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Young-Me Lee

  • Professor and Vincent DePaul Professor, Nursing
  • ​​​​​​PhD, RN​​
  • School of Nursing
  • (773) 325-4105
  • ​990 W.​ Fullerton, room 2304

My research focuses on community-based scholarship addressing preventive health behaviors and global health as related to depression, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and health disparities among minority and underserved populations. My other related work includes representing DePaul University as Co-PI in the Bridges to the Doctorate Program (R25), a National Institute of Health grant where I have aided in the recruitment of underrepresented minority nursing students for the PhD program in order to diversify the nursing workforce and reduce health disparities in the health science field. My intensive, collaborative research experience includes a strong research foundation in qualitative, quantitative, literature review, and mixed-method research methodologies.

Specialization and Interests
  • Public health
  • Health disparities
  • Underserved populations
  • Depression
  • Coping
  • Community-based research
  • Sexually transmitted infections among Hispanic and African-American adolescents
  • Community-based intervention programs
  • Global health
Awards and Honors
  • Recognition of the Presenter from Global Korean Nursing Association
  • Outstanding Leader Award from Chicago Korean Nurse Association
  • Outstanding Scholar from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center: Golden Lamp Society Award (Recognition of Outstanding doctoral nursing student)
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center: The Mary S. Oakley Gerontological Nursing Research Award
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center: The College of Nursing Dean’s Award
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center: Alumni Association Award
  • Outstanding Service Award, Global Korean Nursing Foundation

    Awards from 2018 and 2020:
  • 2019: Pinnacle Nurse Leader Recognition, 22nd Power of Nursing Leadership
  • 2019: Outstanding Service Awards, Global Korean Nursing Association
  • 2018: Vincent DePaul Professor Award, DePaul University
DePaul Affiliations
  • Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program
  • Chair, School of Nursing Local Review Board
  • Pre-Health Advising Committee
Professional Affiliations
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Midwest Korean Nurses Association
  • The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA)
  • The Global Korean Nursing Foundation (GKNF)
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (from 2019-2020)
Note: The asterisk (*) denotes DePaul graduate student

Lee, Y. M., Hyun, M. Y., Choi, S., & Aquino, E. (2021). Mediating role of spirituality in relationship of depression and problematic drinking and gambling. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 32(2), 79-87.

*Furtado, S., *Stallworth, T., Lee, Y.M., & Tariman, (2021). J. Stressors and Coping Strategies of Pediatric Oncology Patients: A Literature Review. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 25(4), 367-371.

Bernstein, K., Lee, Y. M., Gona, P., Shin, H., Cho, S., & Park, Y. (2021). Depression, depression literacy, and sociodemographic characteristics of Korean Americans: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23(3), 547-557.

Lee, H. Y., Lee, H. K., Kim, Y. R., Kim, S. K., & Lee, Y. M. (2020). Network support using social networking services to increase exercise adherence for Korean-Chinese middle aged migrant women: A mixed-methods study. Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth and uHealth, 8(11):e19159. doi: 10.2196/19159.

Cho, M. K., Lee, Y. M., Lim, S. J.., & Lee, H. K. (2020). Factors associated with the health literacy on social determinants of health: A focus on socioeconomic position and work environment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18), 6663:

 Lee, E. K., Lee, Y. M., & Rische, L. (2020). Factors affecting depression in high school students with chronic illness: A nationwide cross-sectional study in South Korea. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 34(3), 164–168.

Bernstein, K., Shin, H., Park, G. K., Lee, Y. M., & Hong, O. S. (2020). Evaluation of physical and mental health literacy among Korean Americans. Health Education and Behavior, 47(3), 457–467.

Lee, E. K., Park, S. K., Lee, Y. M., & Rische, L. (2020). Factors associated with maintaining smoking cessation in adolescents after implementation of tobacco price increase policy in South Korea: Using the 11th youth health behavior online survey conducted in 2015. Research in Nursing and Health, 43, 40–47.

Cho, M. K., Lee, H. Y., Lee., Y. M., Lee, J. I., & Min, H. Y. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Korean version of health literacy on social determents of health questionnaire (K-HL-SDHQ). PLOS ONE, 14(11): e0224557.

Kim, Y. L., Lee, Y. M., Cho, M. K., & Lee, H. Y. (2019). Effect of a pedometer-based, 24 week walking intervention on depression and acculturation stress among migrant women workers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(22), 4385–4398. doi:10.3390/ijerph16224385

Amer, K., Aquino, E., Handrup, J., Larimer, K., Lee, Y. M., Morales, M., & Simonovich, S. (2019). Integration of a community based engagement model of service learning in a master’s entry nursing program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(10), 107–111. 

Lee, Y. M., *Mondragón, E., Jeong, Y. M., Lee, H., Aquino, E., & Shim, K. (2019). Exploring the need of HPV education programs in Korean American communities. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 36(1), 12–16.

*Woods, T., Tariman, J., & Lee, Y. M. (2019). Enteral versus parenteral nutrition in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients: An integrative review of literature. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 23(4), 351–354.​