Heejung Kim

Heejung Kim, Professor, Member of PhD Emphasis Affiliate (IEES)

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Office Location

Building 251, Room 3833


Cultural Influences in Psychological Processes (Speech, Social Support, and Social Behaviors)

Faculty in Psychology and Brain Sciences Department


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, Stanford University
  • M.A., Social Psychology, Stanford University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California


Dr. Heejung Kim received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University in 2001. She is currently an associate professor at the Department of Psychological & Brain sciences, UCSB. Her research interests are in cultural psychology, looking at how culture influences a range of psychological processes. Her research has been funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation as well as a grant from Social Science Research Council. She was one of the most cited Assistant Professors in Social Psychology (Dialogue, Fall, 2007). She was also named one of the Revolutionary Minds in science by Seed Magazine (August, 2008).


Dr. Kim is interested in the cultural influences on psychological processes. In her studies, she addresses the implications of these culturally specific cognitive, affective and behavioral tendencies for health and educational outcomes. In particular, her research examines: 

1. Cultural differences in the perception and the effect of speech
2. Cultural differences in the use of social support, and
3. The role of emotion in the acculturation process. She is also interested in the role of culture and genetics in shaping social behaviors.

Visit the UCSB Cultural Psychology webpage for more information regarding Dr. Kim's research.


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