My long-term research goal is to establish a self-sustainable cultural and linguistically relevant family mental health promotion intervention in Korean American communities. I have developed and pilot-tested the Korean Parent Training Program to address three social determinants of health (i.e., early childhood, social support, and stress), as a means to promote positive parenting practices (i.e., behavioral determinant of health) and to decrease mental health disparities in children between ages 3 and 8. I use both qualitative and quantitative study designs including focus groups, content analysis, and a randomized controlled experiment. In conducting research, I use a faith-based, community-based participatory research approach in working with target communities.
I teach undergraduate and graduate health assessment courses, including advanced pediatric health assessment. In these courses, students learn to perform complete history taking and head-to-toe physical assessment. I also teach growth and lifespan development, which is a pre-requisite for BSN admission.
Practice, Service, Community Involvement
I am a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, Western Society for Research in Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau; the International Honor Society of Nursing, and Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. I have been a grant reviewer for NIH, NIMHD since 2009 and a peer reviewer of multiple journals including Family Relations, Ethos, Western Journal of Nursing, Issues in Mental Health, Nursing, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. I currently work as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner at a local clinic and collaborate with local Korean churches and language schools to provide parenting education.
- Kim, E., Im, H., Nam, E. & Hong, S. (2012). Korean American parents’ reconstruction of immigrant parenting in the United States. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 21(3), p. 124-32.
- Kim, E. (2012). Korean American parental depressive symptoms and children's mental health: The mediating role of parental acceptance-rejection. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28(1), 37-47.
- Kim, E., Choe, H., & Webster-Stratton, C. (2010). Korean immigrant parents’ evaluation of the delivery of a parenting program for cultural and linguistic appropriateness and usefulness. Family & Community Health, 33(4), 1-13.
- Kim, E., Guo, Y., Koh, C., & Cain, K. C. (2010). Korean immigrant discipline and children's social competence and behavior problems. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25, 490-499.
Current Research Projects
- 2010-14 Faith-Based Partnership Promoting Korean Parenting and Child Mental Health, Principal Investigator; NIH/NCMHD, $275,000 (1R21MD005932)
- 2008-2009 Delivering and Delivering a Snohomish County Parenting Program for Low Income Families, Principal Investigator; Everett Clinic Foundation William McDonald Leadership and Personal Development Fund, $10,000.
- 2008-2009 Developing and Establishing Psychometrics of Korean American Parenting Self-Efficacy, Korean and American Style Parenting, and Difficulties in Minority Parenting, Principal Investigator; Research and Intramural Funding Program, University of Washington School of Nursing, $15,000 (RIFP Van Hooser, 654308).