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Jimi Huh, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302Y 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8240


Dr.Jimi Huh has joined the University of Southern California in 2011. She has a background in psychology and epidemiology, with specific interests in the topics of health disparities, acculturation and immigrant health. Since joining IPR, she has expanded her research to include developmental aspects of various health behaviors and has acquired various analytic skills, with special emphasis on multilevel modeling, mixture growth curve modeling, piecewise growth curve model, latent class analysis and latent transition analysis. Her past project, funded by Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) examines cultural influences on tobacco use and environmental exposure to smoking among Korean American emerging adults (KAEA), using mixed methods. Her recent work also includes applying innovative statistical models pertinent to Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data such as mixed-effects location scale model and time-varying effect models. Her current project assesses ecological contexts of smoking among KAEA using mobile device. She plans to develop a culturally-tailored ecological momentary intervention to curb smoking among KAEA.


USC Zumberge Individual Research Grant


Cerrada CJ, Dzubur E, Blackman KC, Mays V, Shoptaw S, Huh J. Development of a Just-in-Time Adaptive Intervention for Smoking Cessation Among Korean American Emerging Adults. Int J Behav Med. 2017 Jan 09. View in: PubMed

Liao Y, Chou CP, Huh J, Leventhal A, Dunton G. Associations of Affective Responses During Free-Living Physical Activity and Future Physical Activity Levels: an Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Int J Behav Med. 2016 Dec 22. View in: PubMed

Miller KA, Huh J, Unger JB, Richardson JL, Allen MW, Peng DH, Cockburn MG. Correlates of sun protection behaviors among Hispanic children residing in a high UV environment. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed. 2016 Dec 20. View in: PubMed

Fred Wen CK, Hsieh S, Huh J, Martinez LC, Davis JN, Weigensberg M, Spruijt-Metz D. The Role of Assimilating to the US Culture and the Relationship Between Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Dietary Intake Among Hispanic Youth. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2016 Oct 17. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Leventhal AM. Progression of Poly-tobacco Product Use Patterns in Adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Oct; 51(4):513-7. View in: PubMed

Cerrada CJ, Unger JB, Huh J. Correlates of Perceived Smoking Prevalence Among Korean American Emerging Adults. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Oct; 18(5):1183-9. View in: PubMed

Guillot CR, Bello MS, Tsai JY, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Sussman S. Longitudinal Associations between Anhedonia and Internet-Related Addictive Behaviors in Emerging Adults. Comput Human Behav. 2016 Sep; 62:475-479. View in: PubMed

Maher JP, Dzubur E, Huh J, Intille S, Dunton GF. Within-Day Time-Varying Associations Between Behavioral Cognitions and Physical Activity in Adults. J Sport Exerc Psychol. 2016 Aug; 38(4):423-434. View in: PubMed

Barrington-Trimis JL, Berhane K, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Urman R, Chou CP, Howland S, Wang K, Pentz MA, Gilreath TD, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Samet JM, McConnell R. The E-cigarette Social Environment, E-cigarette Use, and Susceptibility to Cigarette Smoking. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Jul; 59(1):75-80. View in: PubMed

Bello MS, Pang RD, Cropsey KL, Zvolensky MJ, Reitzel LR, Huh J, Leventhal AM. Tobacco Withdrawal Amongst African American, Hispanic, and White Smokers. Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Jun; 18(6):1479-87. View in: PubMed

Pang RD, Bello MS, Stone MD, Kirkpatrick MG, Huh J, Monterosso J, Haselton MG, Fales MR, Leventhal AM. Premenstrual symptoms and smoking-related expectancies. Addict Behav. 2016 Jun; 57:38-41. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Cerrada CJ, Kirkpatrick MG, Dunton G, Leventhal AM. Social contexts of momentary craving to smoke among Korean American emerging adults. Addict Behav. 2016 May; 56:23-9. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Leventhal AM. Intraindividual covariation between e-cigarette and combustible cigarette use in Korean American emerging adults. Psychol Addict Behav. 2016 Mar; 30(2):246-51. View in: PubMed

Pickering TA, Huh J, Intille S, Liao Y, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Physical Activity and Variation in Momentary Behavioral Cognitions: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. J Phys Act Health. 2016 Mar; 13(3):344-51. View in: PubMed

Gilreath TD, Leventhal A, Barrington-Trimis JL, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Berhane K, Huh J, Urman R, Wang K, Howland S, Pentz MA, Chou CP, McConnell R. Patterns of Alternative Tobacco Product Use: Emergence of Hookah and E-cigarettes as Preferred Products Amongst Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Feb; 58(2):181-5. View in: PubMed

Dunton G, Dzubur E, Li M, Huh J, Intille S, McConnell R. Momentary Assessment of Psychosocial Stressors, Context, and Asthma Symptoms in Hispanic Adolescents. Behav Modif. 2016 Jan; 40(1-2):257-80. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille S, Huh J, Leventhal A. Momentary assessment of contextual influences on affective response during physical activity. Health Psychol. 2015 Dec; 34(12):1145-53. View in: PubMed

