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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Dong Pil Yoon

Dong Pil Yoon

Dong Pil Yoon, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor

701 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 882-0916
Fax: [573] 882-8926
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997; MSW, West Virginia University, 1989; BA, Yon Sei University, 1985.

Research Interests:

Religiousness/Spirituality: Human Diversity; Gerontology; Rural Social Work; Welfare Reform.

Teaching Interests:

Policy Analysis; Evaluative Research Methods; Advanced Quantitative Research Methods.

Research and Scholarly Activity:

The Effects of Religiosity/Spirituality on Physical and Mental Health

Dr. Yoon’s research interests have centered on religiosity and spirituality and how they affect both physical and mental health. He explores the impact of religiosity/spirituality on quality of life among people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and disabilities such as spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. The overall findings of his research support a growing body of literature documenting a positive relationship between religiosity, spirituality, and mental/physical health.   

Dr. Yoon spends a great deal of time on teaching. He teaches Social Justice/Social Policy I & II and Social Statistics in the BSW program, Research Methods in Social Work in the MSW program, and Advanced/Multivariate Statistical Methods for PhD students. He emphasizes the integration between theory, research methods, statistics and social policy analysis. His goal is to “train students to become warriors and gladiators to make society a better place with a warm heart and hard head.”

Dr. Yoon continues to ask questions about the theory of knowledge as follows: What can we really know? How can we be certain that we have the truth? How can we be certain that we know anything at all? What is knowledge, and how is it different from belief? If we know something, must we know that we know it? He has been fascinated with philosophy of science and research. He is interested in the contemporary shift in social work research paradigms including positivism, logical positivism, and social constructionism. He engages in an epistemological debate as to the best approach to building new knowledge in practice and/or policy. Dr. Yoon is also very interested in the differences and similarities between physical and social sciences.