Dr. Youngwon Kim joined the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Kim received his post-doctoral training in the Physical Activity Epidemiology programme within the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, UK. He earned his Ph.D in kinesiology and a minor in statistics from Iowa State University, USA: a master's degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, USA, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanyang University - ERICA, South Korea. Before joining HKU, Dr. Kim worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, USA.
As a physical activity epidemiologist, Dr. Kim has focused his research on understanding the preventive role of physical activity from an epidemiological perspective. Specifically, he has examined the associations of physical activity and fitness with various mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer outcomes using data from the UK Biobank project, an ongoing national cohort study of >500,000 UK adults. His primary research interest also lies in improving methodologies for conducting physical activity epidemiology research. Dr. Kim's publications in this line of research have focused on evaluating the utility and validity of various wearable devices to assess physical activity (e.g., accelerometers and self-reports) in both children and adults.
- Kim, Y., Burns, R.D., Lee, D.C., & Welk, G.J. (in Press) Associations of movement behaviors and body mass index: Comparison between a report-based and monitor-based method using Compositional Data Analysis. International Journal of Obesity (Lond)
- Kim, Y., Wijndaele, K., Sharp, S.J., Strain, T., Pearce, M., White, T., Wareham, N., & Brage, S (2019) Specific physical activities, sedentary behaviours and sleep as long-term predictors of accelerometer-measured physical activity in 91,648 adults: A prospective cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 16(1):41 [Impact Factor 2018: 6.04; Rank 7/87 in “Nutrition & Dietetics”]
- Kim, Y., White, T., Wijndaele, K., Westgate, K., Sharp, S.J., Helge, J.W., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (2018) The combination of cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength, and mortality risk. European Journal of Epidemiology. 33(10):953-964 [Impact Factor 2018: 6.53; Rank 8/186 in “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”]
- Kim, Y., Wijndaele, K., Lee, D.C., Sharp, S.J., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (2017). Independent and joint associations of grip strength and adiposity with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality in 403,199 adults: The UK Biobank study. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 106(3):773-782 [Impact Factor 2017: 6.55; Rank 5/87 in “Nutrition & Dietetics”]
- Kim, Y., Hibbing, P., Saint-Maurice, P.F., Ellingson, L.D., Hennessy, E., Wolff-Hughes, D.L., Perna, F.M., & Welk, G.J. (2017) Surveillance of youth physical activity and sedentary behavior with wrist accelerometry. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 52(6): 872-879 [Impact Factor 2017: 4.13; Rank 21/186 in “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”]
- Kim, Y., White, T., Wijndaele, K., Sharp, S.J., Wareham, N., & Brage, S. (2017). Adiposity and grip strength as long-term predictors of objectively measured physical activity in 93,015 adults: the UK Biobank study. International Journal of Obesity (Lond). 41(9): 1361-1368 [Impact Factor 2017: 5.16; Rank 12/87 in “Nutrition & Dietetics”]
- Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2015) Criterion validity of competing accelerometry-based activity monitoring devices. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 47(11): 2456-63 [Impact Factor 2015: 4.04; Rank 6/83 in “Sports Sciences”]
- Kim, Y., Lee, J.M., Peters, B.P., Gaesser, G.A., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Examination of different accelerometer cut-points for assessing sedentary behaviors in children. PLoS ONE. 9(4): e90630. [Impact Factor 2014: 3.23; Rank 24/69 in “Multidisciplinary Sciences”]
- Lee, J.M., Kim, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2014). Validity of consumer-based physical activity monitors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 46(9): 1840-8 [Impact Factor 2014: 3.98; Rank 6/83 in “Sports Sciences”]
- Kim, Y., Beets, M.W., & Welk, G.J. (2012). Everything you wanted to know about selecting the “right” Actigraph accelerometer cut-points for youth, but…: A systematic review. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 15(4): 311-21 [Impact Factor 2012: 2.90; Rank 12/83 in “Sports Science”]