Dr. Simona Kwon

(Health Fellows & Scholars)
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
New York, New York
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Community & Civic Engagement
Community Based Participatory Research
Racial Equity & Healing
Asian-American & PI Communities
Diversity / Inclusion / Equity


Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and holds a joint faculty appointment in the NYU College of Global Public Health. Dr. Kwon is a social epidemiologist whose experience spans, among other things, community-based participatory research, mixed methods approaches, the implementation of evidence-based strategies, and working in multidisciplinary teams to address community-level health disparities. Her research examines the social and cultural contextual factors that influence health and health outcomes among racial and ethnic communities with a particular focus on Asian Americans. Using a social determinants of health framework, Dr. Kwon engages in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based strategies in community settings with a focus on assessing cultural relevancy and impact, and identifying innovative channels to disseminate and translate findings and outcomes for priority end-users. She works collaboratively and in partnership with multi-sector coalitions made up of local and national community-based organizations, governmental agencies, service delivery organizations and multi-disciplinary researchers to address community-level health disparities.