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Grace S. Kim

Clinical Associate Professor
Chair, Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development

Clinical associate professor Dr. Grace S. Kim is the chair of the Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development Department at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Dr. Kim was trained in clinical psychology and researches social justice education and Asian American psychology. She explores how students understand the meanings of diversity; how to teach diversity and social justice effectively; and how to train future professionals to be more culturally humble and responsive. She also focuses on resilience and mental health of Asian Americans, centering their struggles for liberation, social agency, and solidarity with other marginalized groups.

Dr. Kim is the co-author of two books, Unraveling Assumptions: A Primer for Understanding Oppression and Privilege, and Teaching Diversity Relationally: Engaging Emotions and Embracing Possibilities. She holds a Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (Divisions 35 & 45) and the Asian American Psychological Association. She is the recipient of the 2023 Boston University Provost’s Scholar-Teacher of the Year award.

PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
MA, University of Massachusetts Boston
MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary
BA, Johns Hopkins University

CE 500 Introduction to Counseling

CE 737 Counseling: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice

CE 847 Theories of Group Counseling

HD 327 Asian American Psychology

HD 385 Psychological Trauma

ElTohamy, A., Hyun, S., Rastogi, R., Finneas Wong, G. T., Kim, G. S., Chae, D. H., Hahm, H. C., & Liu, C. H. (2023). Effect of vicarious discrimination on race-based stress symptoms among Asian American young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychological trauma: Theory, research, practice and policy, 10.1037/tra0001480. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/tra0001480

Suyemoto, K. L., Donovan, R. A., & Kim, G. S. (2022). Unraveling Assumptions: A Primer for Understanding Oppression and Privilege. Routledge.

Kim, G. S., Donovan, R. A., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2022). Teaching Diversity Relationally: Engaging Emotions and Embracing Possibilities. Routledge.

Kim, G. S. Nakamura, N., Tran, N., Khera, G. S., AhnAllen, J. M., & Estrellado, J. E. (2021). Recentering AAPI narratives as social justice praxis: Reclaiming and honoring our experiences. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 12(4), 251-254. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000275 

Shah, T. N., Parodi, K. B., Holt, M. K., Green, J. G., Katz-Wise, S. L., Kraus, A. D., Kim, G. S., & Ji, C. (2022). A qualitative exploration of how transgender and non-binary adolescents define and identify supports. Journal of Adolescent Research. https://doi.10.1177/07435584221123123

Kim, G. S., Durand, T. M., Shah, T. N., & Ismail, B. I. (2021). “Putting your power on the line”: Toward embodied allyship in mentor-mentee and peer relationships. Research in Human Development, 18(1-2), 54-74. https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2021.1942686

Kim, G. S., & Shah, T. N. (2020). When perceptions are fragile but also enduring: An Asian American reflection on COVID-19. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 60(5), 604-610. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167820937485

 Kim, G. S., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2020). Practice with Asian Immigrant Families and Intergenerational Issues. In E. P. Congress & M. J. Gonzales (Eds.). Multicultural Perspectives in Practice with Families: A Handbook for the Helping Professions. 4th edition, (pp. 195-208). Springer.

Tran, N., Nakamura, N., Kim, G. S., Khera, G. S., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2018). #APIsforBlackLives: Unpacking the interracial discourse on the Asian American Pacific Islander and Black communities. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4(2), 73-84.

Kim-Prieto, C., Kim, G. S., Crane, L. S., Lowe, S. M., Le, P. L., & Dinh, K. (2018). Legacies of war: Asian American women and war trauma. Women & Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/02703149.2018.1425023

Kim, G. S., Kahn, V. D., Tawa, J., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2017). Toward a ripple effect: Psychologists collaborate in social justice education at a high school. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 9 (2), 112-131.

Kim, G. S. (2015). Asian Americans as Model Minority. In W. G. Scarlett (Ed)., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management, (pp. 45-46). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Liang, Y., Kim, A. B., Kim, G. S., & Lowe, S. M. (2023, August). Rest and care: Asian Pacific American feminist’s resistance to productivity culture. Session presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. [Feature Stage Presentation]

Kim, G. S., Shah, T. N. , Songtachalert, T., Rosenzweig, L., Wong, L., & Arcot, R. R. (2023, August). Resisting anti-Asian racism as diverse Asian/Asian Americans: Toward shared liberation. Critical conversation facilitated at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Songtachalert, T., & Kim, G. S., (2022, September). “Have you eaten yet?”: A review of literature to explore how food can be used in group counseling to foster connections and healing among Asians and Asian Americans. Poster presented at the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Annual Convention (Virtual).

Shah, T. N. , Kim, G. S., & Holt, M. H. (2022, September) Asian/Asian American Women in Counseling Psychology Research: A 20-year Systematic Content Analysis. Poster presented at the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Annual Convention (Virtual).

Kim, G. S., Wong, L., Rosenzweig, L., Songtachalert, T., & Shah, T. N. (2022, August). Toward building a beloved community: An Asian/Asian American research team example. Critical Conversation facilitated at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Liang, Y., Kim, A. B., Young, J., Reano, C., Okubo, Y., & Kim, G. S. (2022, August). Channeling AAPI feminism amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and anti-Asian racism. Critical Conversation facilitated at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Kim, G. S., Shah, T. N., Suyemoto, K. L., Wong-Padoongpatt, G., Tran, N., & Felipe, L. C. (2021, October). Centering the margins: Dismantling White supremacy by addressing anti-Blackness while prioritizing self-care as Asian American psychologists. Difficult Dialogue facilitated at the annual convention of Asian American Psychological Association (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Kim, G. S., Liang, Y., Kim, A. B., Cronquist, C., Chiang, M., Mukkamala, S., Reano, C., & Conanan, A. (2021, August). Living feminist and collectivist values: Stories from Asian American psychologists. Roundtable presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Mukkamala, S., Choi, Y., Irani, T. H., Jacob, S., Shah, T., Sukumaran, N., Diaz, F., Kim, G. S., & Young, J. (2021, August). Feminist and “foreign”: International psychologists’ lived experience of structural barriers. Symposium presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Shavers, E., Shah, T. N., Durand, T. M., & Kim, G. S. (2021, February). Self-care and community- care as an act of political warfare during a double pandemic. Roundtable presented at the Winter Roundtable Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. (Virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Kim, G. S. & Shah, T. (2020, August). Mentoring in the margins: Empowerment through reflecting on power and community in academia. In G. S. Kim (Chair), Centering race and identity in feminist mentoring: Narratives of Asian American mentor-mentee dyads. Symposium presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Kim, G. S., Kawahara, D. M., Suyemoto, K. L., Lee, M., & Okubo, Y. (2019, October). Living our values: A critical conversation about liberation in the academy. Difficult Dialogue presented at the annual convention of Asian American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.

Kim, G. S. (Co-Chair), Estrellado, J., Kawahara, D. M., & Okubo, Y., (Co-chair; 2019, August), Experiences of Asian American women and nonbinary faculty in academia: Challenges and implications. Roundtable presented at the annual convention of American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Donovan, R., Kim, G. S., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2018, November). Challenging whiteness in the classroom: Reducing resistance and increasing engagement in social justice education. Session presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.