Soomi Lee

Postdoctoral Scholar in Biobehavioral Health

Soomi Lee

Soomi Lee

Contact Information

221 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


Brief Biography

Soomi Lee is an interdisciplinary researcher who is interested in individual development and family relationships across the lifespan, with a special focus on middle and late adulthood. Her research topics include (1) the implications of work conditions for the health and well-being of employees and their family members, (2) time as a resource - time use and perceived time adequacy for daily activities, and (3) physiological and health biomarkers, including sleep, stress hormones, and cardiometabolic risks.

After earning a B.S. in Child Development from Yonsei University in South Korea and working in professional fields, Soomi Lee earned a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, working with Dr. David M. Almeida ( She is currently working with Dr. Orfeu Buxton ( as a postdoctoral scholar in the department of Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University.

Research Interests

  • Links between work and family across the lifespan, particularly in middle and late adulthood
  • The implications of work conditions for the health and well-being of employees and their family members, with a special focus on age and gender differences
  • Time as a resource – Time use and perceived time adequacy/pressure for daily activities (e.g., time with children, time with spouse, time for self – physical exercise & sleep)
  • Physiological and health biomarkers, including sleep, stress hormones, and cardiometabolic risk

Projects Joined

Selected Publications

Lee, S., McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., Hammer, L. B., & Almeida, D. M. (in press). Finding time over time: Longitudinal links between employed mothers’ work-family conflict and time profiles. The Journal of Family Psychology.

Lee, S., Crain, T. L., McHale, S. M., Almeida, D. M., & Buxton, O. M. (2016). Daily antecedents and consequences of nightly sleep. Journal of Sleep Research. Advance access publication. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12488

Lee, S., Almeida, D. M., Berkman, L., Olson, R., Moen, P., & Buxton, O. M. (2016). Age differences in workplace intervention effects on employees’ nighttime and daytime sleep. Sleep Health, 2(4), 289-296. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2016.08.004

Lee, S., Davis, K. D., Neuendorf, C., Grandey, A., Lam, C. B. & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Individual and organizational work-to-family spillover are uniquely associated with hotel managers’ work exhaustion and satisfaction. Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology, 7(1180). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01180.

Lee, S., Koffer, R., Sprague, B., Charles, S. T., Ram, N. & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Activity diversity and its associations with psychological well-being across adulthood. Journal of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences. Advance access publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw118

Buxton, O., Lee, S., Beverly, C., Berkman, L. F., Moen, P., Kelly, E., Hammer, L., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Work-family conflict and sleep: Evidence from Information Technology employees. Sleep, 38(10), 1871-1882. doi: 10.5665/sleep.6172

Lee, S. & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Daily diary design. In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of adulthood and aging (pp. 297-300). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

Almeida, D. M., Davis, K. D., Lee, S., Lawson, K., Walter, K., & Moen, P. (2015). Supervisor support buffers daily psychological and physiological reactivity to work-to-family conflict. Journal of Marriage & Family, 78(1), 165-179. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12252

Lee, S., Almeida, D. M., Davis, K. D., King, R. B., Hammer, L. B., & Kelly, E. (2015). Latent profiles of time adequacy for paid-work, parenting, and partner roles. The Journal of Family Psychology, 29(5), 788-798. doi: 10.1037/a0039433

Complete list of peer-reviewed publications for Soomi Lee, PhD:

Curriculum Vitae