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Han, Sae Hwang
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Sae Hwang Han

Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences


I am accepting new doctoral students in 2021. Application deadline is December 1, 2020.
saehwang.han@utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-5606

Office Location
SEA

Postal Address
108 E DEAN KEETON ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Education 

Ph.D., M.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
M.A., Yonsei University, Republic of Korea 
B.S.,  Yonsei University, Republic of Korea

Academic Positions

2019 – Present   Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, UT Austin
2019 – Present   
Faculty Research Associate, Population Research Center, UT Austin

Research Interests

The overarching objective of Han's research is to contribute to the scientific literature on social relationships and health in middle and later adulthood. Han's current research interests center around examining health consequences of social and productive engagement in middle and later adulthood, with a particular focus on examining how various forms of helping behaviors (e.g., formal volunteering, informal helping, or caregiving) influence behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying health. Another stream of his research focuses on examining dyadic processes underlying coupled individuals’ health behaviors and health outcomes in mid- and late-life, demonstrating how individuals draw from one’s own and partners’ social relationships for the betterment of their health. Han’s research employs longitudinal data from national surveys, such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS).

Diversity & Inclusion

Ever since coming to the U.S. for my graduate studies in 2013, I have been extremely fortunate to have been in a series of welcoming environments to learn and grow. I am thus committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for learning and conducting research through my teaching and mentoring here at UT Austin. In my research I join my colleague gerontologists at UT in conducting research that highlights the many contributions older adults make for their families and the society, thereby helping to fight the stigma associated with old age and ageism. I conduct research that is based on national, representative samples from the U.S. and abroad, focusing on diverse cultural, historical, and socioeconomic contexts to help us better understand the heterogeneity in the aging process. I am especially focused on producing high-impact research with policy implications that would promote healthy and graceful aging among disadvantaged populations.

 

Select Publications

Han, S. H. (2021). Health consequences of retirement due to non-health reasons and poor health. Social Science & Medicine, 273, 113767. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113767

Han, S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2021). Activity limitations and depressive symptoms among older couples: The role of spousal care. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 76, 360-369. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz161

Han, S. H., Roberts, J. S., Mutchler, J. E, Burr, J. A. (2020). Volunteering, polygenic risk for Alzheimer's disease, and cognitive functioning among older adults. Social Science & Medicine, 253, 112970. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112970

Han, S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2020). Stress-buffering effects of volunteering on daily well-being: Evidence from the National Study of Daily Experiences. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 75, 1731-1740. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz052

Han, S. H., Wu, B., & Burr, J. A. (2020). Edentulism, dental care service use, and trajectories of cognitive functioning among older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 32, 744-752. doi: 10.1177/0898264319851654

Han, S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2019). Social support and preventive healthcare behaviors among couples in later life. The Gerontologist, 59, 1162-1170. doi:10.1093/geront/gny144

Han, S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2019). Friendship and depression among couples in later life: The moderating effects of marital quality. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74, 222-231. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx046

Han S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2018). Stress-buffering effects of volunteering on salivary cortisol: Results from a daily diary study. Social Science and Medicine, 201, 120-126. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.02.011

Han, S. H., Tavares, J. L., Evans, M., Saczynski, J., & Burr, J. A. (2017). Social activities, incident cardiovascular disease, and mortality: Health behaviors mediation. Journal of Aging and Health, 29, 268-288. doi:10.1177/0898264316635565

I am accepting new doctoral students for Fall 2021. The application deadline is December 1, 2020, for the Human Development and Family Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin. Please email me at saehwang.han@utexas.edu for more information and questions.