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Jung Kwak | Associate Professor

Stephanie Key

Email Jung Kwak

Phone: 512 471-7945

Office: NUR 4.146
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Dr. Kwak received her Ph.D. in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida and her M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar (Cohort 11) as well as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow. She also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Dr. Kwak’s research focuses on long-term care policy, dementia care and end-of-life decision-making. Her recent funded research projects include a study on decision-support needs among dementia caregivers, a pilot study on a decision-support coaching program for family caregivers, and a study of the effects of personalized music listening on nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Her research on dementia care and end-of-life decision-making has been featured in various news and media outlets including the Associated Press, USA Today, and Consider the Conversation, a documentary film about end-of-life care. Dr. Kwak is committed to conducting translational research with community partners to promote evidence-based patient-focused, family-centered support interventions for culturally diverse families.

  • Co- Principal Investigator, Values and Preferences in Dementia Family Caregivers’ End-of-Life Decision-Making (Principal Investigator: Bo Xie), Population Health Initiative, Population Research Center, University of Texas-Austin ($30,000).
  • Co-Investigator. Medication Self-management in African American Older Women (Ellis, PI). National Institutes of Nursing Research. 1P20NR015339-01 (Self-Management Science Center at UW-Milwaukee, Schiffman, PI) ($60,000).
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Individualized Music Listening for Dementia Nursing Home Residents Using Accelerometers and MDS Dataset, funded by the Helen Bader Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services ($40,000). 2015-2016
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Music and Memory Program among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia, funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Civil Money Penalty Funds ($96,765). 2014-2016
  • Project Director, Salary for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Award, funded by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Office of Undergraduate Research ($12,000). 2014
  • Consultant, primary consultant to assist data analysis and report preparation for the Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University ($25,000). 2013
  • Principal Investigator, Decisional Conflict at the End-of-Life: The Needs of Surrogates for Persons with Dementia, funded by the Hartford Foundation - Hartford Faculty Scholars Program in Geriatric Social Work ($100,000). 2010-2012
  • Principal Investigator, Surrogate Decision Support Needs among Caregivers of Advanced Parkinson’s Disease Patients, funded by the Regional Parkinson’s Disease Center ($10,000). 2010-2011
  • Principal Investigator, End-of-Life Care Coordination in the Wisconsin Family Care Program in Milwaukee County: A Case Study, funded by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging ($19,995). 2008
  • Project Director, Assessing a Care Management Protocol to Strategically Support Family Caregivers (Principal Investigator: Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, UW-Milwaukee), funded by the Langeloth Foundation and the National Alzheimer’s Association ($515,551). 2007-2010
  • Project Director, Wounded Warriors Support Program (Principal Investigator: Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, UW-Milwaukee), sub-award from Texas Agrilife Extension Service ($744,327). 2009-2012

