Eric S. Kim

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


I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get.
— Thomas Jefferson

I have had the opportunity of consulting with several industry partners, non-profits, and government organizations. Partners that I have worked with include: UnitedHealth Group, AARP, Life Reimagined, Mercer, the City of Louisville—Mayor's Innovation Team, Department of Defense, 2 venture capital groups, and others.

Although I spend much of my time doing research, I also deeply enjoy working on applied projects because it helps bridge what is known as the “translational valley of death”—the large chasm between research evidence and real-world practice. One startling statistic that illustrates this problem is the fact that is takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to translate into real-world practice—if ever at all. Hence, I find it rewarding to help bridge this gap. I also learn a tremendous amount of unique insights from working with non-academic partners and the partners that I work with often express the same sentiment. 



  • Content Knowledge

    • Advise on psychological well-being (e.g., aging, purpose in life, life satisfaction, optimism, resilience, “happiness”) health psychology, clinical psychology, cardiovascular health, social determinants of health, and preventive health care use literature.

    • Help answer targeted questions by navigating the scientific literature and finding/piecing together relevant information.

    • Create literature reviews that synthesize insights from various fields in the social and behavioral sciences literature that provide insights into specific problems.

  • Intervention Development

    • Review interventions that are being created throughout intervention development cycles to ensure they are adhering to research-based psychological and well-being intervention principles—which help increase their effectiveness.

    • Participate in meetings (e.g., emails, phone calls, Skype/Google Hangout meetings, in-person meetings) to aid in intervention development cycles.

  • Study Design

    • Advise on statistical analysis questions.

    • Advise on identifying the best relevant psychological and health behavior assessment instruments.

    • Advise with interpretation of results from studies.

  • Outreach

    • Present research on a given area in engaging ways to executive teams

    • Help identify and connect organizations with subject matter specialists who can answer pointed questions, or provided substantive help with current projects. 

    • Build PowerPoint slides that discuss scientific research (e.g., if you have a particular question, I can navigate the psychological well-being literature to see if there are answers to the question. If there is enough rigorous research on a given topic, I can build slides for you which will piece together this information). 

  • Intervention Evaluation

    • Help deeply evaluate if specific "well-being" programs or products are genuinely evidence-based.


I also dedicate a portion of my time every week to nonprofits by volunteering my time with them. Please feel free to contact me if you think I could help with your cause in any of the ways listed above.