Hyochol (Brian) Ahn, PhD, MSN, MS-ECE, MS-CTS, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Nursing, Florida State University, USA
Dr. Ahn brings a background as a computer engineer as well as clinical experience as a registered nurse (RN) and adult nurse practitioner-board certified (ANP-BC) to his role as Editor-in-Chief of the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal. He is the Associate Dean for Research and Full Professor at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Nursing. Before joining FSU, he held the position of the Assistant Dean for Research and Endowed Chair at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. His program of research is focused on enhancing health and independence in vulnerable populations using innovative technologies to optimize pain and symptom management. He has been continuously funded since 2011 as a principal investigator and produced more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
Editorial Board Members/Section Editors
Jinbing Bai, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN
Assistant Professor, NHW School of Nursing, Emory University
As an Assistant Professor from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Jinbing Bai’s research expertise includes patient-reported outcomes and omics science across cancer treatment trajectories. As a cancer researcher, he is leading multiple ongoing grants, such as NIH/NINR 3-year R00 grant, a NCI 10-year clinical trial, and 4-year Pennsylvania CURE grant. He is enthusiastic about translating his knowledge and research findings to serve the cancer community.
At the national level, Jinbing has been serving as the Research Committee Chair of American Society of Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) since 2017, and more recently, served as the Emory Nursing & AAPINA Virtual International Conference Planning Committee and Communications and Technology Committee Chair, 2021, which serves the AAPI populations. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and been awarded numerous early career awards, such as the 2021 Oncology Nursing Society Victoria Mock Young Investigator Award and Mentee Award from ONS-NCI-NINR Symptom Science Symposia.
Ha Do Byon, PhD, MPH, MS, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Ha Do Byon has research interests in workplace violence and health outcomes in home health care. He has expertise in biostatistics, serving as the Primary Investigator and as a statistical expert in multiple data analysis projects. He teaches biostatistics, research methods, and epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate students. He has practiced in home health care and various acute care settings as a nurse.
Yan Du, PhD, MPH, RN (she/her)
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UT Health San Antonio
Dr. Du has an interdisciplinary training background in Nursing, Public Health, and Aging Studies. Her research focuses on optimizing chronic condition management (type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease) through health technologies and individualized approaches (integrating omics, lifestyle behaviors and social environment) to improve health outcomes and quality of life. She is especially interested in exploring person-centered and individualized lifestyle modifications for disease management to improve physical and cognitive function for independent living in underserved older populations (e.g., Hispanics, Asians).
Yuqing Guo, RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Guo’s research has focused on reducing maternal and child health disparities in underserved communities through collaborations with community organizations, integrating mind-body approach, and leveraging technologies. Her research has focused on reducing maternal and child health disparities in underserved communities through collaborations with community organizations, integrating a mind-body approach, and leveraging technologies. Currently,she is funded by the National Science Foundation (2.1 million) along with computer scientists in the UNITE project using technology-mediated maternal care to promote self-management among underserved pregnant women. As a Co-PI, she developed the mind-body stress reduction intervention, established partnerships with community organizations, and is now testing its feasibility in order to launch the RCT. In addition, I led the team to develop an early intervention program promoting positive emotional health in elementary school-aged children by integrating both cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology through partnering two dual immersion Spanish-English K-8 schools. Our study contributed significantly to the psychological needs of young children in an underserved community by creating a classroom-based, culturally sensitive intervention. To address the critical mental health crisis during and post COVID-19 pandemic, she is developing an eight-week internet school-based "Learn to Be Happy" intervention, including an Emotional Resilience Module for children, Training Module for teachers, and Support Module for parents.
Ok Kyung Ham, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Professor, Department of Nursing, Inha University
Vice President, Graduate School of Public Health, Inha University
Ok-Kyung Ham is a professor in the Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, South Korea. She served as a President of Korean Society of Public Health Nursing and Chairperson of education and publication committee of Public Health Nurses Association. She has performed policy research on developing the Community Care Model in Korea, and improving working conditions of Korean public health nurses. Her research interests include health promotion and health behavior change using social and behavioral theories, and also interested in health disparities among socioeconomic groups and its influence on health.
