Grace S. Kim

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Grace S. Kim is a Clinical Associate Professor in the counseling psychology program, 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: Social Justice Education and Asian American Psychology.

With regards to social justice education, she explores how students understand meanings of diversity, how to effectively teach diversity and social justice, and how to train future professionals to be more culturally humble and responsive. With regards to Asian American psychology, she researches negotiation of racial and ethnic identities, experiences of belonging and exclusion, and mental health in Asian Americans. She explores lived experiences of diverse Asian Americans, such as transracial adoptees and immigrant families.

Dr. Kim is a fellow of Asian American Psychological Association, and the president of American Psychological Association Division 35, Section 5 (Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women). In addition, Dr. Kim is a past fellow of the APA Minority Fellowship Program, the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Asian American Psychological Association Leadership Fellows Program.

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

CE 500 Introduction to Counseling

HD 327 Asian American Psychology

HD 385 Psychological Trauma

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.

 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.

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.

Kim, G. S. (2014). Negotiating multiple cultures and identities: Asian American women and Christianity. In T. Bryant-Davis, A. M. Austria, D. M. Kawahara, & D. J. Willis (Eds)., Religion and Spirituality for Diverse Women: Foundations of Strength and Resilience. American Psychological Association Division 35 book series, (pp. 119-138). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Tauriac, J. J., Kim, G. S., Sariñana, S., Tawa, J., Kahn, V. D. (2013). Utilizing affinity groups to enhance intergroup dialogue workshops for racially and ethnically diverse students. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 38(3), 241-260.

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.

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.

Khera, G. S., Kim, G. S., & Lee, M. (2019, October). Asian American leadership and activism in academia: Surviving, healing, resisting, and being visible. Structured discussion presented at the 19th annual Diversity Challenge Conference from the Institute for the Study of Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College, Chestnut hill, MA.

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.

Kim, G. S., AhnAllen, J. M., Nakamura, N., Khera, G. S., & Tran, N. (2018, August). Reclaiming our stories in our own voices: Asian American Pacific Islander positionality in race dialogues. Difficult Dialogue presented at the annual Convention of Asian American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Kim, G. S., Estrellado, J. E., Flores, M. J., Owen, K. H., Bujold-Bugeaud, M., Kira, I. A., Grey, M. J., Kim-Prieto, K., & Anaya, I. (2018, August). Diverse feminist activism in the climate of fear and intimidation. Roundtable presented & chaired at the 125th Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

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