Meet Dong Whi Yoo, newest faculty member in the iSchool and teaching the Online Master’s Degree in User Experience

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Meet Professor Yoo!

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As one of the newest faculty members in the iSchool, Professor Dong Whi Yoo is encouraging students to see the potential of interdisciplinary research.

Professor Yoo is an assistant professor in the iSchool, teaching courses such as Introduction to UX Design and UX in Practice in the 100% Online Master of Science in User Experience.

Yoo has researched the interaction between artificial intelligence and mental health, as well as human-computer interaction. More specifically, he analyzed the relationship between mental health and college students during his doctorate at Georgia Tech.

“Ethical issues are already embedded in our social structures. By understanding marginalized communities, we can work to design inclusive and safer artificial intelligence.

“The mental health of college students is an important topic in our society,” Yoo said. “I found that digital mental health had a bigger potential for me to research, so I wanted to see how artificial intelligence played a role in this.”

Through his team’s research, Yoo was able to collect smartphone, social media, and other personal digital data from Georgia Tech students.

“Analyzing this data allowed us to gain insight about students’ well-being, including mental health,” Yoo said. “We were also able to utilize some machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, which I found interesting.”

By asking participants about their daily work practices, self-care services and opinions about technology, Yoo was able to have direct interaction with participants.

“The most memorable moments are when I talk to my participants,” Yoo said. “Sometimes it’s not easy, but it’s rewarding and enlightening, and I enjoy our conversations.”

Learn more about Professor Yoo.


Dong Whi Yoo conducts interdisciplinary research bridging human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and digital mental health. He specifically focuses on understanding design requirements for AI-enabled tools in mental health care. His work has been published in premier HCI and mental health venues, such as CHI, CSCW, JMIR Mental Health, and Internet Intervention. Based on his expertise in HCI and CSCW, he teaches in the area of user experience.

He received his Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing and a master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his Ph.D., he worked as a research intern at Meta and Mayo Clinic.

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Prepare to lead successful and innovative user experience design teams with Kent State University’s Online Master of Science in User Experience. Gain a competitive edge in this fast-growing, well-paid field with our unique blend of instruction in human-centered design, information architecture, and management skills, delivered in a convenient, 100% online format.

Kent State Online’s UX master’s degree has been crafted to enhance your skills and increase your market value. Core courses give you a solid conceptual grounding for your design team.

From there, make the UX master’s degree your own through your choice of electives and a capstone course. Our accomplished and professionally connected faculty can help you tailor your elective coursework for your desired specialization or target industry.

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