JungJa is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. At the Socio-Environmental Psychology and Educational Practices Laboratory (Laboratório de Psicologia Socioambiental e Práticas Educativas), she is conducting her post-doctoral research titled “Autistic subjectivity and the production of food space: The voices of Brazilian adults on the autism spectrum” (“Subjetividade autista e a produção de espaço alimentar: vozes de adultos brasileiros no espectro autista”). Her fellowship is funded by a Brazilian federal government agency under the Ministry of Education (CAPES).
Jungja’s dissertation concerned how adults on the autism spectrum negotiate and navigate the food environment. Her second year paper was an exploratory study of the childcare needs and concerns of nurses that revisits on-site childcare center provision.
At Cornell University, she wrote Master’s thesis on child care center design for parent-child interaction.
She taught environmental psychology at Lehman College, CUNY for two years.
She has received a bachelor’s degree in Housing and Interior Design from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Research Interests:environments for adults on the autism spectrum; social construction of autism; autism-friendly research methods; food environments; foodways; environment and health; participatory action research; online research