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Seonghee (Sophia) Cho

Asst Professor

Department of Psychology

Poe Hall 732C


Dr. Seonghee (Sophia) Cho, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in Fall 2017. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the Sogang University, Korea, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


Teaching and Research Interests

My research focuses on three topics in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP): (1) work demands, strains, and recovery (e.g., health-related behavior, leisure), (2) employee well-being and performance (e.g., work-nonwork interface), and (3) advanced research methods (e.g., measurement, longitudinal data analysis). The overarching purpose of my research is to promote employee well-being (e.g., recovery, safety) and productivity (e.g., engagement, OCB, proactivity/creativity) both in professional and personal domains. More recent/ongoing studies investigate newly introduced work stressors (e.g., technostress) and recovery processes (e.g., work breaks, leisure) in the modern work environment. Across different projects, I enjoy taking various methodological approaches from psychometrics (CTT and IRT) to longitudinal data analyses.

Research Publications

Selected Publications: 

Cho, S. & Kim, S. (2021). Does a healthy lifestyle matter? A daily diary study of unhealthy eating at home and behavioral outcomes at work. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Kim, S., Cho, S., & Park, Y. (2021). Daily microbreaks in a self-regulatory resources lens: Perceived health climate as a contextual moderator via microbreak autonomy. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Kramer, A., Cho, S., & Gajendran, R. S. (2020)A 12-Year longitudinal study linking within-person changes in work and family transitions and workplace injury risk. Journal of Safety Research, 75, 140-149.

Jang, S., Allen, T. D., Kim, E., & Cho, S. (2020). An examination of the temporal order of helping behaviors and emotional exhaustion. Stress and Health36(5), 663-674.

Cho, S., Kim, S., Chin, S. W., & Ahmad, U. (2020). Daily effects of continuous ICT demands on work-family conflict: Negative spillover effect and role conflict. Stress and Health, 36(4), 533-545.

Cho, S., Carpenter, N. C., & Zhang, B. (2020). Redundant or distinct?: An item-level investigation of proactivity constructs. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 28(3), 337-350.

Lee, K. J., Cho, S., Kim, E. K., & Hwang, S. (2020). Do more leisure time and leisure repertoire make us happier? An investigation of the curvilinear relationships. Journal of Happiness Studies21(5), 1727-1747.

Cho, S., & Park, Y. (2018). How to benefit from weekend physical activities: Moderating roles of psychological recovery experiences and sleep. Stress and Health, 34(5), 639-648.

Cho, S., Drasgow, F., & Cao, M. (2015). An investigation of emotional intelligence measures using item response theory. Psychological Assessment, 27(4), 1241.

Cao, M., Drasgow, F., & Cho, S. (2015). Developing ideal intermediate personality items for the ideal point model. Organizational Research Methods, 18(2), 252-275.


Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A. Psychology Sogang University