Hee Jun Kim

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Hee Jun Kim

Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor


Email: Hee Jun Kim
Office Phone: 202-994-3196
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500, 541 Washington DC 20006

Hee Jun Kim, tenure-track associate professor, focuses on racial/ethnic differences in health, specifically in disparities in pain sensitivity and chronic pain. Her program of research addresses underlying mechanisms of the differences in chronic pain across diverse racial/ethnic groups. She previously conducted a study exploring multi-dimensional correlates of chronic pain among Asians with various rheumatic disease, funded by National Research Foundation of Korea. She has completed several multi-center, cross-cultural comparison studies on mental health status among young adults, and nursing students’ simulation education experiences. Recently, Hee Jun Kim has been awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to address chronic pain disparities among Asian Americans in the community. This study aims to fill critical knowledge gaps in pain disparity research by providing evidence of feasibility and acceptability of a culturally-tailored psychosocial pain education intervention for an underrepresented population, using the Korean American community as an exemplar.

  • University of Maryland, Baltimore - Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (2016)
  • Seoul National University – Master of Science in Nursing (2011)
  • Seoul National University – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2004)
  • Kim, H.J., Sessions. L., Jung, S.J., Song, J-E, Farina, C.L., El-Bann, M.M. (2024). Psychological Safety in Simulation and Psychological Intrinsic Factors Among Korean Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Cross-Sectional Study. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 89:N.PAG. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2024.101523
  • Sessions, L. C., Kim, H. J., Brewer, K. C., El-Banna, M. M., & Farina, C. L. (2024). Intrinsic Factors and Psychological Safety Among Nursing Students During Simulation-Based Learning-A Correlational Design. Simulation in healthcare: journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000795. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/SIH.0000000000000795
  • Kim, H.J., Meeker, T.J., Jung, JY., Kim, JW., Kim, HA. (2023). Biological sex influences psychological aspects of the biopsychosocial model related to chronic pain intensity and interference among South Korean patients with chronic secondary musculoskeletal pain in rheumatic diseases. Front Psychol, 14:1063164. Published 2023 Apr 17.
  • Meeker, Timothy J.,*; Kim, Hee Jun; Tulloch, Ingrid K.; Keaser, Michael L.; Seminowicz, David A.; Dorsey, Susan G.. Secondary analysis: heat and self-report pain sensitivity associate with biological sex and racialized sociocultural group but may not be mediated by anxiety or pain catastrophizing. PAIN Reports 9(1):p e1133, January 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000001133
  • Kim, H. J., Meeker, T. J., Tulloch, I. K., Mullins, J., Park, J. H., Bae, S. H. (2022). Pandemic fatigue and anxiety sensitivity as associated factors with posttraumatic stress symptoms among university students in South Korea during the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Public Health, 3;67:1604552. doi: 10.3389/ijph.2022.1604552.
  • Kim, H. J., Kim, C. J., Ahn, J. A., & Juon, H. S. (2022). Prevalence and correlates of depression among South Korean older adults living in relative poverty. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 38, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2022.01.002
  • Chang, S. J., Kim, H. J., Juon, H. S., Park, H., Choi, S. W., Lee, K. E., & Ryu, H. (2022). A comparison of the influencing factors of chronic pain and quality of life between older Koreans and Korean-Americans with chronic pain: a correlational study. Quality of life research, 31(4):1179-1189. doi:10.1007/s11136-021-02983-2.
  • Lee, Y. H., Lee, Y., Ahn, J. A., Kim, H. J. (2022). Critical thinking disposition, medication error risk level of high-alert medication and medication safety competency among intensive care unit nurses. Journal of Korean Critical Care Nursing, 15 (2), 1-13.
