EunSeok Cha PHD, MPH, MSN, CDE, RN

Assistant Professor

Office of Academic Advancement

Areas of Expertise

Community Health

  • Clinical: Public Health/Community Health Nursing
  • Research: Obesity Prevention/Treatment; Metabolic Syndrome Prevention; Diabetes Prevention; Diabetes Care; Immigrant Health; Implementation Research
  • Teaching: Mentoring; Care of Persons With Chronic Conditions

Phone: 404.712.9578


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Emory University

1520 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322-4027

Room: 243


Dr. Cha is a behavioral researcher, specializing in diabetes care from both nursing and public health perspectives. Her research interests are diabetes prevention and care across various patient populations (adolescents, young adults, immigrant populations) and care levels (individual, population, health system levels).  She is interested in translating research findings to practice through effective implementation strategies.  She has taught N507: Theory and Research Application (master level), and N461: Public Health and Community Nursing Evidence based Nursing (undergraduate level) as clinical instructor.

Since 2010, when Dr. Cha first came to the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing as an assistant professor, she has served as PI on multiple studies funded by the NIH, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute Clinical Interaction Network, and Emory University.  She successfully completed a project entitled “Development of a Diabetes Prevention Program for Young Adults with Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes” with the support from an NIH K01 award (K01 NR012779) and A-CTSI support (UL1 RR025008).  Thanks to her K01 project , Dr. Cha had great opportunities to work with many undergraduate and graduate students.  Her students have been actively engaged in data collection, intervention implementation, and dissemination/ publications.  One successful case is a work study student who wrote her honor’s thesis examining a relationship between social influence and body image in overweight and obese women  using secondary data analysis. She received a high honor degree and was accepted as a MSPH/PhD student with a full scholarship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Cha actively and continuously works with not only nursing students but also students from Emory College and Rollins School of Public Health.

Dr. Cha serves on the CDC/NIH National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) Medication Adherence Task Group.



  • Cha, E. S.,  Kim, K. H., Umpierrez, G., Dawkins, C. R., Bello, M. K.,  Lerner, H., Venkat Narayan, K. M.  & Dunbar, S. (in press).  A feasibility study to develop a diabetes prevention program for young adults with prediabetes using digital platforms and a hand held device, The Diabetes Educator.
  • Cha, E. S., Kim, K. H., Lerner, H., Dawkins, C. R. Bello, M.K, Umpierrez, G & Dunbar, S.  (2014). Health literacy, Self-efficacy, Food label use, and Diet in Young Adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(3)331-339. PMID: 24636029.DOI: //
  • Cha, E. S., Clark, P. C., Reilly, C., McCarty, F., Higgins, M., Lobb, M., Smith, A. L., & Dunbar, S.B.  (2012)  Improving Self-care in Heart Failure Patients with Diabetes, The Diabetes Educator. 38(5) 673-684. PMID: 22722611; DOI: 117710145721712450923