Bryan S. K. Kim, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair of the Division of Social Sciences
Dr. Bryan S. K. Kim joined the UH Hilo's Department of Psychology in 2006 as an associate professor and was promoted to full professor with tenure in 2008. From 2008 to 2020, he served as the Director of the MA Program in Counseling Psychology. Currently, Dr. Kim is the Chair of the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Kim received the Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (Emphasis: Counseling Psychology) from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000. He also has a Master of Education in School Counseling (1995) and a Bachelor of Education in high school science education (1992), both from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Honolulu. Dr. Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MHC196) in the State of Hawaiʻi.
From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Kim was a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Maryland, College Park. In August 2002, Dr. Kim returned to University of California, Santa Barbara as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology Program. In 2005, he was promoted to associate professor with tenure at UCSB.
Dr. Kim's research focuses on multicultural counseling process and outcome, measurement of culture-specific constructs, counselor training, and immigrant experiences. His current research examines the effects of culture-specific interventions and client enculturation/acculturation (e.g., cultural values) on counseling process and outcome. Dr. Kim's work has led to over 90 publications and over 100 presentations. Dr. Kim's interest in cross-cultural psychology largely stems from his experiences growing up in Hawaiʻi as a 1.5-generation Asian American.
Dr. Kim is the Editor of The Counseling Psychologist , an Associate Editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and the Immediate Past Editor of Asian American Journal of Psychology . He also serves as a Consulting Editor of Journal of Counseling Psychology , Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling , and Korean Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy .