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Eric S. Kim, Ph.D.

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Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MAPostdoc2017Cardiovascular Epidemiology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIPh.D.2015Clinical Psychology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIB.A.2009Psychology


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  1. K99AG055696 (KIM, ERIC) Aug 1, 2018 - May 31, 2021
    Characterizing the mechanisms behind the association between purpose in life and health
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. K99AG055696 (Eric Kim) Jul 19, 2018 - Jul 19, 2023
    Characterizing the mechanisms behind the association between purpose in life and health
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Fuller-Rowell TE, Nichols OI, Jokela M, Kim ES, Yildirim ED, Ryff CD. A Changing Landscape of Health Opportunity in the United States: Increases in the Strength of Association Between Childhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Adult Health Between the 1990s and the 2010s. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 12. PMID: 33710274.
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  2. Kim ES, Delaney SW, Tay L, Chen Y, Diener ED, Vanderweele TJ. Life Satisfaction and Subsequent Physical, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Health in Older Adults. Milbank Q. 2021 03; 99(1):209-239. PMID: 33528047.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  3. Chen Y, Kim ES, VanderWeele TJ. Religious-service attendance and subsequent health and well-being throughout adulthood: evidence from three prospective cohorts. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 Jan 23; 49(6):2030-2040. PMID: 32793951.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  4. Lee HH, Okuzono SS, Kim ES, De Vivo I, Raffield LM, Glover L, Sims M, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Optimism and telomere length among African American adults in the Jackson Heart Study. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2021 Mar; 125:105124. PMID: 33434830.
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  5. Chen Y, Kim ES, Shields AE, VanderWeele TJ. Antecedents of Purpose in Life: Evidence from A Lagged Exposure-Wide Analysis. Cogent Psychol. 2020; 7(1). PMID: 33072817.
  6. Kim ES, Chen Y, Kawachi I, VanderWeele TJ. Perceived neighborhood social cohesion and subsequent health and well-being in older adults: An outcome-wide longitudinal approach. Health Place. 2020 11; 66:102420. PMID: 32905980.
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  7. Kim ES, Ryff C, Hassett A, Brummett C, Yeh C, Strecher V. Sense of Purpose in Life and Likelihood of Future Illicit Drug Use or Prescription Medication Misuse. Psychosom Med. 2020 09; 82(7):715-721. PMID: 32697442.
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  8. VanderWeele TJ, Chen Y, Long K, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Kubzansky LD. The Authors Respond. Epidemiology. 2020 09; 31(5):e37-e38. PMID: 32345955.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  9. Chopik WJ, Kim ES, Schwaba T, Krämer MD, Smith J. Changes in optimism and pessimism in response to life events: Evidence from three large panel studies. J Res Pers. 2020 Oct; 88. PMID: 32773905.
