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Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Licensed Psychologist. Her research focuses on the contextual understanding of chronic pain and opioid use: she examines the intersection of social, cultural, linguistic, and psychological factors on the pain experienced by ethnic and linguistic minorities. Using her recent NSF grant, her research team interviewed more than one hundred health care providers and chronic pain patients in order to examine the cultural and socio-cognitive factors influencing how members of ethnic and linguistic minority groups experiencing chronic pain communicate with their healthcare providers (as well as the experience of healthcare providers working with these populations). She is using the results from these interviews to develop a digital health technology for chronic pain patients with ethnic and linguistic minority backgrounds; the purpose of which is to substantially improve pain communication with their healthcare providers by incorporating cultural and linguistic norms and patterns that affect the pain experience. The ultimate goal of her research is to better analyze and form policies that will improve not only our understanding, but also improve equity in the delivery of pain health care. She has clinical experience working with patients with severe mental health illness, as well as patients in pain management, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She also spent four years in psychoanalytic training at the Wisconsin/Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. She is on the editorial board of Health Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, the Journal of Career Assessment and Frontiers in Psychology: Cultural Psychology Section.
Dr. Kim will be accepting a doctoral student to start Fall 2023. Prospective students who are interested in pain health disparities research are especially encouraged to apply!
- Doctoral Internship Clinical Psychology, NYC Health + Hospitals Kings County, 2016
- PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016
- M Ed Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard University, 2010
- BA Education, Busan National University of Education, 2009
- Kim, S. Y., Park, S. Y., Mathai, B., Daheim, J., France, C., & Delgado, B. (2022). Cultural dimensions of individualism and collectivism and risk of opioid misuse: A test of social cognitive theory. Journal of Clinical Psychology https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23425.
- Kim, S. Y., Lee, J., & Boone, D. (2022). Protective and risk factors at the intersection of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and somatic amplification: A latent profile approach. Journal of Pain Research, 15, 1107-1121. doi: 10.2147/JPR.S340382.
- Nguyen, N., Kim, S. Y., Daheim, J., & Neduvelil, A. (2021). Prescription pain medication use among midlife and older adults with chronic pain: The roles of generativity and family support. Families, Systems, & Health, 39(2), 248-258. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000579.
- Nguyen, N., Kim, S. Y., Daheim, J., & Neduvelil, A. (2021). Social contribution and psychological well-being among midlife adults with chronic pain: A longitudinal approach. Journal of Aging and Health, 32, 1591-1601. doi: 10.1177/0898264320947293.
- Kim, S. Y., Shigemoto, Y., Neduvelil, A., & Grzywacz, J. (2021). Longitudinal stability of work-family enrichment over and above well-being and personality traits. The Counseling Psychologist, 49(6) https://doi.org/10.1177/00110000211015909.
- Kim, S. Y., Suh, H., Oh, W., & Daheim, J. (2020). Daily change Patterns in Mindfulness and Psychological Health: A Pilot Intervention. Journal of Clinical Psychology
- Kim, S. Y., Shigemoto, Y., & Neduvelil, A. (2019). Survive or thrive? longitudinal relation between chronic pain and well-being. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-019-09805-3.
- Daheim, J., Kim, S. Y., Neduvelil, A., & Nguyen, N. (2019). Men, chronic pain, and prescription pain medication use: The role of gender role beliefs in a longitudinal moderated mediation model. Pain Medicine doi:10.1093/pm/pnz200.
- Boone, D., & Kim, S. Y. (2019). Family strain, depression, and somatic amplification in adults with chronic pain. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-019-09799-y.
- Kim, S. Y., Lee, J., Wester, S. R., & Fouad, N. (2019). Do “manly” men believe other men are happier? Social comparison, masculine norms, and positive work–family spillover. Psychology of Men & Masculinities http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000226.
- Kim, S. Y., Nguyen, N., Bradshaw, A., & Harper, E. (2022, August). Providers' Perspectives in Pain Care Among Linguistic, Cultural, and Ethnic Minority Patients. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.
- Kim, S. Y., Nguyen, N., Sue, H., Lee, J., & Kim, M. (2022, August). “You should speak up”: Language and shame among ethnic and linguistic minority students in psychology. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Minneapolis, MN.
- Yoo, H., Kim, S. Y., Nguyen, N., & Grossman, J. (2022, March). Barriers and facilitators to optimal pain care for linguistically and culturally diverse patients: A qualitative analysis of physicians’ perspectives. Poster presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Convention, Scottsdale, AZ.
- Yoo, H., Nguyen, N., & Kim, S. Y. (2022, March). Language and cultural barriers in pain communication: Experiences of healthcare providers. Paper presented at the American Psychosomatic Society, Long Beach, CA.
- Nguyen, N., Kim, S. Y., & Lee, J. (2022, March). The change of work-family-social support interface among workers with chronic pain: A latent transition analysis. Paper presented at the American Psychosomatic Society, Long Beach, CA.
- Nguyen, N., Yoo, H., Kim, S. Y., Iserman, M., & Daheim, J. (2022, March). Diurnal cortisol profiles among people with chronic pain and the associations with work, family, and work-family spillover. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.
- Yoo, H., Nguyen, N., & Kim, S. Y. (2022, March). “I can’t think in English when I hurt so bad:” The phenomenology of ethnic and linguistic minority pain patients’ experiences with pain communication. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.