Biography

I am a doctoral student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. I primarily works with Dr. Jennifer Wagman as a graduate student researcher on projects related to intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention and STD and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. My research interest is in reducing violence against women and advancing sexual and reproductive health by addressing social determinants of health.

My research focuses on intersections between gender inequities, related violence, and women’s risk for HIV utilizing implementation science approach. I am also interested in measuring interplay of multiple health behaviors related to violence and STIs/HIV.


Interests

  • Gender Inequities and Health
  • Gender Based Violence and Prevention
  • Sexually Trasmitted Diseases
  • HIV Care Continuum
  • Implementation and Dissemination Science

Education

  • PhD in Community Health Sciecnes, 2023

    University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2012

    University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

  • BA in Political Science and International Relations, 2007

    Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea

Projects

Addressing the Rise of Congenital Syphilis

This study assesses the knowledge, attitudes, factors that influence decision making and behavioral practices surrounding sexually transmitted diseases and congenital syphilis among pregnant women at high risk and prenatal care providers in Kern County, CA and East Baton Rouge Parish, LA.

Assessing the Environment for Campus Violence Prevention in California

We aim to assess the climate pertaining to sexual assault, harassment and stalking and improve prevention efforts at three University of California campuses: UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego.

Strengthening SASA! Implementation through Learning and Guidance

The major goals of this project are to assess the adaptation process of implementing a best practice violence against women and HIV prevention intervention in three new settings, Haiti, Tanzania and Kenya.

Publications

Structural Barriers to Women’s Sustained Engagement in HIV Care in Southern California

Poverty, unemployment, housing instability, and needs for transportation emerged as the dominant structural barriers for women when discussing their challenges with sustained engagement in HIV care. System-level interventions that decrease these noted barriers may help improve HIV care continuum for women living in Southern California.

Qualitative Assessment of the Rise of Congenital Syphilis in California and Louisiana

Congenital syphilis is completely preventable with appropriate prenatal screening and treatment. Setting-specific multilevel interventions should be adapted to address the cascade of barriers to prevention, testing, and treatment of congenital syphilis in California and Louisiana.

Prioritizing Multiple Health Behavior Change Research Topics

Top MHBC research priorities were predictors of behavior change and the sustainability, long-term effects, and dissemination/translation of interventions for both populations.

Republic of Korea's Health Aid Governance. Perspectives from Partner Countries

The study results indicate that progress has been made since earlier international evaluations but the Republic of Korea has not overcome all areas of concern. This confirms that the ROK is continuing to develop its capacity as a good donor but has yet to achieve all governance-related targets.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Student Researcher

UCLA Department of Community Health Sciences

Oct 2019 – Present Los Angeles, California, USA
My responsibilities include qualitative data analysis, manuscript and report development, data collection oversight, IRB submission, and writing research grants and proposals.
 
 
 
 
 

Research Program Manager

Center on Gender Equity and Health

Aug 2015 – Aug 2019 La Jolla, California, USA
Responsible for work direction, coordination, and management of projects listed below. My responsibilities include qualitative data analysis, manuscript and report development, data collection oversight, IRB submission/amendment, and writing/editing research grants and proposals.
 
 
 
 
 

Staff Researcher

JWLEE Center for Global Medicine

Mar 2013 – May 2015 Seoul, South Korea
Responsible for management of projects listd below. My responsibilities include coordinating international collaboration, needs assessment and project evaluation, data analysis, and manuscripts, report, and grant writing/editing.
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Student Researcher

University of Hawaii, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Aug 2011 – Apr 2012 Honolulu, HI, USA
Responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to seat belt use in the state of Hawaii. My responsibilities included seat belt and carseat usage monitoring in over 100 sample sites in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Big Island, data collection training, data analysis using SAS, and report preparation.

Awards

Graduate Degree Fellowship

The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides master’s and doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to participate in educational, cultural, residential community building, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.The graduate degree fellowship covers the cost of tuition and fees, books, housing in an East-West Center dormitory, and partial funding toward meals, health insurance, and incidental expenses.

Asia Pacific Leadership Program

The Asia Pacific Leadership Program brings together people who want to co-create the future as self-reflective, resilient agents. Using experiential, place-based learning with a focus on equity, cohorts of leaders practice leadership strategies in nurturing environments.

Training

Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute

Epidemiological Analysis Using SAS. Heavy emphasis was placed on basic data manipulation and operationalization skills in preparation for applied epidemiologic analysis that builds on concepts introduced in epidemiology and biostatistics core courses.

Contact

  • eepark@g.ucla.edu
  • 650 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • The Fielding School is located on the south side of Charles E. Young Drive South between Westwood Boulevard and Tiverton Avenue.