Seonghee (Sophia) Cho

Assistant Professor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 919-513-4072
  • Address:
    Poe Hall 732C, Box 7650
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
Picture of Seonghee (Sophia) Cho


Dr. Seonghee (Sophia) Cho, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in Fall 2017. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the Sogang University, Korea (2011), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Prior to coming to NCSU, Dr. Cho served as a postdoctoral research associate at the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics in Illinois and took part in leadership training for the faculty administrators at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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, creativity) both in professional and personal domains. More recent/ongoing studies investigate newly introduced work stressors (e.g., technostress) and recovery processes (e.g., microbreaks, leisure) in the modern work environment. Across different projects, I enjoy taking various methodological approaches from psychometrics (CTT and IRT) to longitudinal data analyses (multilevel or/and SEM approach).

I am looking to admit graduate students with a strong preference for those who plan to pursue research/academic career path. Students with interests in (but not limited to) stress, recovery, work-nonwork interface, employee well-being and creativity, and longitudinal data analysis are encouraged to apply. I also welcome students with other research interests but who can bring fresh perspectives to our OHP lab. I work closely with my students and provide guidance, resources, and support. I expect my students to develop good work ethics and research competencies throughout their graduate training.


Selected Publications: 

Lee, K. J., Cho, S., Kim, E. K., & Hwang, S. (2019). Do more leisure time and leisure repertoire make us happier? An investigation of the curvilinear relationships. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1-21.

Cho, S., & Park, Y. (2018). How to benefit from weekend physical activities: Moderating roles of psychological recovery experiences and sleep. Stress and Health34(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. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • B.A. in Psychology from Sogang University, 2011