Members of BHIRC


  • Name:Shih-Yu “Sylvia” Lee
  • Position:Director
  • Tel:+886-4-26318652#7191
  • Fax:+886-4-26315843
  • Office:N309 Room
  • Deputy:Yung-Mei Lee

Educational background:

Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Postdoctoral fellow 2004-2005
Research methodology and sleep measurement.


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
PhD, 2004.
Major: Nursing Science
Dissertation research: Acculturation and ICU stress among
Chinese/Chinese-American parents.
Research area: Stress-coping and sleep disturbances, immigrant’s health,
and caregiver’s health.
Dissertation study was supported by the NIH T32 NR07088, UCSF, and
the Graduate Research Division at UCSF.


University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
MS – Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, 1995.
Major: High-risk newborn. Minor: Nursing education.
Comprehensive exam project topic: Perceived stresses and coping
strategies among Taiwan parents bereaved of their neonate.

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
BSN, 1991


National Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C
ADN, 1978



Dr. Shih-Yu Lee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and a family-centered high-risk newborns care expert.  She has lived in the United States for more than 30 years and has practical experience in clinical nursing and interdisciplinary education.  Her broad research expertise is in stress and coping in a variety of health and mental health contents among childbearing age women.  She seeks to understand the risk factors and mechanisms involving women and medically fragile children who experienced stress, in order to promote resilience process and optimize individual and family well-being.

She has four primary areas of research:

1) Cultural competent care for ethnic minority groups’ health, notably cultural differences in perceived health care and health disparities.

2) Parental stress with a medically fragile infant (i.e. preterm infant, low birth weight infant) with a focus on sleep disturbances and mood status, with particular attention to the extent to which insomnia, desynchronized circadian activity rhythms, and depression respectively buffer or impede the effects of parental stress reactivity and regulation on parenting behavior.

3) Symptom management for sleep deprived childbearing aged women by using bright light therapy or Tai Chi to improve sleep, circadian activity rhythms, depressive symptoms, and quality of life.

4) Examine the interactions between genetic factors (i.e. genotypes of serotonin and dopamine) and environmental factors (i.e. stress, lifestyle) on depressive symptoms and maternal efficacy for mothers with medically fragile infants.


  • Name:Yung-Mei Lee
  • Position:Assistant
  • Tel:+886-4-26318652#2237
  • Fax:+886-4-26315843
  • Office:NB101 Room
  • Deputy:Shih-Yu Lee
Job Description:

1. Administrative affairs execution.

2. Equipment maintenance and management.

3. Assist in the promotion of technology research and biotech talents cultivation program.