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Jessica Cho Kim, LCSW

  • Student, PhD in Social Welfare

Cohort: 2018-2019

Advisor: Dr. Malitta Engstrom

Research Interests

Asian American youth and families

Culturally reflexive mental healthcare

Trauma epistemology and practice

Racial socialization

Jessica is a fourth-year PhD student. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified clinical trauma professional with 15 years of practice experience in agency, governmental, and private practice settings delivering clinical services to children, adults, and families. She is committed to research that centers perspectives of Asian American communities in understanding mental health needs, and ways to critically re-imagine new systems of care. Jessica is also a sought-after speaker on the topic of Asian racialized trauma by hospitals, universities, corporations, and non-profits.

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 Child Study Center. She lives in South Jersey with her husband and three children.

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