Grace Kim

Wheelock College Assistant Professor of Psychology Grace KimAssistant Professor of Psychology
Phone: 617-879-2316
Office: Classroom Building 203C

Educational Degrees

B.A., Johns Hopkins University
M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary
M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Grace S. Kim is an assistant professor of psychology, who was trained in clinical psychology. She completed an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Kim's research has two foci: Asian American Psychology and Social Justice Education. With regards to Asian American psychology, she researches experiences of belonging and exclusion, negotiation of racial and ethnic identities, and mental health in Asian Americans. She explores lived experiences of diverse Asian American families, such as transracial adoptees, immigrants, and transnational families. With regards to social justice education, she is interested in exploring how to teach diversity and social justice and ways to help students gain empathy toward others different from themselves.

Dr. Kim is a past fellow of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program, the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Asian American Psychological Association Leadership Fellowship Program. She currently serves as a board member of the Asian American Psychological Association.

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Selected Publications

(*designates undergraduate student co-authors.)

Tawa, J., & Kim, G. S. (2011). How does biological belief in race relate to our feelings toward in-group and out-groups?: A cognitive dissonance framework. Current Research in Social Psychology. 16(4).

Kim, G. S., Suyemoto, K. L., & Turner, C. B. (2010). Sense of belonging, sense of exclusion, and racial and ethnic identities in Korean transracial adoptees. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 179-190.

Suyemoto, K. L., Kim, G. S., Tanabe, M., Tawa, J., & Day, S. C. (2009). Challenging the model minority myth: Engaging Asian American students in research on Asian American college student experiences. In S. D. Museus (Ed.). Conducting Research on Asian Americans in Higher Education: New Directions in Institutional Research, 142, 41-55. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Suyemoto, K. L., Tawa, J., Kim, G. S., Day, S. C., Lambe, S. A., Nguyen, P. T., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2009). Integrating disciplines for transformative education and health services: Strategies and effects. In L. Zhan (Ed). Asian American voices: Engaging, empowering, and enabling. pp. 209-228. New York: NLN Press.

Park-Taylor, J., Kim, G. S., Pfeiffer, G., Laidlaw, P., Sakurai, M., Budianto, L., Pfeifer, J. (2009). Toward reflective practice: A multicultural competence training model from a community mental health center. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40 (1), 88-95.

Suyemoto, K. L., & Kim, G. S. (2005). Journeys through diverse terrains: Multiple identities and social contexts in individual therapy. In M. P. Mirkin, K. L. Suyemoto & B. F. Okun (Eds). Psychotherapy with women: Exploring diverse contexts and identities. pp. 9-41. New York: Guilford.

Kim, G. S. (2012, August). Towards becoming social justice allies: Learning through experiential activities and reflections. In K. L. Suyemoto (Chair), "In This Together" - Faculty of color teaching social justice in predominantly White context. Symposium to be presented at the 120th convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.

Kim, G. S. (2011, August). "I don't get how this relates to me": Working with resistance in predominantly White European American contexts. In A. N. Alvarez (Chair), "How can I reach beyond the silence and stares?": Working with resistance from White students and students of color in teaching about diversity. Symposium presented at the 119th convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.

Kim, G. S. & Kahn, V. D. (2010, October). Building alliances, building communities: Social justice education in a high school. In G. S. Kim (Chair), Pursuing Social Justice through Curriculum and Research: A Developmental Perspective. Symposium presented at the 10th annual Diversity Challenge Conference from the Institute for the Study of Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston, MA.

Kim, G. S. (2010, April). Beyond academic success: Peer relationships in Asian American youth. In N. Y. Kim (Chair), Education in Asian American lives: Model achievement? Symposium presented at the Association for Asian American Studies annual conference, Austin, TX.

Kim, G. S. (2010, February). Belonging, exclusion, and differentiating racial and ethnic identities. In K. L. Suyemoto (Chair), Exploring the importance of differentiating race and ethnicity: Conceptualizations, meanings, and differential effects. Symposium presented at the Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Kim, G. S., & Needham, K.* (2009, August). Being a family across the oceans: A review of literature on Filipino and East Asian transnational families. Poster presented at the Asian American Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, Canada.
Kim, G. S., Suyemoto, K. L., & Tawa, J. (2009, April). Teaching to transform: Integrating clinical psychology and Asian American Studies to challenge inequalities. Workshop presented at the Association for Asian American Studies annual conference, Honolulu, HI.

Kim, G. S. & Suyemoto, K. L. (2008, August). Peer-group belonging/exclusion and identities in Asian American youths. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association annual convention, Boston, MA.

Courses Taught

• Asian American Psychology
• Human Growth and Development I & II
• Abnormal Psychology
• Counseling Psychology
• Psychological Trauma

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