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HaeOk Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

HaeOk Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Nursing, University Of Massachusetts - Boston

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Dr. Lee is an experienced nurse behavioral scientist with extensive clinical and research experience with immigrant populations. Her hands-on experiences in working with immigrants, especially Asian Americans, has provided her with the skills and expertise to address the unique, unusual, and unnecessary infection-related cancer health disparities confronting minority and immigrant populations. Dr. Lee’s studies have focused locally, nationally, and globally to reduce cervical and liver cancer burdens among underserved and understudied populations. She, in collaboration with colleagues from the world of academics, clinical health settings, and the community, has conducted randomized clinical trials and observational, qualitative, and community based participatory studies to improve the scientific knowledge of the root causes of health disparities and to develop culturally sensitive cancer prevention intervention to eliminate them.

Dr. Lee has been the PI on NIH-funded grants focused primarily on cancer prevention research among Asian Americans. Her research has played a critical role in the national and international recognition of health disparities, especially related to cervical and liver cancer among Asians and Africans. Dr. Lee has developed a population-specific instrument to inform liver and cervical cancer prevention educations and interventions to modify the root causes of bio-socio-cultural factors associated with infection-related cancers and a theoretical framework reflecting the culture and health behaviors of the targeted population. Dr. Lee is particularly interested in cultural-linguistic responsive and theory-based narrative health communication interventions tailored to Asian American and immigrant populations. Her research, which is noteworthy for its theoretical base, holds considerable promise for the development of practice guidelines and interventions for improving both health communication and health behaviors to reduce health disparities.

Publications

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  • Lee H, Kang Y, Ju W. Cervical Cancer Screening in Developing Countries: Using Visual Inspection Methods. 2016; 20:79-83. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kiang P, Tang SS, Chea P, Peou S, Semino-Asaro S, Grigg-Saito DC. Khmer American Mothers' Knowledge about HPV and HBV Infection and Their Perceptions of Parenting: My English Speaking Daughter Knows More. Asian Nurs Res (Korean Soc Nurs Sci) 2015; 9:168-74. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kim S, DeMarco R, Aronowitz T, Mtengezo J, Kang Y, Yang Y, Touch C, Fitzpatrick JJ. Recognizing global disparities in health and in health transitions in the 21st century: what can nurses do? Appl Nurs Res 2015; 28:60-5. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kiang P, Chea P, Peou S, Tang SS, Yang J, Fawcett J, Hann HW. HBV-related health behaviors in a socio-cultural context: perspectives from Khmers and Koreans. Appl Nurs Res 2014. PubMed
  • Lee H, Fitzpatrick JJ, Baik SY. Why isn't evidence based practice improving health care for minorities in the United States? Appl Nurs Res 2013; 26:263-8. PubMed
  • Lee H, Kiang P, Watanabe P, Halon P, Shi L, Church DR. Hepatitis B virus infection and immunizations among Asian American college students: infection, exposure, and immunity rates. J Am Coll Health 2013; 61:67-74. PubMed
  • Lee H, Fawcett J, Yang JH, Hann HW. Correlates of hepatitis B virus health-related behaviors of Korean Americans: a situation-specific nursing theory. J Nurs Scholarsh 2012. PubMed
  • Lee H, Hann HW, Yang JH, Fawcett J. Recognition and management of HBV infection in a social context. J Cancer Educ 2011. PubMed
  • Lee H, Yang JH, Cho MO, Fawcett J. Complexity and Uncertainty of Living with an Invisible Virus of Hepatitis B in Korea. J Cancer Educ 2010; 25:337-42. PubMed
  • Lee H, Park W. Public health policy for management of hepatitis B virus infection: historical review of recommendations for immunization. Public Health Nurs 2010; 27:148-57. PubMed
  • Lee H, Baik SY. Health disparities or data disparities: sampling issues in hepatitis B Virus infection among Asian American Pacific Islander studies. Appl Nurs Res 2010. PubMed
  • Lee H, Park W, Yang JH, You KS. Management of hepatitis B virus infection. Gastroenterol Nurs 2010; 33:120-6; quiz 127-8. PubMed
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