Dong-Chul Seo

Professor
Applied Health Science

Statistical Consultant
School of Public Health-Bloomington

seo@indiana.edu
(812) 855-9379
PH 028

Education
  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2003
  • Indiana University, M.S., 1994
  • Seoul National University, B.B.A, 1987
Courses
  • Q502 Intermediate Statistics in Public Health
  • Q602 Multivariate Statistical Analysis
Background
  • President for 2014-2015 and Board of Directors for 2010-2016, American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB)
  • Editorial Board, World Journal of Methodology, 2011-2019
  • Grant Reviewer, NSF, FAMRI, and Florida Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Grant
  • Director, Tobacco, Obesity, and Behavior Wellness Research Working Group (TobWell), 2006-present
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Fictional Stability and Lived Precariousness in Korean Society: Multidimensional, Life-course and Multilevel Approach (2015-2018), funded by the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF-2015S1A3A2046566)
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of indoor and outdoor smoking ban policy of the Seoul Metropolitan City (2015), funded by Seoul City (20151001473-00).
  • Principal Investigator, Model development to predict youth in crisis of suicide and cyberbullying and real-time consultation modules through social big data analysis (2014-2015), funded by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (I0114-14-1016)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Epi-Demos-cracy of Disease, Health, and Happiness:  Application of Mixed Methods and Fuzzy-set QCA (2013-2015), funded by the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF-2012S1A3A2033416)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Process and long-term evaluation of a lifestyle intervention for metabolic syndrome (2010-2013), funded by the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF-2010-0004016)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Welborn Baptist Foundations's HEROES (Healthy, Energetic, Ready, Outstanding, Enthusiastic, Schools) Initiative to Prevent Childhood Obesity (2009-2014), funded by the Welborn Baptist Foundation (4443017)
  • Principal Investigator, Effect of Campus-wide Smokefree Air Policy on Students' Tobacco Use, Belief and Quit Attempts and Intentions (2008-2010), funded by the RTI International (5-312-0210172)
  • Principal Investigator, Prevention of High-Risk Drinking (2007-2009), funded by the US Department of Education (Q184H070007)
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Black and Minority Health Fair Follow-up Health Counseling and Education Program (2006-2008), funded by the Indiana State Department of Health (EDS A70-6-008002)
  • Principal Investigator, Effect of Bloomington and Monroe County public smoking ban on incidence of acute myocardial infarction and secondary analysis of Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey data set (2005-2006), funded by the American Institutes for Research (00001-1784.009)
Research Interests

Dr. Seo’s research is focused on risk factors of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, such as obesity, physical inactivity, and tobacco use, using policy, socio-ecological, and behavioral approaches. He also conducts research on suicidal ideation, precariousness and perceived exposure to risk factors most of which is based on big data analysis.

Awards & Honors:

Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, 5 times in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, & 2013

President of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB), 2014-2015

Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB)

Selected Publications

Song, J., Song, T. M., Seo, D.-C., & Jin, J. H. (in press). Data Mining of Web-Based Documents on Social Networking Sites That Included Suicide-related Words Among Korean Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.07.025.  (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Chen, C.-C., Lin, H.-C., & Seo, D.-C. (in press). Medicare Part D implementation and associated health impact among older adults in the United States. International Journal of Health Services. (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Lederer, A. M., King, M. H., Seo, D.-C., & Kim, N. (in press). The impact of a school-based vegetable taste testing pilot program.  Californian Journal of Health Promotion.

Li, K., Liu, D., Haynie, D., Gee, B., Chaurasia, A., Seo, D.-C., Iannotti, R. J., & Simons-Morton, B. (in press; to be published December 2016). Individual, social, and environmental influences on the transitions in physical activity among emerging adults. BMC Public Health. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3368-3. 

