Faculty Directory

Home > Academics > Faculty Directory

Kim, Sun Young

Kim, Sun Young (full-time Professor)
Faculty Appointment
(title, department)
Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Control and Population Health
Area of Expertise

Biostatistics, Environmental Statistics and Epidemiology, Spatial Analysis
Contact no
Previous Appointment(s) Held
Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Health and Environment & Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2014-2017.
Research Scientist, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2012-2014.
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2005-2012.
Educational Background
Ph.D. Public Health Science (Biostatistics major), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2005.
M.P.H. Public Health Science (Biostatistics major), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, 2002.
B.A. Health Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, 1998.
Research Interests
Dr. Sun-Young Kim earned her PhD in Public Health Science with Biostatistics major at the Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Health in Seoul, Korea, and have continued her research at the University of Washington in U.S. and Seoul National University. Dr. Kim’s research focuses on environmental statistics and epidemiology. Specifically, she works with development of spatio-temporal air pollution prediction models and health effect analysis of air pollution.
International Collaboration
Member, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology
1. Yi SJ, Shon C, Min KD, Kim HC, Leem JH, Hong S, Kim K, Kim SY. Association between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and prevalence of allergic diseases in children, Seoul, Korea. BioMed Research International 2017 (in press).

2. Fann N, Kim SY, Olives C, Sheppard L. The scope and magnitude of the public burden from PM2.5 between 1980 and 2010 Environmental Health Perspectives 2017 (in press).

3. Lee MK, Hong Y, Kim SY, Kim W, London S. Epigenome-wide association study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung function in Koreans. Epigenomics 2017;9(7):971-984.

4. Min KD, Kwon HJ, Kim KS, Kim SY. Air Pollution Monitoring Design for Epidemiological Application in a Densely Populated City. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 2017;14:686.

5. Oh GR, Heo J, Yi SM, Kim SY. Reliability and accuracy of the Deployable Particulate Impact Sampler (DPIS) for application to spatial PM2.5 sampling in Seoul, Korea. Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment 2017;33(3):277-288.

6. Kim SY. Song I. National scale exposure prediction approach for long-term concentrations of PM10 and NO2 in South Korea. Environmental Pollution 2017:226;21-29.

7. Km O, Kim SY, Kwon HY, Kim H. Data Issues and Suggestions in the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort for Assessing the Long-term Health Effects of Air Pollution Focusing on Mortality. Journal of Health Informatics and Statistics 2017:42(1);89-99 (Korean).

8. Kim SY, Olives C, Sheppard L, Sampson PD, Larson TV, Kaufman JD. Historical prediction modeling approach for estimating long-term concentrations of PM2.5 in cohort studies before the 1999 implementation of widespread monitoring. Environmental Health Perspectives 2017;125:38-46.

9. Song I, Kim SY. Estimation of representative areal concentrations particulate air pollution in Seoul, Korea. Journal of the Korean Association of Geographic Information Studies 2016:19(4);1-15 (Korean).

10. Nasari M, Szyszkowicz M, Chen H, Crouse D, Turner M, Jerrett M, Pope CA, Hubbell B, Fann N, Cohen A, Gapstur SM, Diver WR, Stieb D, Forouzanfar MH, Kim SY, Olives C, Krewski D, Burnett RT. A class of non-linear exposure-response models suitable for health impact assessment applicable to large cohort studies of ambient air pollution. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health 2016;9(8):961-972.

11. Kaufman JD, Spalt EW, Curl CL, Hajat A, Jones MR, Kim SY, Vedal S, Szipro AA, Gassett A, Sheppard L, Daviglus M, Adar S. Advances in understanding air pollution and cardiovascular diseases: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air). Global Heart 2016:11(3);343-352.

12. Lee MK, Hong Y, Kim SY, London SJ, Kim WJ. DNA methylation and smoking in Korean adults: Epigenome-wide association study. Clinical Epigenetics 2016;8:103.

13. Kim SY, Sheppard L, Bergen S, Szpiro AA, Sampson PD, Kaufman JD, Vedal S. Prediction of fine particulate matter chemical components for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis cohort: A comparison of two modeling approaches. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2016;26(5):520-528.

14. Yi SJ, Eum Y, Kim H, Kim SY. Exploration and application of regulatory PM10 measurement data for developing long-term prediction models in South Korea. Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment 2016;32(1):114-126 (Korean).

15. Wang M, Keller JP, Adar SD, Kim SY, Larson TV, Olives C, Sampson PD, Sheppard L, Szpiro AA, Vedal S, Kaufman JD. Development of Long-term Spatiotemporal Models for Ambient Ozone in Six Metropolitan regions of the United States: The MESA Air Study. Atmospheric Environment 2015;123 (Part A):79-87.

16. Eum Y, Kim HC, Leem JH, Kim SY. Computation of geographical variables for air pollution prediction models in South Korea. Environmental Health and Toxicology 2015;30:e2015010.

17. Jiao J, Moudon AV, Kim SY, Huvitz PM. Drewnowski A. Health, socio-demographic, and locational characteristics of self-reported quick service and fast food users. Nutrition and Diabetes 2015:5;e171.

18. Kim SY, Dutton SJ, Sheppard L, Miller SL, Hannigan MP, Vedal S. The short-term association of selected components of fine particulate matter and daily mortality in the Denver Aerosol Sources and Health (DASH) study. Environmental Health 2015;14:49.

