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MinKyoung Song Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P. F.A.H.A.

  • (503) 418-2518

    Portland Campus

    • Assistant Professor School of Nursing

As a behavioral scientist and epidemiologist, my research is organized around investigating the benefits of healthy behaviors (particularly physical activity) to prevent and enhance the management of chronic disease.

One specific arm of my current research focuses on examining changes in health behaviors and body composition resulting from interventions with overweight/obese parent/grandparent-child/grandchild dyads. Over the past three years, I have served as the principal investigator for two related studies in collaboration with a commercial weight loss program.

Another specific arm of my research examines the relationship among attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), physical activity, and obesity. Our research team is currently conducting a funded study examining associations between balance/gait impairment and physical activity/aerobic fitness in young adults with ADHD. Our longer-term goal of this latter group of research activities is to determine the efficacy of incorporating balance/gait components into developing physical activity interventions tailored to address obesity in adults with ADHD, a high-risk population.

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  • B.S.N., Yonsei University, School of Nursing, Seoul Korea 2003
  • M.S.N., Yale University, School of Nursing, New Haven Connecticut United States 2006
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States 2010
  • Fellowship:

    • Post-Doc - Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • "Concept analysis" International Journal of Nursing Studies November 2008
  • "Physical activity levels of high school students --- United States, 2010" Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report June 17 2011
  • "Physical activity in U.S. youth aged 12-15 years, 2012." NCHS data brief  2014
  • "A Review of Diabetes Mellitus-Specific Family Assessment Instruments" Western Journal of Nursing Research April 2013
  • "Patient- and physician-level determinants of blood pressure response to treatment in normal weight and overweight patients (the PREVIEW study)" Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases April 2013
  • ""Later, lazier, and unluckier"" American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis April 2011
  • "Self-Care and Health Outcomes of Diabetes Mellitus" Clinical Nursing Research August 2012
  • "Improving Women's Cardiovascular Health" Health Care for Woman International October 2012
  • ""Later, lazier, and unluckier"" International Journal of General Medicine  2010
  • "Diabetes mellitus and the importance of self-care." Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing March 2010
  • "Meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans among U.S. youth" American Journal of Preventive Medicine March 2013
  • "Background and methodology of MONITOR-GCSF, a pharmaco-epidemiological study of the multi-level determinants, predictors, and clinical outcomes of febrile neutropenia prophylaxis with biosimilar granulocyte-colony stimulating factor filgrastim" Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology March 2011
  • "Diabetes self-care maintenance, comorbid conditions and perceived health" European Diabetes Nursing  2009
  • ""Real-life" effectiveness of omalizumab in patients with severe persistent allergic asthma" Respiratory Medicine November 2009
  • "Physical Activities of U.S. High School Students--2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey" Journal of Physical Activity and Health June 1 2015
  • "The Relationship between Childhood Obesity, Low Socioeconomic Status, and Race/Ethnicity" Childhood Obesity December 1 2015
  • "Enhanced Physical Activity Improves Selected Outcomes in Children With ADHD" Western Journal of Nursing Research September 1 2016
  • "Active Gaming among High School Students - United States, 2010" Games for health journal August 1 2015
  • "Temperament and physical activity in childhood" Journal of Physical Activity and Health November 1 2017
  • "Associations between mother's and children's moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary time in the family context" Preventive Medicine Reports December 1 2017
  • "Is the Association of ADHD with Socio-Economic Disadvantage Explained by Child Comorbid Externalizing Problems or Parent ADHD?" Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology November 11 2017
  • "ADHD and early experience" Pediatrics January 1 2018
  • "Relationships of Musculoskeletal Symptoms, Sociodemographics, and Body Mass Index With Leisure-Time Physical Activity Among Nurses" Workplace Health and Safety May 1 2018
  • "Addressing Discrepancies Between ADHD Prevalence and Case Identification Estimates Among U.S. Children Utilizing NSCH 2007-2012" Journal of Attention Disorders December 1 2019

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