Wang, C., Seo, D.-C., & Geib, R. W. (in press). Developing a mind-body exercise programme for stressed children. Health Education Journal.  doi: 10.1177/0017896916652433. (Online First, June 2016).   (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Park, J.-Y., Seo, D.-C., & Lin, H.-C. (2016). E-cigarette use and intention to initiate or quit smoking among US youths.  American Journal of Public Health, 106(4), 672-678.  doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302994. (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Sa, J., Heimdal, J., Sbrocco, T., Seo, D.-C., & Nelson, B. (2016). Overweight and physical inactivity among African American students at a historically Black university. Journal of the National Medical Association, 108(1), 77-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jnma.2015.12.010. (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Lee, C. G., Seo, D.-C., Middlestadt, S. E., & Lin, H.-C. (2015). Does the relationship between cigarette smoking and other key lifestyle behaviors vary by geographic area among U.S. young adults? A multi-level analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22(4), 481-488. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9452-0. (PMID: 25424168) (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Seo, D.-C., King, M. H., Kim, N., Sovinski, D., Meade, R., & Lederer, A. M. (2015). Predictors for persistent overweight, deteriorated weight status, and improved weight status during 18 months in a school-based longitudinal cohort. American Journal of Health Promotion, 30(1), 22-27. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.131118-QUAN-585.  (Corresponding Author: Seo).

McIntire, R. K., Nelson, A. A., Macy, J. T., Seo, D.-C., & Kolbe, L. J. (2015). Secondhand smoke exposure and other correlates of susceptibility to smoking: A propensity score matching approach. Addictive Behaviors, 48, 36-43. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.04.009.

Lin, H.-C., Park, J.-Y., & Seo, D.-C. (2015). Comprehensive US statewide smoke-free indoor air legislation and secondhand smoke exposure, asthma prevalence, and related doctor visits: 2007-2011. American Journal of Public Health, 105(8), 1617-1622. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302596. (Corresponding Author: Seo).

Seo, D.-C. & Niu, J. (2015). Evaluation of Internet-Based Interventions on Waist Circumference Reduction: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(7), e181 (pp. 1-13). doi: 10.2196/jmir.3921. (Corresponding Author: Seo).

Zhang, J., Guo, X.L., Seo, D.-C., Xu, A.Q., Xun, P.C., Ma, J.X., Shi, X.M., Li, N., Yan, L.X., Li, Y., Lu, Z.L., Zhang, J.Y., Tang, J.L., Ren, J., Zhao, W.H., & Liang, X.F. (2015). Inaccuracy of self-reported low sodium diet among Chinese: Findings from baseline survey for Shandong & Ministry of Health Action on Salt and Hypertension (SMASH) Project. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, 28(2), 161-167. doi: 10.3967/bes2015.022.

Lederer, A. M., King, M. H., Sovinski, D., Seo, D.-C., & Kim, N. (2015). The relationship between school-level characteristics and implementation fidelity of a coordinated school health childhood obesity prevention intervention. Journal of School Health, 85(1), 8-16.

Sa, J., Seo, D.-C., Nelson, T. F., Lohrmann, D. K., & Ellis, N. T. (2015). Binge drinking and drinking and driving among South Korean international college students in the USA. Health Education Journal, 74(1), 84-95. doi: 10.1177/0017896914521599. (Corresponding Author: Seo).

Li, K., Seo, D.-C., & Torabi, M. R. (2015). Measuring outcome expectancy value of leisure-time physical activity for African Americans. Behavioral Medicine, 41(1), 33-39. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2014.881775.

Kim, S., Kim, H., Seo, D.-C., Lee, D. H., & Cho, H.-I. (2014). Suicidal ideation and its correlates among juvenile delinquents in South Korea. Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives, 5(5), 258-265. doi: 10.1016/j.phrp.2014.08.007.

Zhang, J., Astell-Burt, T., Seo, D.-C., Feng, X., Kong, L., Zhao, W., Li, N., Li, Y., Yu, S., Feng, G., Ren, D., Lv, Y., Wang, J., Shi, X., Liang, X., & Chen, C. (2014). Multilevel evaluation of ‘China Healthy Lifestyles for All,’ a nationwide initiative to promote lower intakes of salt and edible oil. Preventive Medicine, 67, 210-215. doi:  10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.019.

