BongKyoo Choi

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine

Assistant Professor
Public Health

B.S., Seoul National University, Pharmacy


M.P.H., Seoul National University, Public Health


Sc.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell, Work Environment

Phone: 949-824-5130
Email: b.choi@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
100 Theory. Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617


Research
Interests
Occupational epidemiology, work stress theories and methodologies, work stress physiology, occupational ergonomics, worksite health promotion, cross-cultural studies, quality of working life policies, pharmacoepidemiology
   
URLs FORWARD study
   
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
   
Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program
   
Program in Public Health
   
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
   
Academic
Distinctions
2004-2005 Graduate Research Grant Award, University of Massachusetts Lowell
2006-2007. Work Environment Scholarship Award, University of Massachusetts Lowell
2010. Best Abstract Award,4th International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH)- Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors (WOPS) Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2010. Travel Award, Global Obesity Summit 2010, Jackson, MS
2012-present. Member, ICOH Scientific Committee on Cardiology in Occupational Health
2014. Keynote Speaker, 2nd Congress of the Americas on Psychosocial Factors (Mexico City, Oct 14-17, 2014)
2016-present. Member, ICOH Scientific Committee on Work Organization and Psychosocial Factors.
   
Appointments The Kerr Ergonomics Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2007-2008
   
Publications Choi B. (2017). Psychosocial working conditions and suicidal ideation in middle-aged US workers: a longitudinal study.
   
  Juárez-García A, Choi B, Landsbergis P. (2017). Operationalization of effort-reward imbalance and its subdimensions in predicting coronary heart disease [letter]. Epidemiology.
   
  Choi B, Choi S, Jeong J, Lee J, Shu S, Zhu Y. (2017). Relationship between ambulatory heart rate and heart rate variability in professional taxi drivers.
   
  Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall P. (2017). Work organization, health and obesity in urban transit operators: a qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22760
   
  Choi B, Ko S, Kojaku S (2017). Resting heart rate, heart rate reserve, and metabolic syndrome in professional firefighters: a cross-sectional study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. DOI: 10.1002/ajim.22752
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Dobson M, Yang H, Baker D, Seo Y. (2017). A socioecological framework for research on work and obesity in diverse urban transit operators based on gender, race, and ethnicity. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 29:15.
   
  Choi B. (2017). One-year weight change and long-term sickness absence in professional firefighters. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 60(6), 548-556.
   
  Landsbergis PA, Dobson M, LaMontagne A, Choi B, Schnall P, Baker D. (2017). Occupational Stress (Chapter 14). In: Barry S. Levy et al. editors. Occupational and Environmental Health (7th ed). New York: Oxford University Press.
   
  Choi S, Kang D, Park D, Lee H, Choi B. (2017). Developing asbestos job exposure matrix using occupation and industry specific exposure data (1984-2008) in Republic of Korea. Safety and Health at Work, 8(1), 105-115.
   
  Choi B, Juárez-García A. (2017). Language issues in standard questionnaires for assessing psychosocial working conditions: the case of the JCQ and the ERIQ (Chapter 1). In: Cassilde S, Gilson A, editors. Psychosocial Health at Work and Language. International Perspectives toward their Categorizations at Work (ISBN 978-3-319-50545-9). Springer. p 3-18.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Dobson M. (2016). Twenty-four-hour work shifts, increased job demand, and elevated blood pressure in professional firefighters.International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89(7),1111-1125.
   
  Yang H, Hitchcock E, Haldeman S, Naomi S, Lu ML, Choi B, Nakata A, Baker D. (2016).Workplace psychosocial and organizational factors for neck pain in workers in the United States. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(7),549-560.
   
  Choi B, Choi S, Jeong J, Lee J, Shu S, Yu N, Ko S, Zhu Y. (2016). Ambulatory heart rate of professional taxi drivers while driving without their typical psychosocial work stressors: a pilot study. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 28:54.
   
