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 competent. 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 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 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

Introduction to Counseling
Psychological Trauma
Asian American Psychology

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

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.

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.

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 (pp. 41-55). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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.

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 to be 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 to be presented & chaired at the 125th Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Kim, G. S. & Okubo, Y. (2018, June). Accessories to an outfit?: Understanding simultaneous visibility & invisibility among Asian American women faculty in academia. Roundtable presented at the inaugural Asian Pacific Islander Feminist Psychologists Convention, Lowell, MA.

Kim, G. S. (2017, October). Teaching Asian American Psychology: A New England PWI example. In M. Fu (Chair), The origins and future of teaching Asian American psychology. Symposium presented at the Asian American Psychological Association annual convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Tran, N., Nakamura, N., AhnAllen, J. M., Khera, G. S., & Kim, G. S. (2017, October). Between a rock and a hard place: Carving out Asian American Pacific Islander positionality in the race dialogue. Difficult Dialogue presented at the Asian American Psychological Association annual convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Durand, T. M., Kim, G. S., McDonough, K., Jones, L.*, Le, L.*, & Thomas, K*. (2016, October). Problematizing safe spaces: A conversation between college students and faculty. Structured discussion presented at the 16th annual Diversity Challenge Conference from the Institute for the Study of Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Kim, G. S. (2016, August). From discomfort to empathy: Social justice education at a predominantly White context. In B. H. French (Chair), Social justice via multicultural teaching in-context. Symposium presented at the 123rd Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.

McDonough, K., Durand, T. M., Kim, G. S., & Williams, W. C. (2015, October). Embracing tensions in social justice teaching in a predominantly White institution. Structured discussion presented at the 15th annual Diversity Challenge Conference from the Institute for the Study of Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Kim-Prieto, C., Crane, L. S., Kim, G. S., Low, S. M., Le, P. L., Dinh, K. T., (2015, August). Giving voice to wartime trauma: AAPI women claim their narratives. Roundtable presented at the 122nd Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Kim, G. S., Gafford, M.*, LaChance, M.*, Lu, J.A.*, & Martin, M.* (2014, October). Learning about racial and ethnic discrimination: Inter-racial dialogues through a college diversity course. Structured discussion presented at the 14th annual Diversity Challenge Conference from the Institute for the Study of Promotion of Race and Culture, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

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