Kim, N., Seo, D.-C., King, M. H., Lederer, A. M., & Sovinski, D. (2014). Long-term predictors of blood pressure among adolescents during an 18-month school-based obesity prevention intervention. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55(4), 521-527. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.04.011. (Corresponding Author: Seo)

McIntire, R. K., Macy, J. T., Seo, D.-C., Nelson, A. A., & Kolbe, L. J. (2014). Secondhand smoke exposure in cars and in rooms: trend comparisons among subpopulations of non-smoking U.S. middle and high school students. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(6), 663-671. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntt207.

Niu, J., Seo, D.-C., & Lohrmann, D. K. (2014). Weight perception and dietary intake among Chinese youth, 2004-2009. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(4), 691-699. doi: 10.1007/s12529-013-9332-z. (Corresponding Author: Seo)

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Chin, M. K., Lee, C. G., Kim, N., Huang, S.-F., Chen, C. K., Mok, M. M. C., Wong, P., Chia, M, & Park, B.-H. (2014). Physical activity, body mass index, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking among East Asian college students. Health Education Journal, 73(4), 453-465. doi: 10.1177/0017896913485744.  (Corresponding Author: Seo)

 Seo, D.-C. & Niu, J. (2014). Trends in underweight and overweight/obesity prevalence in Chinese youth, 2004-2009. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 21(4), 682-690. doi: 10.1007/s12529-013-9322-1.  (Corresponding Author: Seo)

King, M. H., Lederer, A. M., Sovinski, D., Knoblock, H. M., Meade, R., Seo, D.-C., & Kim, N. (2014). Implementation and evaluation of the HEROES Initiative: A tri-state coordinated school health program to reduce childhood obesity. Health Promotion Practice, 15(3), 395-405.

Lee, C. G. & Seo, D.-C. (2013) Trajectory of suicidal ideation in relation to perceived overweight from adolescence to young adulthood in a representative United States sample. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 712-716. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.013 (Corresponding Author: Seo).

Seo, D.-C., King, M. H., Kim, N., Sovinski, D., Meade, R., & Lederer, A. M. (2013). Predictors for moderate- and vigorous-intensity physical activity during an 18-month coordinated school health intervention. Preventive Medicine, 57, 466-470. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.06.024.

Sa, J., Seo, D.-C., Nelson, T. F., & Lohrmann, D. K. (2013). Cigarette smoking among Korean international college students in the U.S. Journal of American College Health, 61(8), 454-467. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.832253 (Corresponding Author: Seo).

Seo, D.-C., Owens, D., Gassman, R., & Kingori, C. (2013). Effects of a 2.5-year campus-wide intervention to reduce college drinking. Health Education Journal, 72(6), 673-683. doi: 10.1177/0017896912460927.

Seo, D.-C. & Lee, C. G. (2013). The effect of perceived body weight on suicidal ideation among a representative sample of US adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36(5), 498-507. doi: 10.1007/s10865-012-9444-y.

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Kim, N., Lee, C. G., & Choe, S. (2013). Smoking among East Asian college students: Prevalence and correlates. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(2), 199-207. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.2.7.

Zhang, J., Seo, D.-C., Kolbe, L., Middlestadt, S., & Zhao, W. (2012). Associated trends in sedentary behavior and BMI among Chinese school children and adolescents in seven diverse Chinese Provinces. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 342-350. doi: 10.1007/s12529-011-9177-2.

Bodde, A. E., Seo, D.-C., Frey, G. C., Van Puymbroeck, M., & Lohrmann, D. K. (2012). The effect of a designed health education intervention on physical activity knowledge and participation of adults with intellectual disabilities. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(5), 313-316. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.100408-ARB-112 .

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Chin, M. K., Huang, S.-F., Chen, C. K., Mok, M. M. C., Wong, P., Chia, M., Lee, C. G., & Wang, C. (2012). A comparison of factors associated with physical inactivity among East Asian college students. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 19, 316-323. doi: 10.1007/s12529-011-9167-4.