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Noh, H. & Kwak, J. (published online May 9, 2016). End-of-life decision making for persons with dementia: Proxies’ perception of support. Dementia.
  • Kwak, J., Larwelle, J.A., O’Connell Valuch, K., & Kesler, T. (2016). Role of advance care planning in proxy decision-making among persons with dementia and their family caregivers. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9, 72-80.
  • Gao, X., Sun, F., Ko, E., Kwak, J. & Shen, H.W. (2015). Perceptions and knowledge of end-of-life care in Chinese American elders: The role of acculturation. Palliative & Supportive Care, 13, 1677-1684.
  • Ko, E., Kwak, J., & Nelson-Becker, H. (2015). What constitutes a good and bad death?: Perspectives of homeless older adults. Death Studies, 39(7), 422-432.
  • Kwak, J., Wallendal, M., Fritsch, T, Leo, G. & Hyde, T. (2014). End-of-life decision making preferences among surrogates of persons with Parkinson disease. Southern Medical Journal, 107(3), 17-185.
  • Kwak, J. & Polivka, L. (2014). The future of long-term care and the aging network. Generations, 38 (2), 67-73.
  • Kwak, J., Ko, E.J. & Kramer, B.J. (2014). Advance care planning practice with elders of diverse ethnic backgrounds and needs. Health & Social Care in the Community, 22, 169-177.
  • Kwak, J., Kramer, B., Lang, J., & Ledger, M. (2013). Care management for frail elders at the end of life: A case study of Wisconsin Family Care program. Research on Aging, 35, 393-419.
  • Maschi, T., Kwak, J., Ko, E. J., & Ko, E., & Morrissey, M.B. (2012). Forget me not: Dementia in prison. The Gerontologist, 52, 441-451.
  • Kwak, J., Montgomery, R.J.V., Kosloski, K., & Lang, J. (2011). The impact of TCARE® on service recommendation, use, and caregiver well-being. The Gerontologist, 51, 704-713.
  • Montgomery, R.J.V., Kwak, J., Kosloski, K., & O’Connell Valuch, K. (2011). Effects of the TCARE® intervention on caregiver burden and depressive symptoms: Preliminary findings from a randomized, controlled study. The Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66, 640-647.
  • Montgomery, R.J.V., Kwak, J., Rowe, J.M. (2011). Advancing social work practice with family caregivers. Indian Journal of Gerontology. 25, 553-575.
  • Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Allen, J., Kwak, J., Salmon, J., & Haley, W.E. (2010). Willingness to use hospice among Korean American older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 352-356.
  • Fritsch, T., Kwak, J., Montgomery, R. J. V., Lang, J., & Basting, A.D. (2009). Impact of TimeSlips, a creative expression intervention, on nursing home staff and residents with dementia. The Gerontologist, 49, 117-127.
  • Kwak, J., Haley, W. E., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2008). Racial differences in hospice use and in-hospital death among Medicare and Medicaid dual-eligible nursing home residents. The Gerontologist, 48, 32-41.
  • Montgomery, R. J.V., & Kwak, J. (2008). Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) process: An evidence-based model for effectively supporting caregivers. American Journal of Nursing 108(9), Supplement, 54-57.
  • Polivka, L., & Kwak, J. (2008). Medicare privatization and the erosion of retirement security. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 20, 340-352.
  • Kwak, J., & Salmon, J. R. (2007). Attitudes and preferences of Korean American elders and caregivers on end-of-life care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55, 1867-1872.
  • Kwak, J., Salmon, J. R., Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., & Egan, K. (2007). Benefits of training family caregivers on experiences of closure during end-of-life care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 33, 434-445.
  • Kwak, J., & Haley, W. E. (2005). Current research findings on end-of-life decision making among racially or ethnically diverse groups. The Gerontologist, 45, 634-641.
  • Salmon, J. R., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., & Egan, K. (2005). Transformative aspects of caregiving at life’s end. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 22, 188-194.
  • Salmon, J. R., Kwak, J., Acquaviva, K., Brandt, K., & Egan, K. (2005). Validation of the Caregiving at Life’s End Questionnaire. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 29, 121-191.
  • Allen, S. R., Kwak, J., Lokken, K. L., & Haley, W. E. (2003). End of life issues in the context of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Care Quarterly, 4, 312-330.

Book Chapters

  • Burton, A.M., Kwak, J. & Haley, W. E. (In press). Elder caregiving. In C. Spielberger (Ed.) Encyclopedia of applied psychology (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp 703-711). Oxford: Elsevier
  • Montgomery, R.J.V., & Kwak, J. (2016). Theories Guiding Support Services for Family Caregivers. In Bengtson, V.C. & Settersten, R.A. (Eds), Handbook of Theories of Aging. New York: Springer.
  • Kwak, J. & Collet, E.P. (2013). Diversity at the end of life. In Werth, J. L. (Ed.), Counseling clients near the end of life: Practical perspectives on fundamental issues. New York: Springer.
  • Kwak, J., Allen, J. Y., & Haley, W. E. (2011). Advance care planning and end-of-life decision making. In P. Dilworth-Anderson & M. H. Palmer (Eds.), Annual review of gerontology and geriatrics: Pathways through the transitions of care for older adults (Vol. 31, pp. 143-165). New York: Springer.
  • Haley, W.E. & Kwak, J. (2010). Gerontology. In Weiner, I.B. & Craighead, W.E. (Eds). The concise Corsini encyclopedia of psychology and behavioral science (4th ed., Vol. 2, pp.399-401). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Branch, L.G., Evashwick, C. J., & Kwak, J. (2005). Clients of the continuum. In Evashwick, C. J. (Ed.), Continuum of long-term care (3rd ed., pp.15-28). California: Delmar Thomson Learning.

