Youn Kyoung "Lily" Kim, PhD, LMSW
Office: 2165 Pleasant Hall
PhD, Social Work, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2016
MSW, Social Welfare, Sookmyung Women’s University, 2008
BA, Library and Information Science, Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea, 1993
Dr. Kim explores interconnections between mental health and health risk behaviors among vulnerable populations, especially at-risk youth, immigrants, and refugees. Her research addresses behavioral health inequities and identifies salient risk and protective factors to achieve health/mental health equity while exploring pathways to enhanced resilience and improved well-being among vulnerable populations. Her background, including developing and implementing community- and school-based interventions, addresses health-related risky behaviors. Dr. Kim has worked with children and youth in school contexts, and her research on culturally grounded intervention addresses inequalities in behavioral health access for minority children and adolescents with different cultural backgrounds in underserved communities. She recently conducted community-based participatory research on post-migration risk and resilience among African refugees in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and currently leads a financial empowerment intervention project using a healing-centered approach in Louisiana.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LH9WJosAAAAJ&hl=en
Boyas, J. F., Moon, S. S., Kim, Y. J., Kim, Y. K., & Faheti, M. (2021) Identifying correlates and interactions of suicidal ideation among Latinx youth using classification and regression tree models. Journal of Health and Social Sciences. Accepted.
Maleku, A., Kim, Y. K., Kirsch, J., Um, M. Y., Haran, H., Moon, S. S., & Yu, M. (2021) The hidden minority: Mental health impact of discrimination and loneliness among U.S. international students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication.
Kim, Y. K., Moon, S. S., Yu, M., Um, M. Y., Maleku, A., Kehinde, O., & Pooler, D. (2021) The
perfect storm? COVID-19 and substance use among social work students in the United
States. The British Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication.
Lim, Y., Kim, Y. K., Maleku, A., Conner, A. Lee, N. Y., & Yang, M. Y. (2021) The Phenomenon of repeat payday borrowing in the United States: Assessing risk and protective factors among the financially vulnerable. The British Journal of Social Work. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab182
Piscitello, J., Kim, Y. K., Orooji, M., & Robison, S. (2021) Sociodemographic risk, school engagement, and community characteristics: A mediated approach to understanding high school dropout. Children & Youth Services Review, 133, 106347.
Du, X., & Kim, Y. K. (2021) Direct and indirect associations between family residential mobility, parent functioning, and adolescent behavioral health. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30, 3055-3069.
Kim, Y. K. (2021) Gender-moderated associations between adolescent mental health, conventional substance use, and vaping. Children & Youth Services Review, 129, 106193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106193
Small, E., Kim, Y. K., & Yu, M. (2021). Sexually transmitted diseases among college students in Sierra Leone: A life course ecological analysis. Sexuality & Culture. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09799-1
Kim, Y. K., Maleku, A., Lim, Y., Kagotho, N., Scott, J., & *Ketchum, M. (2021). Financial challenges and capacity among African refugees in the Southern United State: A study of sociodemographic differences. The British Journal of Social Work, 00, 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab008
Kim, Y. J., Crutchfield, J., & Kim, Y. K. (2021). Effects of church attendance vs. private religious activities on suicide ideation: Study of rural college students. Journal of Religion and Health, 60(4), 2560-2572. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01224-7
Eugene, D., Du, X., & Kim, Y. K. (2021). School climate and bullying victimization among adolescents: A moderated mediation model of school connectedness and parental involvement. Children and Youth Services Review, 121, 105854. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105854
Maleku, A., Kim, Y. K., Kagotho, N., & Lim, Y. (2021). Expanding the transformative explanatory sequential design archetype in a cross-cultural context: The polemic of African refugee livelihoods in places of resettlement. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 15(2), 212–239. https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689820936378
Lemieux, C. M., Kim, Y. K., Brown, K. S., Chaney, C., Robertson, R. V., & Borskey, E. (2020). Assessing police violence and bias against Black U.S. Americans: Development and validation of the Beliefs about Law Enforcement Scale. Journal of Social Work Education, 56(4), 664–682. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2020.1764893
Kim, Y. K., & Cronley, C. (2020). Acculturative stress and binge drinking among international students: Resilience and vulnerability approaches. Journal of American College Health, 68(2), 207–218. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2018.1538998
Du, X., & Kim, Y. K. (2020). Family functioning and adolescent behavior problems: A moderated mediation model of caregiver depression and neighborhood collective efficacy. Children and Youth Services Review, 116, 105270. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105270
Kim, Y. K., Sanders, J., Makubuya, T., & Yu, M. (2020). Risk factors of academic performance: Experiences of school violence, school safety concerns, depression by gender. Child & Youth Care Forum, 49(5), 725–742. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-020-09552-7
Kim, Y. K., Mengo, C., Small, E., & Okumu, M. (2020). Antisocial attitude and aggressive behavior among immigrant children: The moderating effects of parent-child relationships. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 29(1–3), 171–184. https://doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2018.1536905
Okumu, M., Kim, Y. K., Sanders, J., Timothy, M., Small, E., & Hong, J. (2020). Gender-specific pathways among face-to-face and cyber bullying victimization, depressive symptoms, and academic performance among U.S. adolescents. Child Indicators Research, 29(1–3), 2205–2223. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-020-09742-8
Kim, Y. K., Lim, Y., Maleku, A., Kagotho, N., & Yang, M. Y. (2020). Financial stress and depression among African refugees in the southern US: Serial multiple mediation of financial self-efficacy and financial anxiety. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 18(2), 151–171. https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2019.1593571
Kim, Y. J., Moon, S. S., Kim, Y. K., & Boyas, J. (2020). Protective factors of suicide: Religiosity and parental monitoring. Children and Youth Services Review, 114, 105073https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105073
Moon, S. S., Boyas, J., & Kim, Y. K. (2020). Using a classification tree modeling approach to predict cigarette use among adolescents in the United States. Substance Use and Misuse, 55(1), 12–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2019.1653323
Kim, Y. K. (2022, January). Gender-moderated association between adolescent mental health, conventional substance use, and vaping. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Kirsch, J., Haran, H., Um, M. Y., & Kim, Y. K., Maleku, A. (2022, January). The hidden minority in the United States: A study of discrimination and mental health among international students during COVID-19 pandemic. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Kim, Y. K., & Lemieux, C. M. (2022, January). Race-moderated association between ethnic identity, social justice, and beliefs about law enforcement among MSW students in the southern United States. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Um, M. Y., Maleku, A., Kim, Y. K., & Yin, A. (2022, January). Discrimination and self-harming thoughts among international students during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of mask-wearing. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Kim, Y. K., Yu, M., Moon, S. S., & Maleku, A. (2021, November). The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Social Work Students. Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.
- 2019-2022: LSU School of Social Work Seed Grant, PI, $7,500
- 2018-2019: CHSE Peabody Dean's Circle, LSU, PI, $3,000
- 2017-2018: OKURA Mental Health Scholarship, co-PI, $7,000
- 2021: Best Empirical Article of Volume 56, Journal of Social Work Education
- 2021: Non-Tenured Faculty Award, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Louisiana State University Chapter
2019: Champion for Change Award, Louisiana Organization for Refugees and Immigrants