Sunny Kim

Sunny Kim


Interests: Psychosocial Intervention, Emotional Coping and Distress, Social support/social networks and supportive care for cancer patients and cancer survivors, Bone-marrow transplant patients and quality of life, Cancer prevention behaviors, Narrative-based digital storytelling intervention, Patient-provider communication, Cross-cultural research, Qualitative and quantitative methodology


Web: Research website




  • Ph.D- George Mason University, 2013
  • M.A- Michigan State University, 2010
  • B.A.-New Mexico State University,2007
  • B.A-Seoul Women’s University, 2007

Grants & Project

  • Principal Investigator (2017). Digital Storytelling Intervention for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Caregiver, ASU/Mayo Collaborative Research Seed Grant.
  • Principal Investiagtor (2016). Effects of Digital Stories Intervention on Psychosocial Well-being for Cancer Patients and Caregivers undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Arizona State University, Institute of Social Science Research Seed Grant
  • Co-Principal Investigator (2016). Identifying and Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of Hematopoietic cell Transplantation Patients. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Bacon Funds  for Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Research (Co-PI: Khera)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (2016). Effects of Digital Stories Intervention on Psychosocial Well-being for Cancer Patients and Caregivers undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Marley Funds for Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Research (Co-PI: Khera)
  • Co-Investigator (2016-2017). Developing and Pilot Testing of a Digital-Storytelling Intervention on HPV Vaccination Promotion for Vietnamese American Adolescents, American Nurses Foundation Research Award (PI:Chen)
  • Co-Investigator (2015-2016). Developing interventions to prevent and manage negative impacts of cancer and cancer treatment: Improving quality of life in adult Latino cancer survivors. Research Carrer Development Award, Oncology Nursing Forum (PI: McNulty)
  • Collaborator (2015-2020). Effects of Meditative Movement (Qigong/Tai Chi Easy) on Fatigued Breast Cancer Survivors. NIH/NCI, 1R01CA182901-01A1 (PI: Larkey)
  • Principal Investigator (2014). The Impact of Social Support, Coping Style, and Benefit Findings on Health-related Quality of Life and Survival for Stem Cell Transplant Patients, selected as a final person from the limited submission from ASU and submitted to NIH Director’s Early Indenpence Awards (DP5).

Honors & Awards

  • 2017, Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
  • 2016, Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Communication, George Mason University
  • 2016, Serving University Needs (SUN) Award, Arizona State University
  • 2016, Masters Teaching Certificate, Arizona State University
  • 2015, Serving University Needs (SUN) Award, Arizona State University
  • 2013, Finalist, Limited Submission competition for the NIH director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5), Arizona State University
  • 2012-2013, Outstanding PhD Student Award, George Mason University
  • 2013, Top Student Paper Award (Title: Representation of Cancer Information in Korean-American Newspapers: A Content Analysis, D.C Health Communication Conference.


A narrative effect on psychosocial processing in therapeutic contexts: A digital storytelling with bone marrow transplant patients

Implications: We suggest that a narrative approach is one of the methods for capturing the emotional content that may serve to address the deeper layers of psycho-emotional well-being. Watching the emotional content that is raised in digital stories may help with other patients to cope with deeper layers of psycho-emotional challenges.

Selected Publications

For a current list of publications and research activity visit

  • Kim, W.S., Shin, C-N., Larkey, L., & Roe, D. (2017). Development and validation of a measure to evaluate critical components of storytelling interventions: The Narrative Quality Assessment Tool. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 25(1)
  • McNulty, J., Kim, W., Thurston, T., Kim, J., & Larkey, L. (2016). Interventions to improve quality of life, well-being and cancer care in Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors: A systematic literature review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43(3), 374-384
  • Kim, W., McNulty, J., Chang, Y-H., Weise, M., Hashimi, S., & Khera, N. (2015). Financial burden after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation: A qualitative analysis from patient perspectives. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 50(9), 1259-1261.
  • Kim, W.S., Kreps, G., & Shin, C-N. (2015). The role of social support and social networks in health information seeking behavior among Korean Americans. International Journal of Health in Equity, 14(40), 1-10.
  • Kim, W.S., Nicotera, N.M., & McNulty, J. (2015). Nurses’ perceptions of constructive and destructive conflict. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 71(9), 2073-2083
  • Kim, W., & Kreps, G.L. (2014). The Association between Online Health Information-Seeking Behavior and Social Support in Social Networks among Korean Americans. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 1, 381-394.
  • Kim, S.W ., Abel, G.A., Chang, Y-H., McNulty, J., Coronado, D.S., Weise, M., Hashimi, S., Roy, V., Tilburt, J., Albelda, R., & Khera, N. (2014) Patient and provider perspective on financial burden after an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Manuscript accepted for Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32 (supplement), e17539.
  • Oh, K.M., Kreps, G.L., Zhou, Q., & Kim, W. (2014). Influences of Immigration on Health Information Seeking Behaviors between Korean Americans and Native Koreans. Health Education & Behavior, 41, 381-394.

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HCR 406Hlth Litrcy for Hlth Cr Prof
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HCR 230Culture and Health
NUR 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 498Pro-Seminar
HCR 691Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
NUR 498Pro-Seminar
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HCR 230Culture and Health

Panel Presentation and Discussion

Supportive care needs and resource assessment of cancer patients

Friday April 28, 2017
DCHC 2017 “Patient-Centered Health Communication” Conference

Conclusion: Screening for distress and social isolation is likely to identify individuals who are at risk for unmet needs and who may benefit from a more comprehensive assessment to target interventions or refer to psychosocial services.

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