  Choi B, Dobson M, Schnall P, Garcia-Rivas J. (2016). 24-hour work shifts, sedentary work, and obesity in male firefighters. American Journal of Industrial Medicine,59(6), 486-500.
   
  Choi B, Steiss D, Garcia-Rivas J, Kojaku S, Schnall P, Dobson M, Baker D. (2016). Comparison of body mass index with waist circumference and skinfold-based percent body fat in firefighters: adiposity classification and associations with cardiovascular disease risk factors. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 89(3):435-448.
   
  Juárez-García A, Vera A, Blanco G, Gómez V, Hernández E, Jacinto J, Choi B. (2015). Validity of the Effort/Reward Imbalance Questionnaire in Health Professionals from Six Latin-American Countries. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(6), 636-649.
   
  Choi B, Ko S, Ostergren PO. (2015). Validity test of the IPD-Work Consortium approach for creating comparable job strain groups between the Job Content Questionnaire and the Demand-Control Questionnaire. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 28(2), 321-333.
   
  Garcia-Rojas I, Choi B, Krause N. (2015). Psychosocial job factors and biological cardiovascular risk factors in Mexican workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(3),331–351.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Landsbergis P, Dobson M, Ko S, Gomez-Ortiz V, Juárez-Garcia A, Baker D. (2015). Recommendations for individual participant data (IPD) meta-analyses on work stressors and health outcomes: comments on IPD-Work Consortium papers. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 41(3), 299-311.
   
  Yang H, Haldeman S, Nakata A, Choi B, Delp L, Baker D. (2015). Work-related risk factor for neck pain in the United States working population. Spine, 40(3), 184-192.
   
  Choi B, Ko S, Dobson M, Schnall P, Garcia-Rivas J, Israel L, Baker D. (2014). Short-term test-retest reliability of the Job Content Questionnaire and Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire items and scales among professional firefighters. Ergonomics, 57(6): 897-911.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Dobson M, Garcia J, Kim HR, Zaldivar F, Israel L, Baker D. (2014). Very long (> 48 hours) shifts and cardiovascular strain in firefighters: a theoretical framework. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 26:5
   
  Choi B, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Ko SB, Yang H, Schnall P, Baker D. (2014). Job strain and obesity [letter]. Journal of Internal Medicine, 275(4), 438–440
   
  Choi B, Ko SB, Landsbergis P, Dobson M, Schnall P. (2014). Job strain and health-related behaviors [letter]. American Journal of Public Health, 104(3), e3-e3.
   
  Choi B, Dobson M, Ko SB, Landsbergis P. (2014). Job strain and lifestyle factors [letter]. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 186(1),63-64.
   
  Choi B, Ko SB, Landsbergis P, Dobson M, Garcia AJ, Schnall P, Baker D. (2014). Re: Siegrist J, Dragano N, Nyberg ST et al. validating abbreviated measures of effort-reward imbalance at work in European cohort studies: the IPD-Work consortium [letter]. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 87 (1), 111–112.
   
  Ko SB, Choi B, Lee YW, Baker D, Landsbergis P, Dobson M, Schnall P. (2013). Re: Work stress and risk of cancer: meta-analysis of 5700 incident cancer events in 116,000 European men and women [letter]. BMJ. Available at http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f165/rr/677364
   
  Choi B, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Ko SB, Yang H, Schnall P, Baker D. (2013).Re: “Need for more individual-level meta-analyses in social epidemiology: example of job strain and coronary heart disease” [letter]. American Journal of Epidemiology, 178(6), 1007-1008.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Ko SB, Dobson M, Baker D. (2013). Job strain and coronary heart disease [letter]. Lancet, 381 (9865), 448.
   
  Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall P, Wigger E, Garcia J, Israel L, Baker D. (2013). Exploring occupational and health behavioral causes of firefighter obesity: a qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 56(7), 776-790
   
  Kim HR, Yim HW, Jo SJ, Choi B, Jeong SH, Lee KS, Park JI, Chang SM.(2013). Major depressive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Korean subway drivers.International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 86(4), 471-477.
   