    Citations: 2     
  10. Kim ES, Shiba K, Boehm JK, Kubzansky LD. Sense of purpose in life and five health behaviors in older adults. Prev Med. 2020 10; 139:106172. PMID: 32593729.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  11. Kim ES, Whillans AV, Lee MT, Chen Y, VanderWeele TJ. Volunteering and Subsequent Health and Well-Being in Older Adults: An Outcome-Wide Longitudinal Approach. Am J Prev Med. 2020 08; 59(2):176-186. PMID: 32536452.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  12. VanderWeele TJ, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Allin P, Farrelly C, Fletcher G, Frederick DE, Hall J, Helliwell JF, Kim ES, Lauinger WA, Lee MT, Lyubomirsky S, Margolis S, McNeely E, Tay L, Viswanath V, Weziak-Bialowolska D, Kubzansky LD. Brief well-being assessments, or nothing at all? Prev Med. 2020 06; 135:106095. PMID: 32305580.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  13. VanderWeele TJ, Chen Y, Long K, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Kubzansky LD. Positive Epidemiology? Epidemiology. 2020 03; 31(2):189-193. PMID: 31809344.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Kim ES, James P, Zevon ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Kubzansky LD, Grodstein F. Social Media as an Emerging Data Resource for Epidemiologic Research: Characteristics of Regular and Nonregular Social Media Users in Nurses' Health Study II. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 02 28; 189(2):156-161. PMID: 31595957.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. VanderWeele TJ, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Allin P, Farrelly C, Fletcher G, Frederick DE, Hall J, Helliwell JF, Kim ES, Lauinger WA, Lee MT, Lyubomirsky S, Margolis S, McNeely E, Messer N, Tay L, Viswanath V, Weziak-Bialowolska D, Kubzansky LD. Current recommendations on the selection of measures for well-being. Prev Med. 2020 Feb 01; 133:106004. PMID: 32006530.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  16. Kim ES, Tindle HA, Kubzansky LD, Liu S, Duncan MS, Manson JE, Springfield S, Salmoirago-Blotcher E, Shadyab AH, Liu B, Grodstein F, De Vivo I. The Relation of Optimism to Relative Telomere Length in Older Men and Women. Psychosom Med. 2020 Feb/Mar; 82(2):165-171. PMID: 31688458.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  17. Oh J, Chopik WJ, Kim ES. The association between actor/partner optimism and cognitive functioning among older couples. J Pers. 2020 08; 88(4):822-832. PMID: 31784979.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  18. Kim ES, Delaney SW, Kubzansky LD. Sense of Purpose in Life and Cardiovascular Disease: Underlying Mechanisms and Future Directions. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2019 10 31; 21(11):135. PMID: 31673815.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Clifton JDW, Kim ES. Healthy in a crummy world: Implications of primal world beliefs for health psychology. Med Hypotheses. 2020 Feb; 135:109463. PMID: 31739079.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  20. Lee LO, James P, Zevon ES, Kim ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Spiro A, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 09 10; 116(37):18357-18362. PMID: 31451635.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Kim ES, Fong K, Lee L, Spiro A, Schwartz J, Whitsel E, Horvath S, Wang C, Hou L, Baccarelli AA, Li Y, Stewart J, Manson JE, Grodstein F, DeMeo DL, Kubzansky LD. Optimism is not associated with two indicators of DNA methylation aging. Aging (Albany NY). 2019 07 18; 11(14):4970-4989. PMID: 31322503.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  22. Trudel-Fitzgerald C, James P, Kim ES, Zevon ES, Grodstein F, Kubzansky LD. Prospective associations of happiness and optimism with lifestyle over up to two decades. Prev Med. 2019 09; 126:105754. PMID: 31220509.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Kim ES, James P, Zevon ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Kubzansky LD, Grodstein F. Optimism and Healthy Aging in Women and Men. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 06 01; 188(6):1084-1091. PMID: 30834429.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Chen Y, Kim ES, Koh HK, Frazier AL, VanderWeele TJ. Sense of Mission and Subsequent Health and Well-Being Among Young Adults: An Outcome-Wide Analysis. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 04 01; 188(4):664-673. PMID: 30649174.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Kim ES, VanderWeele TJ. Mediators of the Association Between Religious Service Attendance and Mortality. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 01 01; 188(1):96-101. PMID: 30265277.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. James P, Kim ES, Kubzansky LD, Zevon ES, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, Grodstein F. Optimism and Healthy Aging in Women. Am J Prev Med. 2019 01; 56(1):116-124. PMID: 30573140.