Abramova Z, Sami M, Oh M, Huh J. Involuntary Tobacco Smoking Exposure Among Korean American Emerging Adults: A Qualitative Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Nov 30. View in: PubMed

O'Reilly GA, Belcher BR, Davis JN, Martinez LT, Huh J, Antunez-Castillo L, Weigensberg M, Goran MI, Spruijt-Metz D. Effects of high-sugar and high-fiber meals on physical activity behaviors in Latino and African American adolescents. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Sep; 23(9):1886-94. View in: PubMed

Barrington-Trimis JL, Berhane K, Unger JB, Cruz TB, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Urman R, Wang K, Howland S, Gilreath TD, Chou CP, Pentz MA, McConnell R. Psychosocial Factors Associated With Adolescent Electronic Cigarette and Cigarette Use. Pediatrics. 2015 Aug; 136(2):308-17. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Shiyko M, Keller S, Dunton G, Schembre SM. The time-varying association between perceived stress and hunger within and between days. Appetite. 2015 Jun 1; 89:145-51. View in: PubMed

Leventhal AM, Huh J, Dunton GF. Clustering of modifiable biobehavioral risk factors for chronic disease in US adults: a latent class analysis. Perspect Public Health. 2014 Nov; 134(6):331-8. View in: PubMed

Unger JB, Schwartz SJ, Huh J, Soto DW, Baezconde-Garbanati L. Acculturation and perceived discrimination: Predictors of substance use trajectories from adolescence to emerging adulthood among Hispanics. Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 39(9):1293-6. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Paul Thing J, Abramova ZS, Sami M, Beth Unger J. Place matters in perceived tobacco exposure among korean american young adults: mixed methods approach. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jul; 49(8):1054-63. View in: PubMed

Jones M, Huh J. Toward a multidimensional understanding of residential neighborhood: A latent profile analysis of Los Angeles neighborhoods and longitudinal adult excess weight. Health Place. 2014 May; 27:134-41. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Shin H, Leventhal AM, Spruijt-Metz D, Abramova Z, Cerrada C, Hedeker D, Dunton G. Momentary Negative Moods and Being With Friends Precede Cigarette Use Among Korean American Emerging Adults. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014 Apr 22. View in: PubMed

Dunton GF, Huh J, Leventhal AM, Riggs N, Hedeker D, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Momentary assessment of affect, physical feeling states, and physical activity in children. Health Psychol. 2014 Mar; 33(3):255-63. View in: PubMed

Shin HS, Valente TW, Riggs NR, Huh J, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Ann Pentz M. The interaction of social networks and child obesity prevention program effects: The pathways trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Feb 25. View in: PubMed

Zhao N, Huh J, Murphy ST, Chatterjee JS, Baezconde-Garbanati L. Self-Construal as a Predictor of Korean American Women's Intention to Vaccinate Daughters against Human Papillomavirus. Asian Am J Psychol. 2014 Jan; 5(2):96-105. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Sami M, Abramova ZS, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Cigarettes, culture, and Korean American emerging adults: an exploratory qualitative study. West J Nurs Res. 2013 Oct; 35(9):1205-21. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Huang Z, Liao Y, Pentz M, Chou CP. Transitional life events and trajectories of cigarette and alcohol use during emerging adulthood: latent class analysis and growth mixture modeling. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Sep; 74(5):727-35. View in: PubMed

Liao Y, Huang Z, Huh J, Pentz MA, Chou CP. Changes in friends' and parental influences on cigarette smoking from early through late adolescence. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jul; 53(1):132-8. View in: PubMed

Riggs NR, Huh J, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Executive function and latent classes of childhood obesity risk. J Behav Med. 2012 Jan 5. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Riggs NR, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Huang Z, Pentz M. Identifying patterns of eating and physical activity in children: a latent class analysis of obesity risk. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011 Mar; 19(3):652-8. View in: PubMed

Timberlake DS, Huh J. Demographic profiles of smokeless tobacco users in the U. S. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Jul; 37(1):29-34. View in: PubMed

Timberlake DS, Huh J, Lakon CM. Use of propensity score matching in evaluating smokeless tobacco as a gateway to smoking. Nicotine Tob Res. 2009 Apr; 11(4):455-62. View in: PubMed

Prause J, Dooley D, Huh J. Income volatility and psychological depression. Am J Community Psychol. 2009 Mar; 43(1-2):57-70. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Timberlake DS. Do smokers of specialty and conventional cigarettes differ in their dependence on nicotine? Addict Behav. 2009 Feb; 34(2):204-11. View in: PubMed

Huh J, Prause JA, Dooley CD. The impact of nativity on chronic diseases, self-rated health and comorbidity status of Asian and Hispanic immigrants. J Immigr Minor Health. 2008 Apr; 10(2):103-18. View in: PubMed

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