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., Wang, Y., Chen, Q., Shen, Y., & Hou, Y.  (in press). Parent-child acculturation profiles as predictors of Chinese American adolescents’ academic trajectories. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Kim, S. Y., Shen, Y., Huang, X., Wang, Y., & Orozco-Lapray, D. (in press). Chinese American parents’ acculturation and enculturation, bicultural management difficulty, depressive symptoms, and parenting. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Kim, S. Y., Wang, Y., Weaver, S. R., Shen, Y., Wu-Seibold, N., & Liu, C. H. (2014). Measurement equivalence of the language-brokering scale for Chinese American adolescents and their parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 180-192.

Kim, S. Y., Chen, Q., Wang, Y., Shen, Y., & Orozco-Lapray, D.  (2013). Longitudinal linkages among parent-child acculturation discrepancy, parenting, parent-child sense of alienation, and adolescent adjustment in Chinese immigrant families. Developmental Psychology, 49, 900-912. doi:10.1037/a0029169. PMCID: PMC3514557.

Kim, S. Y., Wang, Y., Orozco-Lapray, D., Shen, Y., & Murtuza, M. (2013). Does “tiger parenting” exist? Parenting profiles of Chinese Americans and adolescent developmental outcomes. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4, 7-18. doi:10.1037/a0030612. PMCID: PMC3641860.

Kim, S. Y. (2013).  Defining tiger parenting in Chinese Americans. Human Development, 56, 217-222. doi:10.1159/000353711

Current Grants

CAREER: Language Brokering and Child Adjustment in Mexican American Children (2010-2016), 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