Lab Director

Giyeon Kim, PhD (김기연; 金基姸)

Associate Professor of Psychology 


B.A., Human Development and Family Studies, Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2000)
M.A., Human Development, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2002)
Ph.D., Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA  (2007)
Postdoc, Gerontology (Health Disparities), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2007-2008)
Postdoc, Gerontology (Health Disparities), Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA (2008-2009)

The Kim Aging Lab

Curriculum Vitae: 
Dr. Kim’s Latest CV 

Contact Information:

Office: 813 in Building 303 
Phone: (82) 2-820-5165

Mailing Address: 
Chung-Ang University 
84 Heukseok-Ro, Dongjak-Gu
Seoul, 06974
Republic of Korea

Academic Positions Held

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2017 – Present) 
Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, USA (2015 – 2017)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, USA (2009 – 2015) 

Areas of Expertise

  • Geriatric Mental Health 
  • Aging and Mental Health Disparities
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care 
  • Geographic Disparities 
  • Minority Aging 
  • Disparities in Cognitive Dysfunction 
  • Measurement Equivalence of Psychological Measures

About Professor Giyeon Kim

Dr. Giyeon Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Chung-Ang University. Dr. Kim is a gerontologist who studies aging and mental health disparities. Prior to joining CAU in Fall 2017, Dr. Kim was a tenured Associate Professor at The University of Alabama, USA. Dr. Kim’s research has been funded by many research grants including a five year NIH career development award (K01) funded by the National Institute on Aging.  Dr. Kim received multiple prestigious research awards such as the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award from Gerontologial Society of America (GSA), the first place honor of the Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Investigator Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Gerontologial Society of America (GSA). Dr. Kim publishes very widely in the following three areas to understand mechanisms of mental health disparities: (a) racial/ethnic disparitiesin mental health care focusing on factors contributing to disparities between minorities and nonminorities (e.g., geographic factors, limited English proficiency, and perceived discrimination); (b) racial/ethnic disparities in mental health status focusing on risk factors of a wide range of psychological issues and psychiatric disorders; and (c) measurement equivalence issues looking at cultural influences on (standard) mental health screening tools.  Dr. Kim is currently an Executive Editor of Ethnicity & Health and an editorial board member of Journal of Aging and HealthJournal of Cross-Cultural GerontologyAsian American Journal of Psychology, and Innovation in Aging.  Dr. Kim is a fellow of Gerontological Society of America. 

Major Awards and Honors

  • Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award, Gerontological Society of America (GSA), 2017 (Click here for press release.)
  • Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Investigator Award – First Place, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, 2016 
  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (GSA), 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Research Award, Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, 2015 
  • Career Development Award (K01 Award – $.6 Million), National Institute on Aging(NIA)|National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2013-2017
  • Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Investigator Award – First Place, UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, 2012
  • Outstanding Student Research Award – Dissertation Level, Behaviroal and Social Sciences (BSS) Section, Gerontological Society of America (GSA), 2008
  • Best Student Paper Award, Southern Gerontological Society (SGS), 2007 

Representative Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications (in Last Three Years)

To see a full list of publications, please click here.

† denotes a graduate student advisee/graduate student collaborator at time of publication 

Kim, G., Kim, M., Park, S.,†Jimenez, D. E., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2019). Limited English proficiency and trajectories of depressive symptoms among Mexican American elders. The Gerontologist, 59(5), 856-864. doi:10.1093/geront/gny032 [PubMed[SSCI]

Kim, G., Allen, R. S., Wang, S. Y.,†Park, S.,†Perkins, E.A., & Parmelee, P. (2019). The impact of multiple caregiving roles on subjective physical and mental health status among older adults: Racial/ethnic differences existed. The Gerontologist, 59(3), 499-508. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx196 [PubMed [SSCI]

Kim, G., Shin, S. H., Scicolone, M.,† & Parmelee, P. (2019). Purpose in life protects against cognitive decline among older adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(6), 593-601doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2019.01.010 [PubMed[SSCI]

Kim, G., Parmelee, P., Bryant, A.N., Crowther, M.R., Park, S.†, Parton, J.M., & Chae, D.H. (2017). Geographic region matters in the relation between perceived racial discrimination and psychiatric disorders among Black older adults. The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1142-1147. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw129 [PubMed [SSCI]

Kim, G., Dautovich, N., Ford, K. L.†, Jimenez, D., Cook, B. L., Allman, R., & Parmelee, P. (2017). Geographic variation in mental health care disparities among racially/ethnically diverse adults with psychiatric disorders. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(8), 939-948. doi: 10.1007/s00127-017-1401-1. [PubMed  [SSCI] (*Note: Award winning paper for the 2016 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Investigator Award – First Place)


  • Psychology of Aging (Undergraduate; Spring)
  • Developmental Psychology (Undergraduate; Fall)
  • Advanced Seminar in Adult Development and Aging (Graduate; Spring)
  • Proseminar in Psychological Research (Graduate; Fall)

Journal Editorships 

  • Editor, Ethnicity & Health (2017 – Present) 
  • Associate Editor, Ethnicity & Health (2015 – 2017)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Aging & Health (2013 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Asian American Journal of Psychology (2015 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (2015 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Innovation in Aging (GSA Official Journal) (2017 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Korea Gerontological Society (KGS Official Journal) (2018 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, The Korean Journal of Developmental Psychology  (KPS KSDP Official Journal) (2019 – Present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Psychological Services (APA Division 18 Official Journal) (2013 – 2016)