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Kubzansky LD, Huffman JC, Boehm JK, Hernandez R, Kim ES, Koga HK, Feig EH, Lloyd-Jones DM, Seligman MEP, Labarthe DR. Reprint of: Positive Psychological Well-Being and Cardiovascular Disease: JACC Health Promotion Series. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 12 11; 72(23 Pt B):3012-3026. PMID: 30522634.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Boehm JK, Soo J, Zevon ES, Chen Y, Kim ES, Kubzansky LD. Longitudinal associations between psychological well-being and the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Health Psychol. 2018 Oct; 37(10):959-967. PMID: 30234355.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  29. Kubzansky LD, Huffman JC, Boehm JK, Hernandez R, Kim ES, Koga HK, Feig EH, Lloyd-Jones DM, Seligman MEP, Labarthe DR. Positive Psychological Well-Being and Cardiovascular Disease: JACC Health Promotion Series. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 09 18; 72(12):1382-1396. PMID: 30213332.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Chopik WJ, Kim ES, Smith J. An examination of dyadic changes in optimism and physical health over time. Health Psychol. 2018 01; 37(1):42-50. PMID: 28967767.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Kim ES, Kawachi I, Chen Y, Kubzansky LD. Association Between Purpose in Life and Objective Measures of Physical Function in Older Adults. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017 10 01; 74(10):1039-1045. PMID: 28813554.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Kim ES, Kubzansky LD, Soo J, Boehm JK. Maintaining Healthy Behavior: a Prospective Study of Psychological Well-Being and Physical Activity. Ann Behav Med. 2017 Jun; 51(3):337-347. PMID: 27822613.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Lee DB, Kim ES, Neblett EW. The link between discrimination and telomere length in African American adults. Health Psychol. 2017 05; 36(5):458-467. PMID: 28425738.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Kim ES, Kawachi I. Perceived Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Preventive Healthcare Use. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Aug; 53(2):e35-e40. PMID: 28214249.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  35. Sun JK, Kim ES, Smith J. Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging and Lower Rate of Overnight Hospitalization in the US Population Over Age 50. Psychosom Med. 2017 01; 79(1):81-90. PMID: 27359184.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Kim ES, Hagan KA, Grodstein F, DeMeo DL, De Vivo I, Kubzansky LD. Optimism and Cause-Specific Mortality: A Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 01 01; 185(1):21-29. PMID: 27927621.
    Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Gawronski KA, Kim ES, Langa KM, Kubzansky LD. Dispositional Optimism and Incidence of Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults. Psychosom Med. 2016 09; 78(7):819-28. PMID: 27284699.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Kubzansky LD, Kim ES, Salinas J, Huffman JC, Kawachi I. Happiness, health, and mortality. Lancet. 2016 Jul 02; 388(10039):27. PMID: 27397787.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Guancial EA, Kilari D, Xiao GQ, Abu-Farsakh SH, Baran A, Messing EM, Kim ES. Platinum Concentration and Pathologic Response to Cisplatin-Based Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer. PLoS One. 2016; 11(5):e0155503. PMID: 27187160.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Kim ES, Konrath SH. Volunteering is prospectively associated with health care use among older adults. Soc Sci Med. 2016 Jan; 149:122-9. PMID: 26714304.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Chopik WJ, Kim ES, Smith J. Changes in Optimism Are Associated with Changes in Health Over Time Among Older Adults. Soc Psychol Personal Sci. 2015 Sep; 6(7):814-822. PMID: 27114753.
    Citations: 21     
  42. Kim ES, Hershner SD, Strecher VJ. Purpose in life and incidence of sleep disturbances. J Behav Med. 2015 Jun; 38(3):590-7. PMID: 25822118.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Kim ES, Ye Y, Vaporciyan AA, Xing J, Huang M, Gu J, Roth JA, Lippman SM, Wu X. Telomere length and recurrence risk after curative resection in patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer: a prospective cohort study. J Thorac Oncol. 2015 Feb; 10(2):302-8. PMID: 25299235.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  44. Kim ES, Kubzansky LD, Smith J. Life satisfaction and use of preventive health care services. Health Psychol. 2015 Jul; 34(7):779-82. PMID: 25420064.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Kim ES, Strecher VJ, Ryff CD. Purpose in life and use of preventive health care services. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Nov 18; 111(46):16331-6. PMID: 25368165.
