Othelia Lee, PhD, MSW
Scholar, 2022

Dr. Othelia EunKyoung Lee is a Professor at UNC Charlotte School of Social Work. She received her MSW from Smith College and Ph D from Columbia University.  Dr. Lee has taught at North Carolina State University and Boston College.   

Her personal experiences and professional work with people with disabilities and older adults foster her interest in exploring how people cope with difficult life events and how they use personal and social resources to enhance their health and well-being.  Some highlights of her scholarship achievements include a book and over 65 refereed journal article in the areas of mental health disparities, community engagement, mindfulness, and gerontology.  Dr. Lee’s primary research focuses on development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative community-based intervention on health behaviors among older adults. Her recent work is to  investigate the efficacy and adaptability of companion robots in home care for socially isolated older adults with cognitive impairments.