Myungsun Hyun, PhD
Professor and Dean, Ajou University College of Nursing, South Korea
Dr. Hyun is a Professor in the College of Nursing at Ajou University. Focal research areas include mental health promotion and empowerment for vulnerable persons such as mental disabilities and low-income peoples. Dr Hyun conducted many research projects with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea. In addition, Dr Hyun has been a past President at the Korean Academy of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
Merle R. Kataoka-Yahiro, Dr.P.H., MS
Professor, Associate Director, Professional Development Core, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Merle R. Kataoka-Yahiro has been a clinical nurse in academia for more than 30 years specializing in family health nursing and has a doctorate degree in public health. Her research trajectory has been in the area of health disparities research with vulnerable populations including women, children, older adults, and minority populations. Currently, her research focus is on disaggregated population health data and lifestyle modifications of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander and Asian-American subgroup populations in the prevention of chronic kidney disease and related co-morbid diseases. Her research partnerships are with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. She is an advisory board member of Nephron and has published in peer reviewed journals such as Annuals of Internal Medicine, CDC – Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy, and BMC Nephrology. She has held leadership roles in four research education/training grants for over a decade. Currently, Dr. Kataoka-Yahiro is serving as the Associate Director for the Professional Development Core of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Center for Pacific Innovations, Knowledge, and Opportunities (PIKO) Grant. In addition, she has served as the Associate Director for the Professional Development Core of the NIH Mountain West Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Clinical and Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) grant (2013-2021). In 2013, she served as the Principal Investigator for the NIH Extramural Associates Research Development (EARDA) Awards, Office of Research Development. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Kataoka-Yahiro served as the Section Leader and Co-Leader for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Multidisciplinary and Translational Research Infrastructure Expansion Hawaii Grant (RMATRIX).
Minjin Kim, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Minjin Kim is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati. She is dedicated to reducing health disparities, improving health promotion and disease prevention, and advancing innovation using human-centered interventions to improve health and reach underserved, high-need populations. She has multicultural knowledge and awareness in working closely with diverse Asian and Asian American refugee/immigrant populations across generations on sensitive health issues and topics, including HPV, hepatitis B, liver cancer, cervical cancer, racial discrimination, and intergenerational cultural conflict. Promoting health equity and understanding the root causes of health disparities has emerged for her as a powerful and rewarding pathway. In particular, she has acquired specific expertise with the intervention modality of “storytelling” as interventions that leverage technologies (i.e., digital health, mHealth, chatbot) to enhance health communication with racial, ethnic, and minority populations.
Wen-Wen Li, PhD, MS, RN
Professor at School of Nursing, San Francisco State University, USA
Dr. Li is a tenured Professor at School of Nursing, San Francisco State University. Her research
focuses on technology-based interventions, cardiovascular care, immigrant health, culturally
sensitive care and survey development. She is an experienced clinician and researcher who works
closely with minority populations to improve their cardiovascular health. She has an extensive
record of being a reviewer for more than ten different journals and has served on the editorial board of
the APIN journal in the past 5-10 years. She is also a board member of International Academy of
Nursing Editors (INANE).
Angelina P. Nguyen, PhD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Baylor University
Dr. Angelina Nguyen is an Assistant Professor at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. She received her PhD degree from the University of Arizona. Her research program centers around health promotion related to chronic, non-communicable diseases in underserved populations, with a focus on prevention and self-management of type 2 diabetes in Vietnamese Americans. Dr. Nguyen is also the Secretary of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA).
Connie Kim Yen Nguyen-Truong, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Washington State University College of Nursing, Vancouver
Affiliate Faculty, Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Dr. Nguyen-Truong is a Fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Senior Fellow of the Coalition of Communities of Color Leaders Bridges - Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute. She holds a PhD in Nursing in cancer health disparities, health inequities, and education from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and completed an invited Postdoctoral fellowship in the Research in Individual and Family Symptom Management Program at the same institution. Dr. Nguyen-Truong is an elected Council Board Advisor on the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization Pacific Islander & Asian Family Center Advisory Council Board, an appointed Board Director of Sigma Delta Chi Chapter-At-Large Board and Governance Committee, and member of the Asian American/ Pacific Islander Nurses Association - affiliated with the National Ethnic Minority Nurses Association. She has 20 years of combined nursing expertise as a nurse scientist, educator, population/community health nursing, and intermediate and progressive care clinical nursing. Her program of culturally diverse and transdisciplinary/multi-
The following scholarly lines of inquiry is under the umbrella of Health Equity, Anti-Racism, and Community-Based Participatory Research and Community-Engaged Research: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice. 1) Advocacy and action-oriented coalitions – culturally specific, disaggregated data and community organizing with diverse communities including immigrants and marginalized communities for health promotion across the lifespan. 2) Micronesian Islanders – advocacy and system changes in health and education and addressing childhood inequity through uplifting parenting and disability justice leadership. 3) Community-based smart health technology adoption and data – addressing bias in artificial intelligence through diversity and nurses and community health workers in the smart health system. Dr. Nguyen-Truong is the Director and Founder of the Culturally Safe Didactic Dialogue Circles Program and a Director and Co-Founder of the Health and Education Program for Micronesian Islanders that is funded in part by her research grants.
