About Sun Jae

Sun  Jae Jung, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor at the department of Preventive Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, and a visiting scientist at the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sun Jae completed her MD from Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea and received her professional qualification in Preventive Medicine from Seoul National University College of Medicine. Sun Jae holds a PhD in Epidemiology from Seoul National University, Korea. Her major research interest is the epidemiology of mental diseases such as PTSD, depression and sleep disorders. In her PhD thesis, Sun Jae examined the association of lifetime body mass index and depression in later life. She has published studies on evaluating potential risk factors for depression including lifetime estrogen exposure, smoking and body weight. Sun Jae’s current research focuses on the bi-directional association between CVD/endocrinal/reproductive factors and her work includes examining PTSD in Nurses’ Health Study II/ Growing Up Today Study and affective disorders/ cognitive decline in Large Korean data. Additionally, Sun Jae focuses on the interaction between biological and social factors in suicide attempts.

Education & Professional appointments

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2018-pres.    Yonsei University College of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine

2018-pres.    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Visiting Scientist, Department of Epidemiology

2016-2018    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Yerby Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology

2016                Seoul National University College of Medicine, Research Instructor, Department of Preventive Medicine

2015                Seoul Metropolitan Government, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer

2014-2015       Seoul National University, Basic Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Science

2011-2014       Seoul National University College of Medicine, Resident, Department of Preventive Medicine

 2010-2011       Samsung Medical Center, Intern Clinician, Department of Education and Training

2008-2009     World Health Organization, Bonn Office, Intern, Department of Environment and Occupational Health

EDUCATION

2014-2016       Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science

2011-2014       Seoul National University College of Medicine: M.S. in Medicine

2003-2009     Yonsei University College of Medicine:  M.D.

LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS

2014    Board Certified in Preventive Medicine: Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea

2009    Licensed as a Medical Physician: Ministry of Health and Welfare, Korea

Research Interests

I research mainly on evaluating the risk factors for several mental illness such as PTSD, depression and suicide. I am particularly interested in examining associations between biological conditions linked with endocrine system and mental health. In my PhD thesis, I examined the association of lifetime body mass index and depression in later life and focused on the association between lifetime reproductive factors and mental disorders such as depression and PTSD. My current research focus on bi-directional association between CVD/endocrinal/reproductive factors and trauma/PTSD. I have been evaluating these relationships in numerous large-population data such as Nurses’ Health Study, Growing Up Today Study, National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (U.S. and Korea), Health Examinees Study and Community Health Study Korea. By these assessments, my major goal is to discover effective intervention and early prevention of mental illness and promote related health conditions.

Topics of interest:

Epidemiology; Mental Health; Depression; PTSD; Suicide; Dementia; Psychiatric epidemiology; Hormone; Causal Inference; Preventive Medicine; Longitudinal Study; Resilience/Psychological Well-Being; Cancer epidemiology; Behavior change; Cardiovascular epidemiology; Health behaviors; Advanced statistical methods; Predictive analytics; Metabolomics

You can also find her information in following web pages in Yonsei University and Harvard T.H. Chan School’s official website.

http://medicine.yonsei.ac.kr/class_subject/basic_class/prev/teacher/docprofile.asp?sno=25096

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/sun-jae-jung/

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty-affairs/yerby-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/current-yerby-fellows/