    Citations: 52     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  46. Park N, Peterson C, Szvarca D, Vander Molen RJ, Kim ES, Collon K. Positive Psychology and Physical Health: Research and Applications. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2016 May-Jun; 10(3):200-206. PMID: 30202275.
    Citations: 2     
  47. Kim ES, Moored KD, Giasson HL, Smith J. Satisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services. Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 69:176-80. PMID: 25240763.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Kim ES, Hawes AM, Smith J. Perceived neighbourhood social cohesion and myocardial infarction. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2014 Nov; 68(11):1020-6. PMID: 25135074.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Gawronski KA, Kim ES, Miller LE. Potentially traumatic events and serious life stressors are prospectively associated with frequency of doctor visits and overnight hospital visits. J Psychosom Res. 2014 Aug; 77(2):90-6. PMID: 25077848.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Kim ES, Tang X, Peterson DR, Kilari D, Chow CW, Fujimoto J, Kalhor N, Swisher SG, Stewart DJ, Wistuba II, Siddik ZH. Copper transporter CTR1 expression and tissue platinum concentration in non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer. 2014 Jul; 85(1):88-93. PMID: 24792335.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Kim ES, Chopik WJ, Smith J. Are people healthier if their partners are more optimistic? The dyadic effect of optimism on health among older adults. J Psychosom Res. 2014 Jun; 76(6):447-53. PMID: 24840138.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Kim ES, Smith J, Kubzansky LD. Prospective study of the association between dispositional optimism and incident heart failure. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 May; 7(3):394-400. PMID: 24647117.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Kim ES, Park N, Sun JK, Smith J, Peterson C. Life satisfaction and frequency of doctor visits. Psychosom Med. 2014 Jan; 76(1):86-93. PMID: 24336427.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Kim ES, Park N, Peterson C. Perceived neighborhood social cohesion and stroke. Soc Sci Med. 2013 Nov; 97:49-55. PMID: 24161088.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Kim ES, Sun JK, Park N, Peterson C. Purpose in life and reduced incidence of stroke in older adults: 'The Health and Retirement Study'. J Psychosom Res. 2013 May; 74(5):427-32. PMID: 23597331.
    Citations: 45     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Hartmann W, Kim ES, Wendt D, Kim J, Nguyen T, Nagata D, Gone J. In search of cultural diversity, revisited: Publication trends in ethnic minority and cross-cultural psychology. Review of General Psychology. 2013; 3(17):243-254.
  57. Kim ES, Sun JK, Park N, Kubzansky LD, Peterson C. Purpose in life and reduced risk of myocardial infarction among older U.S. adults with coronary heart disease: a two-year follow-up. J Behav Med. 2013 Apr; 36(2):124-33. PMID: 22359156.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  58. Peterson C, Park N, Kim ES. Can optimism decrease risk of illness and disease among the elderly?. Aging Health. 2012; 1(8):5-8.
  59. Kim ES, Park N, Peterson C. Dispositional optimism protects older adults from stroke: the Health and Retirement Study. Stroke. 2011 Oct; 42(10):2855-9. PMID: 21778446.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  60. Brunwasser SM, Gillham JE, Kim ES. A meta-analytic review of the Penn Resiliency Program's effect on depressive symptoms. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2009 Dec; 77(6):1042-54. PMID: 19968381.
    Citations: 71     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  61. Harrington EO, Brunelle JL, Shannon CJ, Kim ES, Mennella K, Rounds S. Role of protein kinase C isoforms in rat epididymal microvascular endothelial barrier function. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2003 May; 28(5):626-36. PMID: 12707019.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  62. Li Z, Kim ES, Bearer EL. Arp2/3 complex is required for actin polymerization during platelet shape change. Blood. 2002 Jun 15; 99(12):4466-74. PMID: 12036877.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  63. Peterson C, Kim ES. Psychological interventions and coronary heart disease. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. 3(11):563-575.
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