Mijung Park, PhD, MPH, RN, is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) – Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation Fellow. Dr. Park’s program of research focuses on improving health outcomes in economically and culturally diverse populations and examining salient roles the family and informal caregivers play in successful chronic disease self-management. She has extensive research and clinical experience in working with individuals diagnosed with mental and medical co-morbidities and their family caregivers.
Dr. Park is currently testing a technology assisted family-centered care program for older adults with multiple chronic conditions funded by National Institute of Health. As a member of the National Patient and Stakeholder Council for Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders (STRIDE) study—a large NIA/PCORI funded project to prevent fall among frail older adults in the community—she provides her perspectives as a minority nurse and as an expert in patient and family caregiver engagement in pragmatic clinical trial. She has served diverse investigator roles in research and educational projects funded by NIH, Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), PCORI, and UPMC Aging Institute.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse with more than 15 years of clinical experience in Korea and in the U.S., Dr. Park is committed to advocating for minority nurses and patients. She has served as a member of the Nursing Diversity Council (NDC) of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC). Dr. Park has been an active member of AAPINA since 2007. As a doctoral student, Dr. Park established the UCSF student chapter of AAPINA and served as a founding and the president of the chapter. Dr. Park also serves as a member of Global Korean Nursing Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Park completed her PhD in Nursing from UCSF and post-doctoral training in Geriatric Mental Health Services Research at the University of Washington, Seattle. She also holds a Master’s in Public Health in health services with a policy analyses concentration.