Technical Reports

  • Kwak, J., & O'Connell Valuch, K. (2016). Music and Memory Program Evaluation: White Paper.
  • Kwak, J., Brondino, M., O'Connell Valuch, K., & Feay-Shaw, S. J. (2016). Evaluation of the Music and Memory Program among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Interim Report to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • Kwak, J., O'Connell Valuch, K., & Maeda, H. (2016). Evaluation of Individualized Music Listening for Dementia Nursing Home Residents Using Accelerometers and MDS Dataset (Project Number 15765): Final Report to Bader Philanthropies.
  • Kwak, J., Brondino, M., O'Connell Valuch, K., & Feay-Shaw, S. J. (2015). Evaluation of the Music and Memory Program among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Quarterly Report to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
  • Kwak, J. (2013). Cost-Effectiveness of Home- and Community-Based Programs in the U.S.: Review of the Current Literature. Report prepared for the Claude Pepper Center, Florida State University.
  • Montgomery, R.J.V., Kwak, J., Rowe, J.M., Jacobs, J., Lang, J., O’Connell Valuch, K., & Wallendal, M. (2010). Improving Options for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and Their Caregivers in the State of Georgia: Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral® Project Final Report. Prepared for the Georgia Division of Aging Services.
  • Kwak, J., & Kramer, B. (2009). End-of-life Care Coordination in the Wisconsin Family Care Program in Milwaukee County: A Case Study. Prepared for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging Care Management Organization.
  • Montgomery, R.J.V., Rowe, J.M., & Kwak, J. (2008). Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral TCARESM Project Progress Report. Prepared for the Georgia Division of Aging Services.
  • Chiriboga, D.A., Cho, S., Jang, Y., Phillips, K., Kwak, J. et al (2007). Racial and Ethnic Behavioral Health Disparities: Cultural Competence in Nursing Homes. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. University of South Florida.
  • Chiriboga, D.A., Kwak, J., et al. (2006). Disparities in the Pre and Post Admission Characteristics of Medicaid Beneficiaries Admitted to Nursing Facilities. Tampa, FL: Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. University of South Florida.
  • Mitchell, G. E., Kwak, J., Chiriboga, D. A., & Haley, W. E. (June, 2006). Cost Savings Associated with End-of-Life Care: Comprehensive Analyses of End-of-Life Services Utilization and Outcomes among Florida Medicaid Beneficiaries. Prepared for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Mitchell, G. E., Kwak, J., & Li, Y. (June, 2005). Hospice length of stay among Florida Medicaid consumers. Prepared for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Mitchell, G. E., Li, Y., & Kwak, J. (June, 2005). Acute care and long-term care utilization reporting by contractors for the Integrated Long-Term Care Nursing Home Diversion program: January – December 2004 utilization experience. Prepared for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
  • Mitchell, G. E., Li, Y., & Kwak, J. (March, 2005). Acute care and long-term care utilization reporting by contractors for the Integrated Long-Term Care Nursing Home Diversion program: April – December 2003 utilization experience. Prepared for Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Other

  • Kwak, J. & Haley, W.E. Differing Views of End-of-Life Care Among Major US Ethnic Groups. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM). Web lesson online.

Editorials, Reviews, and Interviews

  • Online News and radio Interview - Interviewed by Tom Luljak of UWM Today about the Music and Memory Evaluation project (published online on February 19, 2015), Dementia & Music: Can Listening to One's Favorite Song Improve One's Memory?
  • Online News and Video Interview - Interviewed by Carrie Antlfinger of the Associated Press about the Music and Memory Evaluation project (published online on October 30, 2014), Wisconsin studies music and memory program, click here to view the Studying Effects of Music on Dementia Patients video.
  • TV News Interview - Interviewed by Bridget Shanahan of TMJ4 about the Music and Memory Evaluation project (published online on November 5, 2014).
  • Newspaper Interview - Interviewed by Kim Painter of the USA Today about Music and Memory evaluation project (published online on July 16, 2014), Music ignites lost memories in 'good-news' film.
  • Radio Program Interview - Interviewed by Stephanie Lecci for “Lake Effect” on Milwaukee Public Radio (aired on June 11, 2014) about Music and Memory evaluation project, If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?
  • TV Program Appearance - A panel member to discuss education and training of health care professionals working with older adults in the 4th Street Forum: Impending Tsunami, Part 2: As We Age, Who Will Care for Us? on a Milwaukee Public Television which aired on February 21, 2014(MPTV Channel 36.1) and February 23, 2014 (MPTV Channel 10.1). 
  • Ratio Program Interview - Interviewed by Stephanie Lecci for “Lake Effect” on Milwaukee Public Radio (aired on September 25, 2012) regarding surrogate decision making.
  • TV Program Appearance - A panel member to discuss end-of-life care issues in the 4th Street Forum: Dying Wisely and Well on aMilwaukee Public Television which aired on April 20, 2012(MPTV Channel 36.1) and April 22, 2012 (MPTV Channel 10.1).
  • Documentary Film Appearance - Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject (2011). The film documents the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with historical shift that has occurred with dying and addresses issues related to communication and planning for end-of-life. Produced by Mike Bernhagen & Terry Kaldhusdal.