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 and other lifestyle factors 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 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 and mortality. Her recent research expands to Alzheimer’s disease to investigate the relationship of diet and other lifestyle factors with the disease in a multiethnic population.

Selected Publications

Park SY, Boushey CJ, Shvetsov YB, Wirth MD, Shivappa N, Hébert JR, Haiman CA, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L. (2021). Diet Quality and Risk of Lung Cancer in the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Nutrients;12;13(5).

Park SY, Wilkens LR, Haiman CA, Le Marchand L. (2019). Physical activity and colorectal cancer risk by sex, race/ethnicity, and subsite: the Multiethnic Cohort Study. Cancer Prev Res;12(5):315-326.

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.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

S.Y. Park, Co-Investigator; Le Marchand, Haiman, Wilkens, MPIs
U01 CA164973
"Understanding Ethnic Differences in Cancer: The Multiethnic Cohort Study"
09/01/2012 - 08/31/2022

S.Y. Park, PI
Medical Research Grants, Hawaii Community Foundation
“Racial/ethnic Disparities in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Mortality in the Multiethnic Cohort Study”
12/02/2020 – 06/10/2022

S.Y. Park, PI
R03 CA2233890
“Dietary Quality Indexes and Cancer Risk: the Multiethnic Cohort Study”
01/01/2019 – 12/31/2021