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Solim Lee

Assistant Professor

307D Nursing Sciences Building
University Park

Phone: 814-865-1422


Research & Publications



Dr. Lee earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021 and currently serves as a tenure-track assistant professor of Nursing at Penn State. Her research is dedicated to understanding self-care practices among adults with chronic heart failure, aiming to prevent unplanned hospitalizations. She meticulously collects and analyzes observational research data, including patient-reported outcomes and clinical data from electronic health records, to explore the intricate factors influencing symptom perception and decision-making processes related to seeking care. Dr. Lee’s expertise extends to designing and conducting research studies that encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods approaches, drawing from her own research projects. She has worked on a pivotal project profiling the characteristics of patients who frequently visit the emergency department to manage exacerbations of heart failure symptoms. This endeavor involves analyzing data from a nationwide electronic health database, with a particular emphasis on the utilization of intravenous diuretics.

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Self-care strategies practiced by adults with chronic heart failure
  • Symptom science, specifically symptom perception and management
  • Patient reported outcomes
  • Health disparities between rural and non-rural areas


  • PhD in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSN, Adult Critical Care Advanced Practice Nurse program, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • BSN, Seoul National University, South Korea

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Martha N. Hill Early Career Investigator Award Finalist, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing
  • 2019 Nursing New Investigator Award Finalist, Heart Failure Society of America


Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence