently published an article entitled "A Culturally Tailored Internet Cancer Support Group for Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors: A randomized controlled pilot intervention study" in the July issue of the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. Co-authors include members of the TICAA research team from Yeouido St.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Eun-Ok Im, Wonshik Chee and the TICAA research team presented at the International Council of Nurses Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and at the 24th Asian Pacific Cancer Conference in Seoul, Korea.

The team also published an article entitled "Improving menopausal symptoms through promoting physical activity: a pilot web-based intervention study among Asian Americans" in the June issue of Menopause.