Personal Statement

After working as an HR and a planning team manager, I decided to become a nurse. Years later, I loved walking across Harlem in New York City, knocking on the doors of the public housing apartments, treating the frail, elderly and disabled as a visiting home health nurse. I met many wonderfully dedicated, compassionate caregivers who were personal care workers and home health aides, caring for loved ones. The challenges they faced stayed with me: their harrowing work environments, unsafe neighborhoods, exposure to abuse and violence from their patients and loved ones, and their almost chronic lack of resources. Since this realization, I pursue scholarship that aims to improve the safety and health of care providers in the community.


Ha Do Byon earned his PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and dual master's degrees in public health and community/public health nursing from Hunter College's School of Public Health and its School of Nursing. His dissertation - “Exploration of risk factors for client violence toward direct care workers in the home setting using an ecological model” - cemented his scholarly focus on the myriad challenges and issues faced by home care workers, clinicians, and non-clinicians. His research currently focuses on preventing workplace violence and improving incidents reporting in the community settings. 

Ha Do employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods in his research. He especially has expertise in applying advanced statistical methods including latent class analysis, multilevel modeling, and complex survey data analysis. He teaches graduate nursing courses in statistics and was a clinical preceptor for community health practicum. He was a home-visiting community health nurse for low-income, elderly residents with the Brooklyn-based Metropolitan Jewish Health System and with the Harlem-based Union Settlement Homecare in New York City.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Research Publication Award, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2017)
  • School of Nursing Alumni Association (SONAA) Fellow, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2016 -)
  • Karen Soeken Excellence in Dissertation Award, University of Maryland School of Nursing (2016)
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Academic Study Scholarship, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (2016)
  • Dean’s Scholar, University of Maryland School of Nursing (2013-2016)
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Hunter College School of Nursing (2013)
  • Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Student in Community & Public Health, ACHNE (2013)
  • Eva Bobrow Nursing Award, City University of New York (2009)
  • Business School Alumni Scholarship, Korea University (1999)

Research Focus

Workplace violence prevention and reporting in the health care settings; Occupational health and safety of vulnerable worker groups; Home health nursing.

Currently Funded Grants

  • Traumatic occupational injuries in the United States: A study from a national sample. Principal Investigator, Jeanette Lancaster Endowment Fund  (7/1/2017 – 6/30/2018) 

  • Exploring an association between patient violence toward direct care workers in the home setting and their family-like relationship: a latent class analysis. Principal Investigator. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, PI Chapter (8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016)

Clinical Focus

Community/public health nursing; Home health care; Occupational health nursing

Teaching Focus

Applied statistics for clinical practice; Research methods; Quality & safety in healthcare systems; Community/public health nursing


  • Member, Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (2016-present)
  • Member, Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (2013-present)
  • Work, Family & Wellbeing Research Work Group, University of Maryland, Baltimore (2015-present)
  • Member, Southern Nursing Research Society (2015-present)
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (2015-present)
  • Manuscript reviewer: International Journal of Nursing Studies, Violence and Victims, Journal of Nursing Measurement, Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research


Journal Articles

Lee, M. C., Byon, H. D., Hinderer, K., & Alexander, C. (2017). Beliefs in advance care planning among Chinese Americans: Similarities and differences between the younger and older generations. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 3(2), 83-90. doi:10.9741/23736658.1055

Costa, L. L., & Byon, H. (2017). Post-hospital medication discrepancies at home: Risk ractor for 90-day return to emergency department. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 0(advance online publication), 1-7. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000278

Byon, H., Zhu, S., Unick, G., Storr, C., & Lipscomb, J. (2017). Language barrier as a risk factor for injuries from patient violence among direct care workers in home settings: Findings from a US national sample. Violence and Victims, 32(5), 858-868. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00021

Byon, H. D., Harrington, D., Storr, C. L., & Lipscomb, J. (2017). Exploring the factor structure of the job demands-resources measure with patient violence on direct care workers in the home setting. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 25(2), 257-274. doi:10.1891/1061-3749.25.2.257

Byon, H., Storr, C.L., & Lipscomb, J. (2016). Latent classes of caregiver relationships with patients: Workplace violence implications. Geriatric Nursing, 0(advance online publication), 1-5. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2016.11.009

Byon, H., Storr, C., Edwards, L., & Lipscomb, J. (2016). Client history and violence on direct care workers in the home care setting. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 59(12), 1130-1135. doi:10.1002/ajim.22652

Park, C.S., Byon, H., Keeling, J.W., Beitsch, L.M., & Merrill, J.A. (2013). Preliminary findings from an interventional study using network analysis to support management in local health departments in Florida. Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research, 2(6), 1-6. doi:10.13023/FPHSSR.0206.06