19. Kim SY, Sheppard L, Larson T, Kaufman JD, Vedal S. Combining PM2.5 component data from multiple sources: data consistency and characteristics relevant to epidemiological analyses of predicted long-term exposures. Environmental Health Perspectives 2015;123(7):651-658.

20. Lee A, Sheppard L, Szpiro AA, Kim SY. Impact of preferential sampling on exposure prediction and health effect inference in the context of air pollution epidemiology. Environmetrics 2015;26:255-267.

21. Keller JP, Olives C, Kim SY, Sheppard L, Sampson PD, Szpiro AA, Vedal S, Kaufman J. A unified spatiotemporal modeling approach for prediction of multiple air pollutants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution. Environmental Health Perspectives 2015;123(4):301-309.

22. Kim SY, Sheppard L, Kaufman JD, Bergen S, Szpiro AA, Larson T, Adar SD, Diez Roux AV, Polak JF, Vedal S. Individual-level concentrations of fine particulate matter chemical components and subclinical atherosclerosis: A cross-sectional analysis based on two advanced exposure prediction models in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. American Journal of Epidemiology 2014;180(7):718-728.

23. Kim SY, Yi SJ, Eun YS, Choi H, Shin H, Ryou HG, Kim H. Ordinary kriging approach for predicting long-term concentrations of particulate matter air pollution in seven major Korean cities. Environmental Health and Toxicology 2014:29.

24. Bergen S, Sheppard L, Sampson PD, Kim SY, Richards M, Vedal S, Kaufman JD, Szpiro AA. A national prediction model for PM2.5 component exposures and measurement error-corrected health effect inference. Environmental Health Perspectives 2013;121(9):1017-1025.

25. Kim SY, Sheppard L, Hannigan MP, Dutton SJ, Peel JL, Clark ML, Vedal S. The sensitivity of health effect estimates from time-series studies to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) component sampling schedule. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2013;23(5):481-486.

26. Sun M, Kaufman JD, Kim SY, Larson T, Gould T, Polak JF, Budoff MJ, Diez Roux AV, Vedal S. Particulate matter components and subclinical atherosclerosis: common approaches to estimating exposure in a Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis cross-sectional study. Environmental Health 2013;12(39).

27. Xie M, Piedrahita R, Dutton SJ, Milford JB, Hemann JG, Peel JL, Miller SL, Kim SY, Vedal S, Sheppard L, Hannigan MP. Positive matrix factorization of a 2.8-year series of daily PM2.5 speciation before and after temperature stratification. Atmospheric Environment 2013;65:11-20.

28. Xie M, Coons TL, Hemann JG, Dutton SJ, Peel JL, Milford JB, Miller SL, Kim SY, Vedal S, Hannigan MP. Inter-urban spatial variability and uncertainty assessment of PM2.5 sources based on carbonaceous species. Atmospheric Environment 2012;60:305-315.

29. Kim SY, Peel JL, Hannigan MP, Dutton SJ, Sheppard L, Clark ML, Vedal S. The temporal lag structure of short-term associations between PM2.5 components and hospitalization in the Denver Aerosol Sources and Health (DASH) study. Environmental Health Perspectives 2012;120(8):1094-1099.

30. Suh MH, Park KH, Kim H, Kim TW, Kim SW, Kim SY, Kim DM. Glaucoma progression after the first-detected optic disc hemorrhage by optical coherence tomography. Journal of Glaucoma 2012;21(6):358-366.

31. Sheppard L, Burnett RT, Szpiro AA, Kim SY, Jerrett M, Pope CA, Brunekreef B. Confounding and exposure measurement error in air pollution epidemiology. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health 2012:5(2);203-216.

32. Montigny L, Moudon AV, Leigh B, Kim SY. A spatial analysis of the physical and social environmental correlates of discarded needles. Health & Place 2011;17(3):757-766.

33. Montigny L, Moudon AV, Leigh B, Kim SY. Assessing drop-box programme: a spatial analysis of discarded needles. International Journal of Drug Policy 2010;21(3):208-214.

34. Kim SY, Sheppard L, Kim H. Health effects of long-term air pollution: Influence of exposure prediction methods. Epidemiology 2009;20(3):442-450.

35. Vedal S, Hannigan MP, Dutton SJ, Miller SL, Milford JB, Rabinovitch N, Kim SY, Sheppard L. The Denver Aerosol Sources and Health (DASH) study: Overvie

w and early findings. Atmospheric Environment 2009;43(9):1666-1673. 36. Kim SY, O’Neill MS, Lee JT, Cho YT, Kim J, Kim H. Air pollution, socioeconomic position, and emergency hospital visits for asthma in Seoul, Korea. International Archives of Occupational & Environmental Health 2007;80(8):701-710.

37. Lee JT, Son JY, Kim H, Kim SY. Effect of air pollution on asthma-related hospital admissions for children by socioeconomic status of area of residence. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health 2006;61(3):123-130.

38. Kim SY, Kim H, Kim J. Effects of air pollution on asthma in Seoul: comparison across subject’s characteristics. Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 2006;39(4):205-212.

39. Son JY, Kim H, Lee JT, Kim SY. Relationship between exposure to ozone in Seoul and childhood asthma-related hospital admissions by socioeconomic status. Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 2006;39(1):81-86.

40. Kim SY, Lee JT, Hong YC, Ahn KJ, Kim H. Determining the threshold effect of ozone on daily mortality: An analysis of ozone and mortality in Seoul, Korea, 1995-1999. Environmental Research 2004;94(2):113-119.