Middlestadt, S. E., Macy, J. T., Seo, D.-C., Jay, S. J., & Kolbe, L. J. (2012). The combined effect of behavioral intention and exposure to a smoke-free air law on taking measures to quit smoking. Health Promotion Practice, 13(4), 553-558. doi: 10.1177/1524839910386221.

Seo, D.-C. & Lee, C. G. (2012). Association of school nutrition policy and parental control with childhood overweight. Journal of School Health, 82(6), 285-293.

Li, K., Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Peng, C.-Y. J., Kay, N. S., & Kolbe, L. J. (2012). Social-ecological factors of leisure-time physical activity among Black adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(6), 797-810. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.6.7.

Bodde, A. E., Seo, D.-C., Frey, G. C., Lohrmann, D. K., & Van Puymbroeck, M. (2012). Developing a physical activity education curriculum for adults with intellectual disabilities. Health Promotion Practice, 13(1), 116-123. doi: 10.1177/1524839910381698.

Macy, J. T. Middlestadt, S. E., Seo, D.-C., Kolbe, L., & Jay, S. J. (2012). Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior to explore the relation between smoke-free air laws and quitting intentions. Health Education & Behavior, 39(1), 27-34. doi: 10.1177/1090198111404702.

Seo, D.-C. & Li, K. (2012). Longitudinal trajectories of perceived body weight: adolescence to early adulthood. American Journal of Health Behavior, 36(2), 242-253.

Seo, D.-C. & Huang, Y. (2012). Systematic review of social network analysis in adolescent cigarette smoking behavior. Journal of School Health, 82(1), 21-27.

Seo, D.-C. (2011). Lessons learned from a Black and Minority Health Fair’s 15-month follow-up counseling. Journal of the National Medical Association, 103, 897-906.

Seo, D.-C., Macy, J. T., Torabi, M. R., & Middlestadt, S. E. (2011). The effect of a smoke-free campus policy on college students’ smoking behaviors and attitudes. Preventive Medicine, 53, 347-352. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.07.015.

Jiang, N., Kolbe, L. J., Seo, D.-C., Kay, N. S., & Brindis, C. D. (2011). Health of adolescents and young adults: Trends in achieving the 21 Critical National Health Objectives by 2010. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49, 124-132. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.04.026.

Zhang, J., Seo, D.-C., Kolbe, L., Lee, A., Middlestadt, S., Zhao, W., & Huang, S. (2011). Comparison of overweight, weight perception, and weight-related practices among high school students in 3 large Chinese cities and 2 large U.S. cities. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48(4), 366-372. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2010.07.015.

Chassin, L., Presson, C. C., Sherman, S. J., Seo, D.-C., & Macy, J. T. (2010). Implicit and explicit attitudes predict smoking cessation: Moderating effects of experienced failure to control smoking and plans to quit. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 24(4), 670-679. doi: 10.1037/a0021722.

Zhang, J., Seo, D.-C., Kolbe, L., & Middlestadt, S., & Zhao, W. (2010). Trends in overweight among school children and adolescents in seven Chinese Provinces, 1991-2004. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity (currently Pediatric Obesity), 5(5), 375-382. doi: 10.3109/17477161003592592.

Seo, D.-C. & Li, K. (2010). Leisure-time physical activity dose-response effects on obesity among US Adults: results from the 1999-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64, 426-431. doi: 10.1136/jech.2009.089680

Li, K., Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Peng, C.-Y. J., Kay, N. S., & Kolbe, L. J. (2010). Leisure-time physical activity and obesity in Black adults in Indianapolis. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34(4), 442-452.

Chassin, L., Macy, J. T., Seo, D.-C., Presson, C. C., & Sherman, S. J. (2010). The association between membership in the sandwich generation and health behaviors: A longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 38-46. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2009.06.001.

Seo, D.-C. & Sa, J. (2010). A meta-analysis of obesity interventions among U.S. minority children. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46, 309-323. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.202.

Oh, H.-K., Seo, D.-C., & Kozub, F. M. (2010). The emotional reactions to challenging behavior scale-Korean (ERCBS-K): modification and validation. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 27, 17-31.