  • Park, J.H., Osborne, R.H., Kim, H.J., Bae, S.H. (2022). Cultural and linguistic adaption and testing of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) among healthy people in Korea. PLoS One, Aug 1;17(8):e0271549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0271549.
  • Le, D., Kim, H.J., Wen, K.Y., Juon, H.S. (2022). Disparities in awareness of the HPV vaccine and HPV-associated cancers among racial/ethnic minority populations: 2018 HINTS. Ethn Health, 31:1-15. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2022.2116630. Epub ahead of print.
  • Min, S. M., Kim, H. J., Kim, C. J., Ahn, J.A. (2022). Post-traumatic Growth and it’s associations with deliberate rumination, self-disclosure, and social support among intensive care unit nurses. Journal of Korean Critical Care Nursing, 15 (2), 50-63.
  • Kim, H. J., Boo, S., & Meeker, T. J. (2021). Pain Prevalence, Management and Interference Among University Students in South Korea: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of pain research, 14, 2423–2431. https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S324758
  • Kim, H. J., Park, H., & Juon, H. S. (2021). The Mediating Role of Pain Catastrophizing on the Association Between Depression and Pain Severity and Interference Among Elderly Asian Immigrants with Chronic Pain. Journal of pain research, 14, 737–745.
  • Austin, E. N., Henson, A. P., Kim, H. J., Ogle, K. T., & Park, H. (2021). Analysis of Computer Adaptive Testing in a Pathopharmacology Course. The Journal of nursing education, 60 (3), 155–158.
  • Kim, H. S., Kim, H. J., & Juon, H. S. (2021). Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Patient-Provider Communication and the Role of E-Health Use. Journal of health communication, 26(3), 194–203.
  • Bonomo, A., Blume, D. L., Davis, K., & Kim, H. J. (2021). Implementing Volume-Based Feeding to Optimize Delivery of Enteral Nutrition. Critical care nurse, 41(2), 16–26.
  • Kim, K. H., Park, J. S., Kim, N. H., Nam, S. M., Park, J. O., Jeoung, S. E., Lee, H. J., Kim, H. J. (2021). Evidence-based nursing case for intake measurement method. Evidence and Nursing, 9 (1), 27-32.
  • Kim, H. J., Chang, S. J., Park, H., Choi, S. W., Juon, H. S., Lee, K. E., & Ryu, H. (2020). Intra-Ethnic Differences in Chronic Pain and the Associated Factors: An Exploratory, Comparative Design. Journal of nursing scholarship, 52(4), 389–396.
  • Kim, H. J., Nikstaitis, T., Park, H., Armstrong, A., Mark, H. (2019). Predictors and students’ perceptions for NCLEX-RN success in a BS program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(6), 32-40.
  • Friedmann, E., Galik, E., Thomas, S., Cheon, J., Han, N., Kim, H. J., & Gee, N. (2019) Relationship of behavioral interactions during an animal assisted intervention to health-related outcomes. Anthrozoos, 32(2), 221-238.
  • Kim, H. J., Greenspan, J. D., Slade G. D., Ohrbach, R., Fillingim, R. B., Dubner, R., … & Dorsey, S.G. (2019). Racial/ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity and associated factors – cardiovascular responsiveness and psychological status. Plos ONE, 14(4), e0215534.
  • Kim, H. J., Yang, G. S., Greenspan, J. D., Downton, K. D., Griffith, K. A., Renn, C. L., … & Dorsey, S. G. (2017) Racial and ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain, 158(2), 194-211.
  • Yang, G. S., Kim, H. J., Griffith, K. A., Zhu, S., Dorsey, S. G., & Renn, C. L. (2017). Interventions for the treatment of aromatase inhibitor – Associated arthralgia in breast cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer Nursing, 40(4), E26-E41.
  • Kim, H. J., Choi-Kwon, S., Kim, H., Park, Y., & Koh, C. (2015). Health-promoting lifestyle behaviors and psychological status among Arabs and Koreans in the United Arab Emirates. Research in Nursing & Health, 38(2), 133-141.
  • Kim, H. J., Pearce, M., & Choi-Kwon, S. (2015). Religious attendance, health-promoting lifestyle behaviors, and depressive symptoms among Koreans in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 17(4), 1098-1104.
  • Kim, H. J., Park, E., Storr, C. L., Tran, K., & Juon, H. (2015). Depression among Asian-American adults in the community: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Plos One, 10(6), 1-20.
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