Su Yeong Kim


Associate Professor

HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.322C
Lab: SEA 2.322A


Office: 512-471-5524
Lab: 512-471-8580
Fax: 512-475-8662



Research Interests

Su Yeong Kim studies the intersection of family and cultural contexts in the development of children of immigrants in the United States.  She examines culturally-relevant developmental processes such as acculturation, tiger parenting, and language brokering in immigrant families, with a focus on the development of adolescents.  Dr. Kim’s focus is on Chinese American and Mexican American families in the United States.  Students with written and verbal proficiency in Chinese (Cantonese) or Spanish are encouraged to inquire about current research opportunities.

Select Publications

Kim, S. Y., Chen, Q., Wang, Y., Shen, Y., & Orozco-Lapray, D.  (in press). Longitudinal linkages among parent-child acculturation discrepancy, parenting, parent-child sense of alienation, and adolescent adjustment in Chinese immigrant families. Developmental Psychology.

Kim, S. Y., Wang, Y., Deng, S., Alvarez, R., & Li, J. (2011). Accent, perpetual foreigner stereotype, and perceived discrimination as indirect links between English proficiency and depressive symptoms in Chinese American adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 47, 289-301.

Kim, S. Y., Chen, Q., Li, J., Huang, X., & Moon, U. J. (2009). Parent-child acculturation, parenting, and adolescent depressive symptoms in Chinese immigrant families. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 426-437.

Kim, S. Y., & Chao, R. K. (2009). Heritage language fluency, ethnic identity, and school effort of immigrant Chinese and Mexico adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15, 27-37.

Kim, S. Y., Nair, R., Knight, G. P., Roosa, M. W., & Updegraff, K. A.  (2009). Measurement equivalence of neighborhood quality measures for European American and Mexican American families.  Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 1-20.

Current Grants

CAREER: Language Brokering and Child Adjustment in Mexican American Children (2010-2015), National Science Foundation (BCS-0956123). PI: Su Yeong Kim.

Courses Recently Taught

HDF 343 – Human Development in Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Families

HDF 380K.1 – Research Methods in Child Development/Family Relationships
HDF 394 – Immigration and the Family