Jinyoung Kim

Jinyoung Kim, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Associate Professor



Dr. Jinyoung Kim is an associate professor in UNLV School of Nursing. Dr. Kim joined the UNLV School of Nursing Faculty in July 2019. She has been conducting epidemiological and clinical research on sleep and its potential impacts on cardiovascular health in the middle-aged and older population.


Dr. Kim’s expertise lies in sleep and sleep disorders such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and circadian disruption. Her research interest is to explore biological, physiological, and behavioral underpinnings of sleep disorders and related symptoms that may affect the development of chronic diseases including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Classes Taught

Dr. Kim has extensive teaching experience in introductory statistics for research and measurements in nursing. She has recently taught Statistical Methods for Nursing Research I and II in the graduate program as well as pre-nursing courses (Stats for the Health Science and Medical Terminology).

Education Background

Dr. Kim earned her bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in nursing at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. After her graduate study, she did post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology in the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years.

Research or Scholarship

During the past decade, Dr. Kim has conducted NIH-funded research projects as a principal investigator and also served as a co-investigator and consultant for other research projects as a sleep expert. Her current program of research (NIH-1R56HL148430-01, PI: Kim) focuses on the identification of symptom subtypes of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and electrophysiological mechanism of the symptom difference using a home sleep-monitoring system. She is also conducting pilot projects that evaluate objective sleep quality indices and epigenetic changes in circadian genes as potential markers that may reflect the level of adaptation to night-shift work and predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

Awards, recognitions, or group affiliations

Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous awards including the Scholarship Award from the UNLV School of Nursing in 2021 and the Outstanding Service Award from the Global Korean Nurses Association in 2020.

Dr. Kim was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2020. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. She also serves on the Board of Directors and as a Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Global Korean Nurses Foundation and on the Communications Committee for the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association.