Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN
Professor and Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor in Healthy Nursing Transitions
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 411 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-9993
Dr. Im received a BSN with an honor (magna cum laude) and a MPH from Seoul National University. She received her second Master's degree (MSN) from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a PhD in nursing from UCSF. 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 300 papers, abstracts, and chapters (over 120 refereed journal articles) and over 200 international and national multi-disciplinary presentations. Dr. Im has been on dozens of research review panels of the NIH, and is currently a standing member of the Addressing Disparities (AD) merit review standing panel of the PCORI. Dr. Im is a senior editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, is on the editorial boards of 3 top nursing journals including the Advances in Nursing Science and the Research in Nursing and Health, and is on 13 editorial review boards.
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Dr. Im's dedication to teaching and mentoring a new generation of scholars is reflected in her efforts made to individually mentor more than 30 doctoral and post-doctoral scholars, 70 undergraduate students, and 40 research assistants (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, and research methods.
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 principal investigator through a series of NIH-funded, R01 awards. She has obtained about 8 million dollars (5.5 million as the PI) of research funding through 3 R01s and other grants. Recently, she has completed her R01 study on ethnic differences in menopausal symptoms and is currently conducting a R01 study on ethnic differences in midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity.
Currently Funded Grants
Center for Global Women's Health
Dr. Im's works on feminist critique, situation-specific theories, cross-cultural women’s health research, and Internet research methodologies have been widely cited by many researchers around the world, which have influenced nursing practice by providing research and theoretical bases and/or evidence for nursing practice. For example, her works on situation specific theories are widely used by nursing researchers, educators, and/or practitioners around the world. Her influence on practice can also be seen in the 15 book chapters she has written for students and clinicians on theory, Internet research methods, and women’s health.
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