B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007; M.A., University of California Davis, 2011; Ph.D., University of California Davis, 2014; Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California San Francisco, 2017
Area(s) of Specialization:
health disparities; tobacco use and smoking cessation; food insecurity; mental health; race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status
My research program examines socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in tobacco use and smoking cessation. My work examines the intersection of food insecurity, psychological distress, and smoking, towards promoting smoking cessation in populations who disproportionately face tobacco-related health problems.
I am Principal Investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded career development award (K01), Promoting Smoking Cessation among Individuals with Food Insecurity. This research draws on previous work indicating that food insecurity is independently associated with higher smoking prevalence, and that higher smoking prevalence among socioeconomically disadvantaged groups is partly due to the disparity in successful quit attempts. The K01 study aims to examine lived experiences of food insecurity and food insecurity-related stress to understand how it may pose barriers to smoking cessation. The ultimate goal is to develop an outreach program connecting individuals with or at risk for food insecurity to evidence-based smoking cessation resources. Overall my work draws on a range of social and behavioral science research methodologies (including mixed methods), towards conducting community-based research with implications for policy. A separate area of research examines disparities in mental health treatment access and outcomes for racial/ethnic minorities, with an emphasis on Asian American populations.
Kim JE, Tsoh JY, Flentje A, Riley ED. Cigarette smoking among women who are homeless or unstably housed: Examining the role of food insecurity. Journal of Urban Health, in press.
Kim JE, Tsoh JY. Cigarette smoking among socioeconomically disadvantaged young adults in association with food insecurity and other factors. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2016;13.