BongKyoo Choi

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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
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Academic Distinctions
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.
2018-present. Member, NIOSH NORA Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Cross-Sector Council.
Appointments
The Kerr Ergonomics Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 2007-2008
Publications
Sung HJ, Li J, Nam JH, Choi B, Shin JY. (2019). Concurrent use of benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and opioid analgesics with zolpidem and risk for suicide: A case-control and case-crossover study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.
 
Choi B. (2019). Determining an optimal minimum number of subjects in each occupation for a job exposure matrix (JEM) using self-reported data: a missing test [letter]. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. doi:10.5271/sjweh.3824
 
Kim H, Hwang W, Choi B. (2019). Heart rate reserve, resting heart rate, and metabolic syndrome in US adults.
 
Formazin M, Dollard M, Choi B, Li J, Agbenyikey W, Cho S, Houtman I, Karasek R. (2019). International empirical validation and value added of the multilevel Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) 2.0.
 
Agbenyikey W, Li J, Cho S, McLinton S, Dollard M, Formazin M, Choi B, Houtman I, Karasek R. (2019). International comparative reliability and concurrent validity assessment of the multi-level Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) 2.0.
 
Formazin M, Choi B, Dollard M, Li J, Agbenyikey W, Cho S, Houtman I, Karasek R. (2019). The structure of demand, control, and stability-support underlying the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) 2.0.
 
Choi B, Choi S, Jeong J, Lee J, Shu S, Zhu Y. (2019). Relationship between ambulatory heart rate and heart rate variability in professional taxi drivers.
 
Whitley M, Ro A, Choi B. (2019). Workplace breastfeeding support and job satisfaction among working mothers in the United States. American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
 
Formazin M, Martus P, Burr H, Pohrt A, Choi B, Dollard M, Karasek R. (2019). The associations of the revised Job Content Questionnaire 2 (JCQ 2) scales with burnout and affective commitment in German employees. Work & Stress.
 
Choi B, Sung HG, Nam JH, Shin JY. (2019). Zolpidem and suicide death in South Korea: a population-based case-control study. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. doi:10.1111/sltb.12548
 
Choi B, Juárez-García A. (2019). Positive association between job decision authority and systolic blood pressure: a statistical artifact? [letter]. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 45(2), 209–210.
 
Kim HJ, Choi B. (2019). Non-linear relationship between blood pressure and glaucoma in US adults. American Journal of Hypertension, 32(3), 308-316
 
Choi B, Juárez-García A, Landsbergis P. (2018). The authors respond [letter]. Epidemiology, 29(6):e62.
 
Choi B. (2018). Respond to: 'Psychosocial job stressors and suicidality: a meta-analysis and systematic review' by Milner et al. [letter]. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 75(4), 317
 
Landsbergis PA, Choi B, Dobson M, Sembajwe G, Slatin C, Delp L, Eduardo Siqueira C, Schnall P, Baron S. (2018). The key role of work in population health inequities. American Journal of Public Health, 108(3), 296-297
 
Juárez-García A, Choi B, Landsbergis P. (2018). Re: Effort–reward imbalance at work and incident coronary heart disease [letter]. Epidemiology, 29(2), e12-e13
 
Choi B. (2018). Job strain, long work hours, and suicidal ideation in US workers: a longitudinal study. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 91(7), 865-875.
 
Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall P. (2017). Work organization, health and obesity in urban transit operators: a qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 60(11), 991-1002.
 
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, 60(10), 900-910
 
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. Funded Program Faculty
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 Office of Research. Principal Investigator.
2018-2019. Developing a work organization risk assessment tool (healthy work survey). Awarded by the Center for Social Epidemiology, Marina Del Rey, CA. Principal Investigator.  
Research Center
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Last updated
04/12/2019