Current Projects

Let’s K-Talk: A Storytelling Intervention Leveraging Chatbot Technology to Prevent HPV and HPV Associated Cancers for Ethnic Koreans living in the U.S.

Role: Principal Investigator (75% efforts, $459,715.27 total direct costs)

Funding: NIH/NINR

Duration: Sept. 23, 2022 – July 31, 2025

Human papillomavirus (HPV), a vaccine preventable infection, is the most common sexually transmitted infection impacting young men and women. This study focuses on Korean Americans, a population at high-risk of HPV-caused cancers that has low HPV vaccination coverage rates. This study proposes to refine a novel theory-guided, culturally appropriate storytelling HPV intervention that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot technology to facilitate timely, effective and sustained motivation to increase HPV vaccine uptake among Korean American men and women aged 18 – 26 years.

The Effect of Mini-Mindfulness and Narrative Nursing Interventions to Promote Nurse Leaders’ Resilience and Well-being

Role: Principal Investigator ($10,000)

Funding: Association for Leadership Science in Nursing

Duration: April 2022 – Sept. 2023

The project addresses the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing's research priority areas and aims to investigate the effects of a three-minute mindfulness breathing intervention and a narrative nursing intervention on promoting nurse leaders' well-being and resilience. The study includes a three-arm randomized behavioral trial and compare the outcomes of the intervention groups with the baseline, with the primary outcome being the nurse leaders' well-being and resilience at a four-week follow-up.

The Racial Experiences of Asian Nurses’ Lives (REAL) Study: Association between Perceived Discrimination and Racism among Asian Nurses in the U.S.

Role: Co-Investigator (with Principal Investigator Jin Jun, $10,000)

Funding: Global Korean Nursing Foundation

Duration: June 2022 – May 2023

This study aims to examine the psychosocial effects of Anti-Asian racism and discrimination on Asian nurses’ health and well-being. In doing so, researchers will collect data from nurses who self-identify as Asian or of Asian descent through several professional organizations and social media platforms to perform a cross-sectional correlational study.

Participant Approaches to Research Techniques, Nurture Engagement and Retention

Role: Co-Investigator (with Principal Investigator Ann Gakumo)

Funding: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Duration: April 2022 – Jan. 2024

The specific aims of this formative evaluation study are to: 1) To assess what Black PLWH understand about informed consent and assess their preferences related to the process; 2) To develop a patient-centered tool and determine its acceptability and feasibility for use in the informed consent process in HIV clinical trials. Final revisions for this early formative work will be used to prepare a submission of a clinical trial planning grant (R34) to support the development of a future R01 clinical trial.

Past Projects