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Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN

Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing
(919) 668-3838
4111 Pearson Building

Dr. Im received a BSN with an honor (magna cum laude) and a MPH from Seoul National University in South Korea. She received her second Master's degree (MSN) from the University of California, San 
Francisco (UCSF), and finally a PhD in nursing from UCSF in 1997. She also had 1.5 years of postdoctoral study at UCSF.

Dr. Im's most outstanding contribution to nursing is a research program that adopts Internet and computer technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities. She has taken the lead in this burgeoning field, and her current studies are among the first of their kind to use these technologies to build nursing knowledge. She has also gained national and international recognition as a methodologist and theorist in international cross-cultural women’s health through more than 350 papers, abstracts, and chapters (over 150 refereed journal articles) and over 250 international and national multi-disciplinary presentations. Dr. Im has been on more than 45 research review panels of the NIH, and is also a reviewer for the PCORI and the American Heart Association. Dr. Im is a senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, is on the editorial boards of 8 journals including the Advances in Nursing Science and the Research in Nursing and Health, and is on 13 editorial review boards. She has numerous national and international awards, one of which is the 2014 International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dr. Im's program of research can be described as feminist-driven Internet research on gender and ethnic differences in health/illness experience of midlife women. Dr. Im's doctoral research and post-doctoral study focused on international cross-cultural women’s health research. Then, her work extended to oncology areas, and she developed Internet research methodology as an area of expertise. She further integrated this line of work with research projects on gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain, menopausal symptoms, and physical activity as the principal investigator through a series of NIH-funded, R01 awards. She has obtained about 17.5 million dollars (9.1 million as the PI) of research funding through R01s (4 R01s as the PI) and other grants (25 small grant studies).

Dr. Im’s dedication to teaching and mentoring a new generation of scholars is reflected in her efforts made to individually mentor more than 40 doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, 90 undergraduate students, and 50 research assistants (counting only since Sep. 2002). Also, her national and international invited lectures, presentations, book chapters, and service activities represent her efforts to raise a next generation of nurses and to make advances in nursing science. Dr. Im has taught courses on nursing theory, nursing philosophy, critical literature review, research methods, and global women’s health issues.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • PhD in Nursing Program

Research Interests

  • International cross-cultural women’s health
  • Midlife women’s health issues
  • Cancer survivorship (breast cancer)
  • Cancer pain
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Physical Activity
  • Racial/ethnic disparities
  • Web-based research
  • Technology-based intervention
  • Global health

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || Finalist for Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health, American Public Health Association
  • 2014 || Invited Distinguished International Visiting Scholar, Chang Gung Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • 2014 || International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2011 || Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Nursing Transitions, The University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010 || Invited International Distinguished Scholar, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 2009 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2007 || Centennial Alumni Recognition Award, of College of Nursing at Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2007 || Invited International Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Chang Gung Institute of Technology, Taiwan
  • 2007 || La Quinta Motor Inns. Inc. Centennial Professor in Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2006 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2005 || Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2005 || D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award, Southern Nursing Research Society
  • 2005 || Ed and Molly Smith Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2004 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Writing Award, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2002 || UWM Foundation Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)
  • 2002 || Ed and Molly Smith Centennial Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2002 || Graduate School Research Committee Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • 2001 || American Nurses Foundation Scholar, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
  • 2000 || Faculty Research Initiative Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing
  • 1996 || Century Club Annual Research Fund Award, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
  • 1996 || Graduate Division Research Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1989 || Magna cum laude, Seoul National University, School of Medicine
  • 1989 || President Award, The Korean Nurses’ Association
  • 1987 || Scholarship Award, Seoul National University Hospital, Nurses’ Association (Hanul hoi)
  • 1985 || Education Committee Chairman Award, City of Seoul, Korea

Areas of Expertise

  • Global and Community Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Women's Health

Areas of Interest

International cross-cultural midlife women’s health issues
Breast cancer survivorship
Gender and ethnic disparities in midlife health
Technology-based research
Physical activity promotion
Oncology, specifically survivorship and palliative care

Representative Publications

  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 20606074 Im, E. Psychometric evaluation of the Midlife Women's Symptom Index in multiethnic groups West J Nurs Res. 32(8); 1091-111 PMC3037418
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 20629930 Im, E. Black women in menopausal transition J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 39(4); 435-43
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 20357657 Im, E. Shielded from the real world: perspectives on Internet cancer support groups by Asian Americans Cancer Nurs. 33(3); E10-20 PMC2885150
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 22458953 Im, E. Current trends in nursing theories J Nurs Scholarsh. 44(2); 156-64
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 25988289 Lee, Y. and Im, E. Stress and Premenstrual Symptoms in Reproductive-Aged Women. Health Care Women Int. 37(6); 646-70
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 27177930 Lee, I. and Garland, S. N. and DeMichele, A. and Farrar, J. T. and Im, E. and Mao, J. J. A cross-sectional survey of pain catastrophising and acupuncture use among breast cancer survivors. Acupunct Med.
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 20975538 Im, E. The DSCP-CA: a decision support computer program--cancer pain management Comput Inform Nurs. 29(5); 289-96
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 26645821 Im, E. and Kim, J. and Chee, E. and Chee, W. The relationships between psychological symptoms and cardiovascular symptoms experienced during the menopausal transition: racial/ethnic differences. Menopause. 23(4); 396-402 PMC4866934
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 27105022 Lee PhD Msn Rn, Y. and Im PhD Mph Rn, E. Stress and premenstrual symptoms among Korean women studying in the U.S. and South Korea: A longitudinal web-based study. Women Health. 1-20
  • 2016 -- PubMed # : 27080909 Ko, Y. and Chee, W. and Im, E. Factors Associated With Perceived Health Status of Multiracial/Ethnic Midlife Women in the United States. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 45(3); 378-90


