Obesity Researcher Kim Joins UAMS College of Public Health

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LITTLE ROCK – Obesity researcher Karen Hye-cheon Kim, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the College of Public Health. Most recently she was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health where she was a postdoctoral fellow in the W.K. Kellogg Community Health Scholars Program.


“Dr. Kim received her doctorate just two years ago, but already she has demonstrated superior skills and a dedication to public health through a number of community-based research projects,” said UAMS College of Public Health Dean James Raczynski, Ph.D.


Kim has been the principal investigator on projects that include a weight control program for a faith community, research on religion and weight, obesity intervention for rural, low-income women, and cancer prevention involving 40 North Carolina beauty salons.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.