Eui Geum Oh, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, Yonsei University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medical Engineering, Graduate School, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Dr. Oh is the Dean and Professor of College of Nursing and the Director of Graduate School of Nursing at Yonsei University. She served as a president of Korean Society of Adult Nursing and director of Yonsei Evidence Based Nursing Center: Joanna Briggs Institute Collaboration Center in Korea. She has been serving as an editorial board of the International Journal of Nursing Studies and a member of National Academy of Medicine of Korea. Dr Oh completed her PhD at Univ. Illinois Chicago, USA. She is a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing since 2016. She works on development of strategic R & D project for nursing industrial sector to plan and suggest roadmap at government level. Her research focuses on 1) symptom management and improvement of quality of life among patients with respiratory disease, 2) evidence-based nursing practice and education, 3) designing nursing services for discharged patients at home with subacute high-risk condition based on nursing data.
Shu-Yi (Emily) Wang, PhD, RN, CNS
Professor, College of Nursing at University of Colorado
Dr. Wang is a Professor in the College of Nursing at University of Colorado. Dr. Wang’s leadership in nursing education and oncology spans two decades and is demonstrated through her sustained contributions to numerous journals, including Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, and Nurse Educator. Focal research areas include oncological and palliative care, including pain, sleep, and other symptom-related distress, symptom clusters in cancer patients and associated proinflammatory cytokines, and the relationship to quality-of-care outcomes, in adults with cancer, specifically those with analgesic use and sleep disturbances. Her research interest also extends to technological improvements in instructional and educational enhancements for improving students’ reading abilities and collaborative engagement.
Frank Y. Wong, PhD
McKenzie Endowed Professor of Health Equity and Founding Director for the Center of Population Science for Health Equity, Florida State University
With a background in social psychology and management, Dr. Wong has expertise in community-based research targeting marginalized and underserved populations with a history of or who are currently using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) and engaging in HIV-related risk practices. His NIH-funded research (since 2001) focuses on the social epidemiology of ATOD, HIV, and other non-HIV sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as sexual health, among these populations in the China, Panamá, South Africa, Tajikistan, U.S., Việt Nam, and Russia. He also has strong interests in exploring innovative research methodologies for studying these populations.
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We are currently looking to expand our editorial board. To apply as subject editor specifically for APINJ, please go to this application form. You should hold a PhD or similar higher degree and have a publication track record (h-index>8) and ideally academic editing experience. We reward editors with "karma credits" (worth up to $70 per paper guided through peer-review, as well as additional honoraria for acquisition editors).
We are also constantly looking for guest editors who wish to compile a theme issue on a special subtopic (for example: electronic publishing, telemedicine, quality of health information, patient education, decision-support, Internet in psychiatry).
This may be particularly interesting for workshop and conference organizers putting together a grant-funded event (eg, with invited experts) on an eHealth-related topic. JMIR can then be used as a dissemination vehicle. (Funding through grants or other sources is usually required and should be budgeted for in grant proposals. Letters of support are available from the JMIR editor. Note that granting agencies such as NLM or CIHR usually want to see some sort of knowledge translation activities in workshop proposals, and have in the past funded the JMIR APFs.)
The task of the guest editor(s) is generally
- to solicit manuscripts from colleagues concerning the selected topic,
- to select peer-reviewers for incoming manuscripts,
- to make decisions (together with the editorial board) on article revisions and acceptance, and
- to write an editorial for the theme issue
- to secure funding to sponsor the APFs for published papers (usually in the $10-20k range).
Alternately, the abstracts of the conference may be published in a supplement, with selected full papers published later in a theme issue or in regular JMIR issues.