Juhee Kim, ScD

Juhee Kim

Associate Professor

office: Lakeside Annex 7, Room 110
phone: 252-744-5575
email: kimju@ecu.edu

Dr. Juhee Kim has been working on nutrition, obesity, and oral health in public health settings for more than 10 years. Recently, she launched the “Early Management of Pregnancy Outcomes and Wellness by Enhancing Resources” (EMPOWER) projects. The overarching goal is to improve pregnancy wellness and outcomes among underserved low-income women in order to address the current disparities in maternal and child health. The projects’ aims are to understand maternal needs and modifiable risk factors to improve prenatal care services and resources by developing clinic and community interventions.

In her previous research, the "Caretaker Research Advancing Youth Obesity kNowledge" (CRAYON) projects, she identified determinants of childhood obesity and dental caries, focusing on the roles of family, organization, and community by conducting epidemiological, policy, and community-based research. Her continuing research is to explore the role of early risk factors for pediatric obesity such as maternal feeding practices, nutrition, eating behaviors, and physical activity influences at the level of home, institutional setting (child care), clinic setting (prenatal care & pediatrics), and community health programs (WIC). The studies are a collaborative work that cross disciplines such as public health, preventive medicine, dentistry and social sciences at the East Carolina University campus and other institutions within the US as well as South Korea.


  • BS, Food and Nutrition, Kyung-Hee University (Seoul, Korea)
  • MS, Food Science, Kyung-Hee University (Seoul, Korea)
  • MS, Nutritional Science, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • ScD, Maternal and Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA)

Areas of Interest

  • Prenatal nutrition and eating behaviors among low-income mothers
  • Effects of prenatal nutrition, depression and obesity on pregnancy outcomes and infant growth
  • Nutrition intake among infants and toddlers
  • Prenatal intervention on gestational diabetes
  • Development of an Internet-Based Mobile Intervention App for At-Risk Pregnant Women
  • Nutrition assessment at dental care setting
  • The effect of nutrition on oral health and systemic health

Courses Taught

  • MPH 7205 Nutritional Epidemiology
  • MPH 6052 Independent Research
  • MPH 6991 Professional Paper I
  • MPH 6992 Professional Paper II


Kim J and Kaste LM. Associations of the type of childcare with reported preventive medical and dental care utilization for 1- to 5-year old children in the United States. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. Jan 31, 2013. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12039.

Kim J, Shim J, Kim K, Wiely AR, McBride BA. Is there a difference between center and home care providers’ training, perceptions, and practices related to obesity prevention? Maternal and Child Health Journal. 16:1599-1566. 2012.

Kim J, Kaste L, Fadavi S, Benjamin ES. Are state child care regulations meeting the national standards related to the early child caries (ECC) prevention? Pediatric Dentistry. 34 (4) 239-246, 2012.

Kim J, Shim J, Kim K, Wiely AR, McBride BA. Is there a difference between center and home care providers’ training, perceptions, and practices related to obesity prevention? Maternal and Child Health Journal. 16:1599-1566. 2012.

Shim J, Kim J, Heiniger JB. Breastfeeding Duration in Relation to Child Care Arrangement and Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Journal of Human Lactation: 28 (1) 28-35. 2012.

Shim J, Kim J, Mathai R and the STRONG Kids research program. Associations of infant feeding practices and picky eating behaviors of preschool children. Journal of American Dietetic Association. 111: 1363-1368. 2011.

Cephas, KD, Kim, J, Mathai RA, Barry KA, Dowd SE, Meline BS, Swanson K, Comparative analysis of salivary microbiome diversity in edentulous infants and their mothers or primary care givers using 454 pyrosequencing. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23503. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023503.2011.

Kim J, Mutyala B, Agiovlasitis S, Fernhall B. Gender Differences in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors, and Prevalence of Overweight among U.S. Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Preventive Medicine 52: 218–222, 2011.

Harrison, K., Bost, K. K., McBride, B. A., Donovan, S. M., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. S., Kim, J., Liechty, J. M., Wiley, A., Teran-Garcia, M., & Jacobsohn, G. C. Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to weight imbalance in childhood: The Six Cs Model, Child Development Perspectives. 5(1):50-58, 2011.

Kim, J. & Peterson, K. E. The association of infant child care on infant feeding practices and weight gain among U.S. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. 162 (7):627-633, 2008.

S. Bryn Austin, Juhee Kim, Jean Wiecha, Philip Troped, Henry A. Feldman, Karen E. Peterson, Prevention of Disordered Weight Control Behaviors in Early Adolescents: Results of a School-based Overweight Prevention Trial, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 161(9):865-869, 2007.

Troped PJ, Fragala M, Finkelstein DM, Kim J, Peterson KE, Wiecha JL, Matthews C, Reliability and Validity of Youth Risk Behavior Survey Physical Activity Measures. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 39(3):416-25, 2007.