Flood, M. T., Nies, M. A., & Seo, D.-C. (2010). Successful aging: selected indicators in a southern sample. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 22(2), 111-115. doi: 10.1177/1084822309343945.

Seo, D.-C. & Li, K. (2009). Effects of college climate on students’ binge drinking: hierarchical generalized linear model. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 262-268. doi: 10.1007/s12160-009-9150-3.

Bodde, A. E., Seo, D.-C., & Frey, G. (2009). Correlation between physical activity and self-rated health status of non-elderly adults with disabilities. Preventive Medicine, 49, 511-514. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.10.004.

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Jiang, N., Fernandez-Rojas, X., & Park, B.-H. (2009). Correlates of college students’ physical activity: Cross-cultural differences. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 21(4), 421-432. doi: 10.1177/1010539509344112.

Seo, D.-C. & Jiang, N. (2009). Associations between smoking and extreme dieting among adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 1364-1373. doi: 10.1007/s10964-009-9421-0.

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., Jiang, N., Fernandez-Rojas, X., & Park, B.-H. (2009). Cross-cultural comparison of lack of regular physical activity among college students: universal versus transversal. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 16(4), 355-359. doi: 10.1007/s12529-008-9029-x.

Sherman, S. J., Chassin, L., Presson, C. C., Seo, D.-C., & Macy, J. T. (2009). The intergenerational transmission of implicit and explicit attitudes toward smoking: Predicting adolescent smoking initiation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 313-319. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2008.09.012.

Seo, D.-C. (2009). Comparison of school food policies and food preparation practices before and after the local wellness policy among Indiana high schools. American Journal of Health Education, 40, 165-173. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2009.10599091.

Seo, D.-C., Jiang, N., & Kolbe, L. J. (2009). Association of smoking with body weight in US high school students, 1999-2005. American Journal of Health Behavior, 33(2), 202-212.

Seo, D.-C., Bodde, A. E., & Torabi, M. R. (2009). Salient environmental and perceptual correlates of current and established smoking for 2 representative cohorts of Indiana adolescents. Journal of School Health, 79(3), 98-107.

Bodde, A. E. & Seo, D.-C. (2009). A review of social and environmental barriers to physical activity for adults with intellectual disabilities. Disability and Health Journal, 2(2), 57-66. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2008.11.004.

Chassin, L., Presson, C. C., Seo, D.-C., Sherman, S. J. Macy, J. T., Wirth, R. J., & Curran, P. (2008). Multiple trajectories of cigarette smoking and the intergenerational transmission of smoking: A multi-generational, longitudinal study of a Midwestern community sample. Health Psychology, 27(6), 819-828. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.27.6.819.

Seo, D.-C. & Sa, J. (2008). A meta-analysis of psycho-behavioral obesity interventions among US multiethnic and minority adults. Preventive Medicine, 47(6), 573-582. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.12.010.

Seo, D.-C., Torabi, M. R., & Weaver, A. E. (2008). Factors influencing openness to future smoking among nonsmoking adolescents. Journal of School Health, 78(6), 328-336.

Seo, D.-C., Nehl, E., Agley, J., & Ma, S.-M. (2007). Relations between physical activity and behavioral and perceptual correlates among Midwestern college students. Journal of American College Health, 56(2), 187-197.

Macy, J. T., Seo, D.-C., Chassin, L., Presson, C. C., & Sherman, S. J. (2007). Prospective predictors of long-term abstinence versus relapse among smokers who quit as young adults. American Journal of Public Health, 97(8), 1470-1475. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2006.101386.

Seo, D.-C. & Torabi, M. R. (2007). Differences in vigorous and moderate physical activity by gender, race/ethnicity, age, education, and income among US adults. American Journal of Health Education, 38(3), 122-128. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2007.10598957.

Seo, D.-C. & Torabi, M. R. (2007). Reduced admissions for acute myocardial infarction associated with a public smoking ban: matched controlled study. Journal of Drug Education, 37(3), 217-226. doi: 10.2190/DE.37.3.a.

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