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.
International cross-cultural women’s health
Midlife women’s health issues
Cancer survivorship (breast cancer)
Mary T. Champagne Professor of Nursing
PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN
Awards and Honors:
2017 || The Distinguished Contributions for Nursing Science Award, Duke University School of Nursing & Alumni Association2015 || Finalist for Aetna Susan B. Anthony Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health, American Public Health Association2014 || Invited Distinguished International Visiting Scholar, Chang Gung Institute of Science and Technology, Taiwan2014 || International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award, Sigma Theta Tau International2011 || Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Nursing Transitions, The University of Pennsylvania2010 || Invited International Distinguished Scholar, College of Nursing, Seoul National University, South Korea2009 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin2007 || Centennial Alumni Recognition Award, of College of Nursing at Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea2007 || Invited International Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Chang Gung Institute of Technology, Taiwan2007 || La Quinta Motor Inns. Inc. Centennial Professor in Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin2006 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin2005 || Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing2005 || D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award, Southern Nursing Research Society2005 || Ed and Molly Smith Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin2004 || Dean’s Excellence Award, Writing Award, The University of Texas at Austin2002 || UWM Foundation Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)2002 || Ed and Molly Smith Centennial Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin2002 || Graduate School Research Committee Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee2001 || American Nurses Foundation Scholar, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools2000 || Faculty Research Initiative Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing1996 || Century Club Annual Research Fund Award, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing1996 || Graduate Division Research Award, University of California, San Francisco1989 || Magna cum laude, Seoul National University, School of Medicine1989 || President Award, The Korean Nurses’ Association1987 || Scholarship Award, Seoul National University Hospital, Nurses’ Association (Hanul hoi)1985 || Education Committee Chairman Award, City of Seoul, Korea
Areas of Interest:
International cross-cultural midlife women’s health issues
Breast cancer survivorship
Gender and ethnic disparities in midlife health
Physical activity promotion
Oncology, specifically survivorship and palliative care