Yoon Sung Won

Assistant Professor


Contact: 66013198

Dr Sungwon Yoon is Assistant Professor at the Programme in Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS. She is a public health researcher and behavioral scientist. Her main research interest lies in understanding individual and population health behavior which may have public health significance. Through this research, she hopes to utilize the findings to inform health policy planning and evaluation.


She has extensive experience in qualitative and mixed research methodologies used in a variety of fieldwork settings. Her current research projects include assessment of post-screening behavior for chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia); risk perceptions and health-seeking behaviors in individuals with pre-diabetes; personalized behavioral intervention using mobile technology for chronic disease self-care; health services research pertaining to cancer and end of life care; primary care based integrated community care team intervention; medication adherence; and global health governance.


She was a Korea Government Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She was trained as a medial sociologist at Seoul National University and Ewha Womans University in Korea and subsequently completed a second doctorate in public health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the United Kingdom.

  1. Yoon S, Goh H, Kwan YH, Thumboo J, Low LL. Identifying optimal indicators and purposes of population segmentation through engagement of key stakeholders: a qualitative study. Health Research Policy and Systems. 2020; 18 (1): 26.
  2. Thumboo J, Yoon S, Wee S, Yeam CT, Low E, Lee CE. Developing population health research priorities in Asian city state: results from a multi-step participatory community engagement. PLoS One. 2019; 14(5) e0216303.
  3. Yoon S, WP Koh, Ong M, Thumboo J. Factors influencing career progress for early stage clinician scientists in emerging Asian academic medical centers: a qualitative study in Singapore. BMJ Open Mar 3;8(3): e020398.
  4. Yoon S (with Teo V). Illicit Industry and China’s Shadow Economy: Challenges and Prospects for Global Governance and Human Security, London and Oxon: Routledge, 2018.
  5. Yang G, Yoon S, Liaw K, Tan YY. Experience and views of oncology and palliative care professionals on a co-rounding model of care for advanced cancer inpatients. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care. 2018; 35(11): 1433-1438.
  6. Yoon S, Lam WWT, Sham J, Lam TH. Underage drinking, group identity and access to alcohol: a study of Chinese youths, Health Education Research. 2017; 32(3): 269-278.
  7. Lam WWT, Yoon S, Chan M, Hung WK, Yin M, Fielding R. Comparing the meanings of living with advanced breast cancer between women resilient to distress and women with persistent distress. Psycho-Oncology. 2017; eb;26(2):255-261.
  8. Yoon S, Lam WWT, Sham J, and Lam TH. Learning to drink: how Chinese adolescents make decisions about the consumption (or not) of alcohol. International Journal of Drug Policy 2015; 26(12): 1231-1237.
  9. Yoon S, Chan M, Hung WK, Ying M, Or A, Lam WWT. Communicative characteristics of interactions between surgeons and Chinese women with breast cancer in oncology consultations: a conversation analysis, Health Expectations. 2014; 18(6): 2825-40.
  10. Yoon S, Lam TH. The illusion of righteousness: corporate social responsibility practices of the alcohol industry. BMC Public Health.2013; Jul 3;13:630.