Soohyun Nam, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC
Soohyun Nam is an associate professor in the Adult-Gerontological, Family, and Women’s Health nurse practitioner specialty and PhD program. She received her BSN from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She received both a master’s degree as an adult nurse practitioner and a PhD in nursing from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Interdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Research at the Johns Hopkins University. She has been the principal investigator or project director on federally funded projects focusing on control and prevention of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. She is a nationally certified nurse practitioner who has been working with adults with diverse race/ethnicity. Dr. Nam found that adults of diverse race/ethnicity experience multiple barriers to accessing and navigating healthcare systems and to managing their chronic diseases that often require substantial health behavior change and self-management. As a clinician, researcher, and nurse educator Dr. Nam is committed to improving cardiovascular health and quality of life for high-risk, underserved population. She is currently conducting a study to understand social networks and obesity risk behaviors among African American women.
Dr. Nam has served on the committee of Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJFCSP). She is currently a steering committee member for Yale Center for Research and Engagement. Dr. Nam teaches courses related to primary care of adults.
Research Interests/Clinical Practice
Dr. Nam has expertise in the field of chronic disease self-management such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and health disparities research for underserved adults of diverse race/ethnicity.
Joiner, K., Nam, S., & Whittemore, R. Lifestyle Interventions based on the diabetes prevention program delievered via eHealth: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, Apr 26. pii: S0091-7435(17)30153-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.033. [Epub ahead of print]
Song, Y., Nam, S., Park, S., Shin, I., & Ku, B. The impact of social support on self-care of patients with diabetes: what is the effect of diabetes type? Systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes Educator, Jun 1:145721717712457. doi: 10.1177/0145721717712457. [Epub ahead of print]
Jang, M., Grey, M., Sadler, L., Jeon, S., Nam, S., Song, H. J., & Whittemore, R. Factors associated with school-aged children’s body mass index in Korean American families. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2017 Feb 8. doi: 10.1111/jan.13277. [Epub ahead of print]
Park, C., Jang, M., Nam, S., Grey, M., & Whittemore, R. Church-based recruitment to reach Korean immigrants: An integrative review. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2017 Apr 1. doi: 10.1177/0193945917703938. [Epub ahead of print]
Chin, D. L., Nam, S., & Lee, S. (2016). Occupational factors associated with obesity and leisure-time physical activity among nurses: A cross sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 57, 60-9.
Nam, S., Stewart, K. J., & Dobrosielski, D. (2016). Lifestyle intervention for sleep disturbances among overweight or obese individuals. Behavioral Sleep Medicine,14(3), 343-50.
Nam, S., Whittemore, R., Jeon, S., Davey-Rothwell, M. A., & Latkin, C. (2016). High blood pressure and related factors among individuals at high risk of HIV or sexually transmitted infections. Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 18(6), 572-80.
Park, C, Nam, S., & Whittemore, R. (2016). Incorporating cultural perspectives into diabetes self-management programs for East Asian Immigrants: A Mixed-study review. J Immigr Mino Health. 19(2), 454-67.
Nam, S., & Whittemore, R. (2016). Health values change over time in people with type 2 diabetes. Evid Based Nurs, doi:10.1136/eb-2015-102234
Nam, S., Redeker, N., & Whittemore, R. (2015). Social networks and future direction for obesity research: A scoping review. Nursing Outlook, 63(3), 299-317.
Nam, S., Whittemore R. (2014). Future directions for worksite cardiovascular risk factor reduction programs to reduce health disparities. Heart and Lung, 43(3), 173-4.
Nam, S., & Song, Y (2014). Role of self-efficacy in the relationship between patient-provider relationships and psychological insulin resistance among patients with type 2 diabetes, Journal of Contemporary Diabetes Research, 1(1), 1-15.
Minges, K. E., Chao, A., Nam, S., Grey, M., & Whittemore, R. (2014). Weight status, gender, and race/ethnicity: Are there differences in meeting recommended health behavior guidelines for adolescents? The Journal of School Nursing, 31(2),135-45.
Nam, S., Song, H., Park, S., & Song, Y. (2013). Challenges of diabetes management in immigrant Korean Americans. Diabetes Educator, 39(2), 213-21.
Nam, S., Janson, S. L., Stotts, N. A., Chesla, C., & Kroon, L. (2012). Effect of culturally-tailored diabetes education in ethnic minorities with type 2 diabetes: A meta-analysis. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 27(6), 505-18.
Nam, S., Dobrosielski, D. A., & Stewart, K. J. (2012). Predictors of exercise intervention dropout in sedentary individuals with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 32(6), 370-8.
Nam, S., Han, H., Song, H., Song, Y., Kim, K. B., & Kim, M. T. (2011). Utility of point-of-care device in recruiting ethnic minorities and determining eligibility for community-partnered diabetes research. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(4), 1253-1263.
Nam, S., Chesla, C., Stotts, N. A., & Kroon, L., & Janson, S. L. (2011). Barriers to diabetes management: Patient and Provider Factors. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 93(1), 1-9.
Nam, S., Chesla, C., Stotts, N. A., Kroon, L. & Janson, S. L. (2010). Factors associated with psychological insulin resistance in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, 33(8), 1747-1749