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Jessica Kim, LCSW

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2018-2019

Advisor: Dr. Malitta Engstrom

Research Interests

Developmental trauma

Family systems

Trauma-informed care

Minority mental health disparities

Jessica is a first year PhD student. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years of practice experience in agency, governmental, and private practice settings delivering clinical services to children, adults, and families. Borne of her diverse experience as a psychotherapist comes a strong interest in researching the impact of traumatic experiences on families across the lifespan. She hopes this research will contribute to the implementation of trauma-informed interventions in and beyond clinical settings. In particular, she is interested in broadening access to culturally competent mental health services in schools and churches for minority youth and families who do not utilize existing systems of care.

Jessica was born in Seoul, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Additionally, she completed a post-master’s social work fellowship in child and adolescent mental health at Yale University. She lives in South Jersey with her husband and three children.

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