Eric S. Kim

Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


A Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Part of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Program, and the new Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness.  

Recognized as one of Forbe’s 30 Under 30 in Healthcare (Top 30 Innovators Under the Age of 30) and also one of the Top 30 Thinkers Under the Age of 30 by Pacific Standard. Recipient of the Horace H. Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (fellowship for the top dissertation ideas at the University of Michigan - across all Departments) and the Telluride Association Fellowship (a 5-year University-wide room and board fellowship recognized by faculty and the school newspaper as the "genius house"). Recipient of several organizational awards for leadership, teamwork, and community service/volunteering.

Recent work featured in: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, CBS News (Television Interview), BBC News (Radio Interview), ABC News, NBC News, USA Today, WebMD, NIH, AARP, UK National Health Service, Boston Globe, Harvard Heart Letter, New York Magazine, NPR (Radio Interview), Time Magazine, Washington Post.

Investigates the different ways that people pursue the good life (e.g., through: purpose in life, personal growth, optimism, resilience, positive emotions) and how these pursuits influence various health behaviors and outcomes—with a focus on cardiovascular health. Also investigates how these pursuits have a reverberating ripple effect with the surrounding world to influence health. For example, through personal relationships (e.g., dyadic dynamics in couples), others (e.g., altruism/volunteering), and the larger community (e.g., levels of neighborhood social cohesion). Particularly interested in how these pursuits influence older adults, a rapidly growing segment of our society.

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
— Jacob A Riis

In-depth experience (8 years) analyzing large datasets for both academic and industry projects.

Volunteers by providing pro bono statistical consulting to non-profit organizations – please contact him if interested.

Serves as a subject matter specialist for AARP/Age UK's Global Council on Brain Health. 

Open to consulting engagements. Former and current clients include UnitedHealth Group, AARP, Mercer, Life Reimagined, the City of Louisville—Mayor's Innovation Team, Department of Defense, 2 venture capital groups, and others. 

The only reason I have been able to work on these projects and initiatives is because I have had the good fortune of learning from tremendous mentors, collaborators, students, and of course—family and friends. For this I am so thankful.