  Canivet C, Choi B, Karasek R, Moghaddassi M, Staland-Nyman C, Östergren PO. (2013). Can high psychological job demands, low decision latitude, and high job strain predict disability pensions? a 12-year follow-up of middle-aged Swedish workers. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 86(3),307-319.
   
  Myong JP, Kim HR, Baker D, Choi B. (2012). Blood cadmium and moderate-to-severe glomerular dysfunction in Korean adults: analysis of KNHANES 2005-2008 data. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health,85(8):885-893.
   
  Myong JP, Kim HR, JungChoi KH, Baker D, Choi B. (2012). Disparities of metabolic syndrome prevalence by age, gender and occupation among Korean adult workers. Industrial Health, 50(2), 115-122.
   
  Choi B, Kurowski A, Bond M, Baker D, Clays E, De Bacquer D, Punnett L. (2012). Occupation-differential construct validity of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) psychological job demands scale with physical job demands items: a mixed methods research. Ergonomics, 55(4), 425-439.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Dobson M, Israel L, Landsbergis P, Galassetti P, Pontello A, Kojaku S, Baker D. (2011). Exploring occupational and behavioral risk factors for obesity in firefighters: a theoretical framework and study design. Safety and Health at Work, 2(4), 301-312
   
  Lindeberg SI, Rosvall M, Choi B, Canivet C, Isacsson SO, Karasek R, Östergren PO. (2011). Psychosocial working conditions and exhaustion in a working population sample of Swedish middle-aged men and women. European Journal of Public Health, 21(2), 190-196.
   
  Choi B, Ostergren PO, Canivet C, Moghadassi M, Lindeberg S, Nilsson P, Karasek R, Isacsson SO. (2011). Synergistic effect between job control and social support at work on general psychological distress. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 84(1), 77-89.
   
  Choi B. (2011). Work Environment and Obesity. OSH Research Brief, 5(8), 8-13.
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Yang H, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Israel L, Karasek R, Baker D. (2010). Sedentary work, low physical job demand, and obesity in US workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine,53(11), 1088-1101
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Yang H, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Israel L, Karasek R, Baker D. (2010). Psychosocial working conditions and active leisure-time physical activity in middle-aged US workers. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 23(3), 239 – 253
   
  Canivet C, Östergren PO, Lindeberg S, Choi B, Karasek R, Moghadassi M, Isacsson SO. (2010). Conflict between the work and family domains and exhaustion among vocationally active men and women. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 1237-1245
   
  Choi B, Schnall P, Yang H, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Israel L, Karasek R, Baker D. (2009). Work stress and overeating coping in the US workforce. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 22(Suppl), 43.
   
  Choi B, Bjorner J, Ostergren PO, Clay E, Houtman I, Punnett L, Rosengren A, de Bacquer D, Ferrario M, Bilau M, Karasek R. (2009) Cross-language differential item functioning of the job content questionnaire among European countries: the JACE Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 16(2), 136-147.
   
  Canivet C, Östergren PO, Choi B, Nilsson P, af Sillén U, Moghadassi M, Karasek RA, Isacsson SO. (2008). Sleeping problems as a risk factor for subsequent muscular pain. Results from a one-year follow-up of the Malmö Shoulder Neck Study cohort. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15(4), 254-262.
   
  Choi B, Kawakami N, Chang SJ, Koh SB, Bjorner J, Punnett L, Karasek R. (2008). A cross-national study on the multidimensional characteristics of the five-item psychological demands scale of the Job Content Questionnaire. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 15(2), 120-132.
   
  Cho SL, Eum KD, Choi B, Paek DM, Karasek R. (2008). Social class, job insecurity, and job strain in Korea. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 6 (Suppl), 60-65.
   
