Song Yi Park, PhD

Song Yi Park, PhD

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Associate Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Associate Specialist (Professor), Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

PhD, MS, Nutrition, Seoul National University, Korea

Research Focus

Dr. Park's primary research interest is to explore the role of diet in cancer prevention and development among and across ethnically diverse populations. Her studies have investigated diet as a risk factor for cancer in two perspectives, individual dietary components such as single food nutrients, or other bioactive compounds, and overall dietary quality such as dietary patterns, which are typical combinations of foods people consume or are assessed using dietary indices. Also, she is interested in the assessment of dietary changes and acculturation among ethnic minorities after immigration from their home country to the U.S. and across the generations, and their impact on the pattern of cancer incidence. Currently, her research is focusing on changes in diet and lifestyle factors over time in relation to cancer mortality as well as cancer incidence in a multiethnic population.

Selected Publications

Park SY, Wilkens LR, Maskarinec G, Haiman CA, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L. (2018). Weight change in older adults and mortality: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Int J Obes. 42(2):205-212.

Park SY, Freedman ND, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L, Wilkens LR, Setiawan VW. (2017). Association of coffee consumption with total and cause-specific mortality among nonwhite populations. Ann Intern Med. 167(4):228-235.

Park SY, Boushey CJ, Wilkens LR, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L. (2017). High-quality diets associate with reduced risk of colorectal cancer: analyses of diet quality indexes in the Multiethnic Cohort. Gastroenterology. 153(2):386-394.

Park SY, Wilkens LR, Kolonel LN, Henderson BE, Le Marchand L. (2016). Inverse associations of dietary fiber and menopausal hormone therapy with colorectal cancer risk in the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Int J Cancer. 139(6):1241-1250.

Park SY, Haiman CA, Cheng I, Park SL, Wilkens LR, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Henderson BE. (2015). Racial/ethnic differences in lifestyle-related factors and prostate cancer risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Cancer Causes Control. 26(10):1507-1515.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

S.Y. Park, Co-Investigator, Le Marchand/Haiman/Wilkens (Multiple PIs)
U01 CA164973, NCI
"Understanding Ethnic Differences in Cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort Study"
09/01/12 - 08/31/22

S.Y. Park, PI
R03 CA2233890, NCI
“Dietary Quality Indexes and Cancer Risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study”
01/01/19 – 12/31/20