Jinyoung Kim

Associate Professor of Nursing
Expertise: Sleep-related breathing disorders, Sleep disturbances, Cardiovascular health, Metabolic health


UNLV School of Nursing professor Jinyoung Kim is an expert on sleep disturbances and related disorders.

Her research primarily explores the biological, electrophysiological, and behavioral underpinnings of sleep disorders (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and circadian rhythm disorders), as well as related symptoms that may lead to the development of chronic diseases and adverse health outcomes in adults.

Kim has conducted several National Institutes of Health-funded research projects. Topics include the relationship between circadian rhythm disruption in shift workers and future negative impacts on health; possible links between snoring and carotid atherosclerosis in middle-aged and older adults; and whether using a home sleep-monitoring system helps improve obstructive sleep apnea. 

In 2020, Kim was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her contributions advancing the science of sleep and nursing research.


  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, Ewha Womans University
  • MSN, Ewha Womans University
  • BSN, Ewha Womans University

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Jinyoung Kim In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Millions of Americans suffer from not being able to get a good night’s sleep. It’s especially tough in a 24-hour city where workers are often on unusual time shifts. The Good Day Las Vegas crew knows what it’s like to struggle with getting enough snooze time so we took our questions to Dr. Jinyoung Kim at UNLV’s Nursing School who has done her own in-depth, deep sleep research.
20 Minutes
For some, white noise is the ultimate sleep aid. For others, however, the term raises a big question mark. That's behind the monotonous noise.
Live Science
A good night's sleep is vital for optimal health. Not getting enough shut-eye can affect a person's mood and concentration the next day and it's been linked to a greater risk of chronic conditions, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
K.U.N.V. F.M. The Source
In this April 2020 episode of Medical Minute, UNLV School of Nursing Associate Professor Jinyoung Kim (Ph.D., RN) discusses the connection between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obesity.

Articles Featuring Jinyoung Kim

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Research | March 1, 2022

Disorders such as sleep apnea captured professor Jinyoung Kim's attention during her undergraduate days, prompting what would become a a lifetime of research.