Grant Funding (Selected)

  • To Enhance Breast Cancer Survivorship of Asian Americans

    06/2016 to 05/2021
    Role: Principal Investigator

    The purpose of the proposed randomized intervention study is to test the efficacy of the technology-based information and coaching/support program for Asian American breast cancer survivors (TICAA) in enhancing the women’s breast cancer survivorship experience.

  • Research on Vulnerable Women, Children and Families

    3T32 NR007100-15
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Retention in Cancer Clinical Trials: Modeling Patients' Risk-Benefit Assessments

    1R01 CA196131
    Role: Consultant
  • Development and Evaluation of Decision Support System on Health Literacy in Multi-Ethnic Females

    Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology
    Role: Consultant
  • Ethnic-specific Midlife Women’s Attitudes toward Physical Activity

    R01 NR010568
    Role: Principal Investigator

    The purpose of this study is to explore attitudes of midlife women from four ethnic groups [Hispanic, Non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African Americans, and N-H Asians] toward physical activity while considering the relationships between their attitudes and their actual participation in physical activity within the ethnic-specific contexts of their daily lives. Data will be gathered via Internet survey and ethnic-specific online forums to allow for a national sample.

  • A Multiethnic Internet Study on Menopausal Symptoms

    R01 NR008926
    Role: Principal Investigator

    The specific aims are to: a) explore ethnic differences in menopausal symptom experience reported by four of the most common ethnic groups of women across the U.S. (Hispanic, non-Hispanic (N-H) White, N-H African American, and N-H Asian); and b) explore the ethnic-specific contexts of women's daily lives that influence women's self-reported menopausal symptom experience.

  • A Multiethnic Internet Study on Menopausal Symptoms: Minority Supplement for Maresha Clark

    3 R01 NR008926-01-02S1
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Cancer Pain Management-Decision Support Computer Program

    R01 NR007900
    Role: Principal Investigator

    The purpose of this study is to develop a standardized decision support computer program (DSCP) (an expert system) with self-adaptation capabilities that can be used by nurses as an assessment support tool for dealing effectively with gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain experiences based on cancer patients' own views and experiences. The specific aims are to: a) collect data on cancer pain among four ethnic groups (Hispanic, non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic African-American, and non-Hispanic Asian) in the U.S. and determine gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain experiences; and b) develop a DSCP based on these collected data and feedback from oncology nurses.

  • A Web-based Self-Management Intervention for Intermittent Urinary Catheter User

    1R21 NR01276301A1
    Role: Consultant
  • An Internet Cancer Support Group for Asian American Breast Cancer Survivors

    Population Science Pilot Project Award, NCI Cancer Center Support Grant and Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
    P30 CA016520
    Role: Principal Investigator


Friday, April 28, 2017

Marion E. Broome, Eun-Ok Im and Michael Relf recently traveled to Korea to meet with nursing leaders form the Colleges of Nursing at the Catholic University of Korea, Yonsei University, Seoul National University and Chang Gung University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. The purpose of the visit was to explore potential areas of collaboration.

The DUSON team also presented:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) is holding its annual Nursing Reunion Weekend April 6-7 with more than 100 alumni representing years ending in 2 and 7 along with the Half Century Club, faculty, staff and students expected to attend.

During the Alumni Luncheon Celebration, our distinguished alumni, faculty and friends will be recognized and awarded for their significant contributions to the School and the nursing community at large. This year’s award recipients are:

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kudos to Eun-Ok Im and her entire team for the submission of their NIH R01 application entitled "A Technology-based Program for Menopausal Symptom Management of Multi-ethnic Groups of Midlife Women (MMAM)." This proposal requests funding for a five-year period with a start date of September 1, 2017.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Kudos to Eun-Ok Im and her entire team for the submission of their NIH R01 application entitled "For Adequate Menopausal Symptom Management of Multi-ethnic Groups of Midlife Women." This proposal requests funding for a five-year period with a start date of July 1, 2017.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN, Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), received a nearly $3 million research grant award from the National Institutes of Health for her study “To Enhance Breast Cancer Survivorship of Asian Americans.” The award is for a five-year period that began June 1, 2016, and ends May 31, 2021.