Sunmi Song

Sunmi Song
Korea University | KU · Department of Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

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Introduction
I investigate the connections between stress, social relationships, and biomarkers of chronic pain and inflammation. Specifically, I am interested in examining how interpersonal relationships and psychological susceptibility and resilience to stress interact to affect genetic and circulating biomarkers related to the systemic inflammation and chronic pain via dysregulation of the stress response system and maladaptive health behaviors, such as alcohol drinking and sleep disturbances.
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - June 2016
National Institutes of Health
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2008 - December 2013
Pennsylvania State University
Position
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

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Publications (21)
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Although there is a strong association between depressive symptoms and markers of inflammation, it remains unclear whether depressive symptoms at one point in life may predict inflammation later in life. Moreover, despite extant literature linking sleep with both depressive symptoms and inflammation, there is little research investigating poor slee...
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Importance: Despite high use of smartphones among adolescents, little is known about the association of smartphone use with body image and related behaviors. Objective: To examine the associations of duration of smartphone use and types of content most frequently accessed via smartphone with body image distortion and weight loss behaviors in ado...
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Community-based participatory health (CBPH) programs are important for addressing health disparities; however, the limited development of validated scales to measure outcomes may hinder the utilization and upscaling of such programs. Thus, this study aimed to develop a culturally appropriate and valid tool for the quantitative evaluation of a CBPH...
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Background: Emerging evidence suggests that higher circulating levels of inflammatory biomarkers in blood are associated with higher negative affect (NA) and lower positive affect (PA). To our knowledge, the unique associations between NA and PA in daily life and salivary biomarkers of inflammation have not been examined. This study examined these...
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Since chronic diseases have emerged as a major cause of death worldwide, people has been exposed to large amounts of information on healthy eating practices that are important aspects of its prevention and management. Food literacy, the functional, interactive, and critical ability to manage dietary information with the aim of improving health, is...
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In a novel pilot study, we investigated how emotional state is related to inflammatory responses to acute pain among women with rheumatoid arthritis. Nine women completed four 5-hour visits that varied only by manipulation of emotion (anger, sadness, happiness, vs. control); in each visit, acute pain was elicited, with blood draws at baseline, 10 m...
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Background Despite prevalent binge drinking and alcohol-dependent symptoms among Hispanics, few studies have examined how multidimensional factors influence Hispanic adolescents’ binge drinking. Purpose This study examines the effects of genetic, psychological, and social network factors on binge drinking over time among Mexican heritage adolescent...
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Background To examine whether medication related information processing defined as reading of over-the-counter drug labels, understanding prescription instructions, and information seeking—and medication adherence account for the association between health literacy and quality of life, and whether these associations may be moderated by age and gend...
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Social network analysis is increasingly important in the social and behavioral sciences and has been employed to study a host of inter- and intra-personal social processes. One of the challenges researchers face in this area, however, is balancing the trade-offs between different modes of network measurement and study design. At one end of the spec...
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We examined the effect of daily negative and positive mood on the sleep quality of knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients (N = 152) and whether a partner's daily responses to a patient's pain behaviors moderated these associations. Patients and their partners completed a baseline interview and 22 daily diary assessments. After controlling for demographi...
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The present study examined the unique impact of perceived negativity in multiple social relationships on endocrine and inflammatory responses to a laboratory stressor. Via hierarchical cluster analysis, those who reported negative social exchanges across relationships with a romantic partner, family, and their closest friend had higher mean IL-6 ac...
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Objective: Psychological stress is known to impair skin barrier recovery, but little is known about the impact of pain on skin healing processes. Our primary goals were to examine the degree to which acute pain affects recovery from skin barrier disruption, and the potential mediating impact of cortisol and catecholamines. Methods: Healthy non-s...
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This study examined the role of emotion regulation (ER) strategies and emotional disposition in problem drinking of adolescent offenders (n = 303) and non-offending peers (n = 287) from South Korea. The participants completed a questionnaire assessing problem drinking, positive and negative emotion, emotional intensity, and use of problem solving,...

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Projects (5)
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[Korea Health Industry Development Institute Grant] 2021-2023 Co-Investigator (PI: Dr. Junesun Kim at Korea University
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Korea National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Research Grant, Principal Investigator (Academic Advisor: Dr. Junesun Kim at Korea University)