Kim J, How Soon to intervene? Obesity Epidemics Among Very Young Children, Pediatric Basics, 116, 2-7, January 2007.

Kim J, Peterson KE, Scanlon KS, Fitzmaurice GM, Must A, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rich-Edwards JW, Gillman MW. Trends in overweight from 1980 to 2001 among preschool children enrolled in a health maintenance organization. Obesity. 14: 1107-1112, 2006.

Wiecha JL, Peterson KE, Ludwig DS, Kim J, Sobol A, Gortmaker SL. When Children Eat What They Watch: Impact of television viewing on dietary intake and Body Mass Index in youth. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 160: 436-442, 2006.

Kim J, Must A, Fitzmaurice GM., Gillman MW, Chomitz V, Kramer E, McGowan R, Peterson KE. Incidence and Remission Rates of Overweight Among Children Aged 5 to 13 Years in a District-Wide School Surveillance System. Am J Public Health. 95: 1588-1594, 2005.

Kim J, Must A, Fitzmaurice GM., Gillman MW, Chomitz V, Kramer E, McGowan R, Peterson KE. Relationship of Physical Fitness to Prevalence and Incidence of Overweight among School children. Obesity. 13: 1246-1254, 2005.

Chomitz VR, Collins JJ, Kim J, Kramer E, and McGowan R. Promoting Healthy Weight among Elementary School Children via a Health Report Card Approach, Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. 157:765-772, 2003.

Burger AJ, Sherman HB, Charlamb MJ, Kim J, Asianas LA, Flickner SR, Blackburn G. Low incidence of valvular heart disease in 226 Phentermine-Fenfluramine protocol subjects prospectively followed for up to 30 months. J Am Coll Cardio. 34(4):1153-8,1999.

Kim J, Van Soest PJ, Combs GF Jr. Studies on the Effects of Selenium on Ruminant Microbial Fermentation in vitro. Biological Trace Element Research. 56 (2): 203-13, 1997.

Kim J, Combs GF Jr. Effects of Selenium on Colonic Fermentation in the Rat, Biological Trace Element Research. 56 (2): 215-24,1997.

Kim J, Kyunghee Lee, Youngsoon Lee. The textural characteristics and fatty acid composition of the Korean traditional food, yackwa. Korean Journal of Food Science. 12:37-42, 1991.


Kim K and Kim J. Childcare Service Delivery System and Quality Management in the US and Korea. Seoul, Korea: Asan Foundation, December, 2011. ISBN 9788930315500

Invited Book Chapter

Kim J, Debate R, Daley E. Dietary behaviors and oral-systemic health in women, Gender Disparities in Oral Health and Disease, Dental Clinics of North America, special issue April, 2013. Elsevier Inc.

Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Kim J, Gortmaker S, The Role of Parenting in Childhood Obesity Prevention, Childhood Obesity, Future of Children, 16 (1), 169-186 Spring 2006, Princeton University and the Brookings Institution Press.

Selected Press Coverage

"Weight risk on the rise for infants", Boston Globe, By Carey Goldberg, August 10, 2006. http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/children/articles/2006/08/10/weight_risk_on_the_rise_for_infants/?page=full

"Babies Gain More Weight in Day Care", Time, By Alice Park, July, 8, 2008. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1821143,00.html

"Putting babies in childcare 'makes them fatter'" , Telegraph, By Laura Clout, July, 07, 2008. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2262305/Putting-babies-in-childcare-makes-them-fatter.html

"Child Care May Lead to Unwanted Weight Gain in Infants", Washington Post, By Steven Reinberg, July 7, 2008. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/07/AR2008070701915.html

"Non-parental care of infants tied to unfavorable feeding practices", News Bureau, Illinois, by Melissa Mitchell, July, 11, 2008. http://news.illinois.edu/news/08/0711infants.html

"Can oral care for babies prevent future cavities?", Science Daily, Aug. 15, 2011. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110815143931.htm

"Breastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlers", ", News Bureau, Illinois, by Sharita Forrest, March, 8, 2012. http://news.illinois.edu/news/12/0308breastfeeding_JuheeKim.html

"Breast-fed babies may have diet advantage", St. Louis Dispatch, by Blythe Bernhard, March 15, 2012. http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/fitness/breast-fed-babies-may-have-diet-advantage/article_53e4428a-cf50-52f8-ae45-70df8ee84aef.html#ixzz1pBwiyEzs

"When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options", News Bureau, Illinois, by Sharita Forrest, March, 13, 2012. http://news.illinois.edu/news/12/0313breastfeeding_time_JuheeKim.html

Lax child care regulations affecting children's health", News Bureau, Illinois, by Sharita Forrest, September, 17, 2012. http://news.illinois.edu/news/12/0917children_JuheeKim.html