Heeyoung Lee

Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Administration
Health & Community Systems


Dr. Lee has a background in mental health nursing and specific training in self-management interventions for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Her research interest lies in the implementation of intervention programs for health promotion and disease prevention for individuals with SMI. As PI on internally and externally funded projects, Dr. Lee has demonstrated a record of successful and productive research projects in the area of serious mental illness research.

Dr. Lee received her both BSN and MSN from Hanyang University (Seoul, Korea) and her PhD from the University of Washington School of Nursing (Seattle). Dr. Lee also was trained in mental health as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner while working on her doctoral degree.

Dr. Lee has been the primary instructor for graduate-level core courses for students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner area of concentration. Dr. Lee also mentors students for their DNP projects.

Dr. Lee is a member of the University of Pittsburgh graduate faculty and has served on multiple SON committees. She has served as a member of national/international committees: the Annual Conference Committee and Planning Committee of International Society of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses. and the Communication Committee of the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association (APPINA). Dr. Lee received the 2014 and 2015 Okura Mental Health Leadership Scholars award from APPINA for scholarship development in the area of mental health. 

Clinical Emphasis

Psychiatric Mental Health 

Scholarly Emphasis

Behavioral interventions for people with serious mental illness to improve physical and mental health
Physical activity and cognitive functioning in people with schizophrenia


Psychiatric Diagnosis Theory/Practicum
Management of Acute/Episodic Health Problems of Psychiatric Clients/Practicum
Management of Chronic Health Problems of Psychiatric Clients/Practicum