Sohye Lee, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Sohye Lee

Professional Overview

Dr. Sohye Lee joined the Loewenberg College of Nursing faculty in 2017. She earned her BSN degree from Ajou University in South Korea and her PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Lee’s program of research focuses on addressing health equity for preventing chronic disease, especially cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and obesity, among underserved and racial/ethnic minority populations in community settings. She has a clinical background in cardiovascular nursing and has volunteer experience at the women’s only cardiac support group at the Minneapolis Heart Institute. During her doctoral program, she targeted obesity as one of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. She developed a weight-management program that combined mobile technology and peer group support for African American women. In addition, she worked as a senior research coordinator at the University of Minnesota to develop and test a new model to reduce risks for heart disease and stroke for African American men. She also worked as a graduate research assistant to test a mobile text messaging intervention for breast cancer screening for Korean American immigrant women. 

Dr. Lee’s current projects are focused on mitigating chronic disease (e.g., CVD and cancer) risk in ethnic and racial minority populations in community settings. Specific projects include several internal and external grant-funded projects; 1) exploring underserved minority women’s perspectives and attitudes towards health behavior changes to prevent cardiovascular disease (PI); 2) assessing racial discrimination and health outcomes among Asian Americans and African Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic (PI); assessing health disparities in HPV vaccination in Mid-South (Co-investigators).

  • PhD - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017)
  • BSN - Ajou University, Suwon, South Korea (2007)

  • Cardiology
  • Chronic disease
  • Community/​population health
  • Immigrants
  • Obesity
  • Research methods
  • Technology
  • Underserved populations
  • Vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • Women’s health

  • American Association of College of Nursing
  • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
  • Global Korean Nursing Foundation
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

  • Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nursing Faculty, The Daisy Foundation (2021)

  • †Jin, S. W., Lee, Y., Lee, S., Jin, H., & Brandt, H. M. (2023). Factors associated with college students’ Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and preferred strategies for catch-up vaccine promotion: A mixed-methods study. Vaccines, 11(6), 1124.
  • Heo, S., Kang, J., Umeakunne E., Lee, S., Bertulfo, T., Barbe, T., Kim, J., Black, V., An, M., Randolph, J. (2023). Effects of meditation intervention on self-management in adult patients with type 2 diabetes: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Online Ahead of Publication.
  • *†Lee, S., Hadidi, N., Lindgren, B., Kelley, R., & Lindquist, R. (2022). Peer group support intervention to reduce cardiovascular disease risk for African American Men according to Life’s Simple 7 in faith-based communities. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice. 36(3), 280-300.
  • *†Lee, S., Pantik, C., Duggirala, S.B., Lindquist, R. (2022). A comparison between self-reported and investigator-measured cardiovascular risk-related biometric numbers. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 44(8), 724-733.
  • †Lee, M. H., Farr, D., & Lee, S. (2022). Korean American immigrant women’s perceived breast cancer risk and prevention beliefs: A qualitative study. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 33(3), 306-313.
  • *Lee, S. & Pleshkan, V. (2022). Collaborative group writing in nursing research courses: Role assignment and peer evaluation. Journal of Nursing Education. Syllabus Selection. 61(4), 224.
  • Sasser, J., Gill, M., Wilson, J., Lee, S., & Richardson, T. (2021). College of Nursing–Sponsored Research Forum to promote student scholarship development. Journal of Nursing Education, Syllabus Selection, 60(3), 183-184.
  • †Jin, S., Lee, S., & Ahn, S. (2021). Is colorectal cancer screening associated with stages of weight control among Korean Americans aged 50–75 years old? Implications for weight control practice. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 8(4), 1026-1034.
  • *†Lee, S., Lindquist, R., Schorr, E., Chi, C., & Treat-Jacobson, D. (2020). Development, implementation, and participant evaluation of combining text messaging and peer group support in a weight management programme for African-American women. Journal of Research in Nursing, 25(5), 475-491.
  • †Jin, S.W., Lee, J., & Lee, S. (2019). Analyzing factors associated with decisional stage of adoption for colorectal cancer screening among older Korean Americans using precaution adoption process model. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 30(5), 461-470.
  • †Lee, H. Y., Lee, M. H., Sharratt, M., Lee, S., & Blaes, A. (2019). Development of a mobile health intervention to promote Papanicolaou tests and human papillomavirus vaccination in an underserved immigrant population: A culturally targeted and individually tailored text messaging approach. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7(6), e13256.
  • *†Lee, S., Schorr, E., Hadidi, N., Kelley, R., Treat-Jacobson, D., & Lindquist, R. (2018). Power of peer support to change health behavior to reduce risks for heart disease and stroke for African American men in a faith-based community. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5(5), 1107-1116.
  • *†Lee, S., Schorr, E., Chi, C-L., Treat-Jacobson, D., Mathiason, M. A., & Lindquist, R. (2018). Peer group and text message-based weight-loss and management intervention for African-American women. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 40(8), 1203-1219.
  • *Lee, S., & Lindquist, R. (2015). A review of technology-based interventions to maintain weight loss. Telemedicine and e-Health, 21(3), 1-17. 

* Corresponding author
† Data-based research article 

  • PI: Perceived racial discrimination and health outcomes among Asian Americans and African Americans. Funded by Benjamin Hooks Institute, University of Memphis
  • PI: Perspectives on health behaviors to reduce risks for cardiovascular disease among underserved women. Funded from Loewenberg College of Nursing (seed grant), University of Memphis