  Choi B, Clays E, de Bacquer D, Karasek R. (2008). Socioeconomic status, job strain, and common mental disorders: an ecological (occupational) analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 6 (Suppl), 22-32.
   
  Karasek R, Choi B, Ostergren PO, Ferrario M, De Smet P. (2007). Testing two methods of comparable scale scoring between the JCQ and JCQ-like Questionnaires in the JACE study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 14(4), 189-201.
   
  Choi B, Kawakami N, Chang SJ, Karasek RA. (2006). Predictive power comparison of socioeconomic position indicators and job strain on negative mental health in the Belgium, Korean, and Japanese workers. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 13 (Suppl), 331
   
  Choi B, Cho SI, Li J, Yang W, Jhun HJ, Xu Z, Park JT. (2006) A Differential Item Functioning (DIF) Test for the Cross-National Quantitative Comparison of Psychosocial Job Hazards between Chinese and Korean Nurses. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 13 (Suppl), 331.
   
  Choi B. (2005). Critical Review of Karasek’s Demand-Control Model and Job Content Questionnaire. In Kang DM, Koh SB, Kim SA, Kim SY, Kim YJ, Park JS, Sung JD, Yoo JM, Chang SJ, Chung JJ, Chung HS, Cho SI, Cho JJ, Chae JH, Choi B, Choi SC, Ha MN (eds.), Job Stress: work related stress (pp. 40-57). Seoul, Korea: Korea Medical Publishing Co. ISBN 89-7043-460-7.
   
  Choi B, Karasek RA, Ostergren PO, Ferrario M, De Smet P. (2004). Comparisons of Psychosocial Job Characteristic Scale Variations between Five European Countries. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 11 (Suppl), 167-168.
   
Grants 2009-2010. Work stress and obesity in US workers. Awarded by the Center for Social Epidemiology, Marina Del Rey, CA. Principal Investigator
   
2010-2013. Exploring occupational and behavioral risk factors for obesity in firefighters. Awarded by CDC/NIOSH. Principal Investigator
   
2011-2012. Consecutive shifts and cardiovascular responses in firefighters: a feasibility study. Awarded by the UCI-ICTS (NIH). Principal Investigator.
   
2012-2013. Developmental testing of language and educational level appropriate ergonomic training manuals for Vietnamese supermarket workers. Awarded by the UCI-ICTS (NIH). Co-Investigator.
   
2014-2015. Developing intervention plans to prevent obesity among firefighters: a participatory action research. Awarded by the UCI School of Medicine. Principal Investigator.
   
2014-2015. Exploring occupational and behavioral risk factors for obesity in urban bus drivers. Awarded by the Southern California NIOSH ERC. Principal Investigator.
   
2014-2015. Development of risk prediction model of job stress, occupational risk factor and cardiovascular disease. Awarded by the Gangwon Cardiovascular Health Research Institute. Co-Investigator.
   
2015-2016. Exploring work-related injury and health care access among day laborers in Orange County.Awarded by the Southern California NIOSH ERC. Faculty Mentor.
   
2012-2022. Southern California NIOSH ERC TRT (work organization). Awarded by CDC/NIOSH. Co-Investigator.
   
2016-2017. Substance drug use and the risk of death using Korean health-insurance database. Awarded by the Seok Chun Research Fund. Co-Investigator.
   
2015-2019. Creating a firefighter medical surveillance program: a firefighter cohort study to improve the health of Korean professional firefighters. Awarded by the Korean Ministry of Public Safety and Security. Consultant.
   
2017-2018. Creating a Southern California Center of Excellence for the Promotion of Healthy Work. Awarded by the UC Irvine. Principal Investigator.
   
2017-2018. Developing a web-based work organization risk assessment tool (on-line healthy work survey). Awarded by the Center for Social Epidemiology, Marina Del Rey, CA. Co-Principal Investigator.  
   
Research Center Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
   
   
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Last updated 08/15/2017