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Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN

Abramson Cancer Center

Degree and Institution

PhD, Nursing Science, School of Nursing, University of California
MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cross-Cultural & Community Health Nursing, University of California
MPH, School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

Faculty Title

Professor and Marjorie O. Rendell Endowed Professor, Healthy Nursing Transitions

Clinical Expertise
breast cancer, cancer survivorship, cancer pain, Internet cancer support groups, international and cross-cultural women's health issues, physical activity, and menopausal symptoms

Honors and Award

  • July 2010, Featured in Austin American-Statesman, “Race, ethnicity may affect how women experience menopause, UT research says,” July 31, 2010 (Saturday).
  • July 2010, Featured in the American Online (AOL), “Menopause: An Optimistic Outlook. Women view menopause more positively.
  • 2010, Invited Member for the NIH, College of CSR (Center for Scientific Research) Reviewers
  • 2009, The University of Texas at Austin, Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award
  • 2007, Centennial Alumni Recognition Award, the 100th Celebration of College of Nursing at Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 2007, La Quinta Motor Inns. Inc. Centennial Professorship in Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Texas, Austin
  • 2006, Featured in Austin American-Statesman, “Menopause and Ethnicity at Heart of UT research,” December 10, 2006 (Sunday).
  • 2006, The University of Texas at Austin, Dean’s Excellence Award, Research Award
  • 2006, Nominee of the “Best Research Paper,” Excellent Research Awards by the University of Texas Co-op.
  • 2005, Ranked 7th among the most frequently cited articles in Western Journal of Nursing Research (Meanings of menopause to Korean women, West J Nurs Res Feb 01, 2000 22: 84-102).
  • 2005, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • 2005-2009, Charter Member for NIH, The Center for Scientific Review, The Nursing Science: Children and Families (NSCF) study section.
  • 2005, The featured researcher, “Dr. Eun-Ok Im”, in NurseWeek ( and Nurse Spectrum (
  • 2005-2007, Ed and Molly Smith Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • 2005, D. Jean Wood Nursing Scholarship Award, the Southern Nursing Research Society
  • 2004, The Oncology Nursing Society featured researcher, “Highlight a Researcher,” the ONS Website at
  • 2004, The University of Texas at Austin, Dean’s Excellence Award, Writing Award
  • 2002-2003, Ed and Molly Smith Centennial Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
  • UWM Graduate School and UWM Foundation Research Award
  • 2002-2003, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Graduate School Research Committee Award.
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools/ American Nurses Foundation Scholar.
  • 2000, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Nursing, Faculty Research Initiative Award.


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Contact Information

Eun-Ok Im
University of Pennsylvania
School of Nursing, #411
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office Phone: 215-898-9993
Fax: 215-746-3374

Dr. Im's program of research adopts Internet and computer technologies to eliminate gender and ethnic disparities in oncology care. Dr. Im's doctoral research and post-doctoral study focused on international cross-cultural women’s health research. Then, her work extended to oncology areas, and she developed Internet research methodology as an area of expertise. She further integrated this line of work with research projects on gender and ethnic differences in cancer pain, menopausal symptoms, and physical activity as principal investigator through a series of NIH-funded, R01 awards. She has taken the lead in this burgeoning field, and her R01 studies are among the first of their kind to use these technologies to build knowledge. She has also gained national and international recognition as a methodologist and theorist in international cross-cultural women’s health research through over 100 refereed journal publications and over 160 professional presentations. Her work on Internet research methodologies are frequently cited among researchers using Internet and computer technologies. Dr. Im has been on dozens of research review panels (NIH study sections), is on the editorial boards of 3 scientific journals and is on the editorial review boards of 10 journals.