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Han, Sae Hwang

Sae Hwang Han

Assistant Professor
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences


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).

Select Publications

Han S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2019). 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. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz052

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., Wu, B., & Burr, J. A. (2019). Edentulism, dental care service use, and trajectories of cognitive functioning among older adults. Journal of Aging and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0898264319851654

Han S. H., Kim, K., & Burr, J. A. (2018). Social support and preventive healthcare behaviors among couples in later life. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/gny144

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