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Sophia Kim, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 008
Phone: 808.956.6123
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: sophiabk@hawaii.edu


Education

PhD, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

MSW, University of Southern California

Research Interests

  • Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Promoting Behaviors
  • Prevention and Intervention Research Among Asian Americans and Other Historically Underrepresented Populations

CV

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ACADEMIC/RESEARCH INTERESTS

Health determinants (social/economic, physical environments, and individual characteristics/behaviors), health disparities, health promoting behaviors, and prevention and intervention research among ethnic minority populations.

EDUCATION

2017 University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare
Three Study Dissertation: Examining the Determinants of Colorectal Cancer
Screening Practices among Asian Americans

2011 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Masters in Social Work – Health Concentration

2008 University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Hawaii at Manoa – Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, Honolulu, HI

Spring 2018 Review of Research in Social Work (SW741)
Social Welfare as a Social Institution (SW326)

Fall 2017 Review of Research in Social Work (SW741)
Introduction to Scientific Methods and Principles in Social Work (SW640)

Spring 2016 Review of Research in Social Work (SW741)

Fall 2016 Review of Research in Social Work (SW741)

Fall 2015 Teaching Practicum: Review of Research in Social Work (SW741) Responsibilities included serving as lead lecturer on 1) Critically Appraising Non-Experimental Quantitative Studies and 2) Critically Appraising Qualitative Studies power point lectures, class assignment/homework development, assisting students individually with understanding of lecture materials, reviewing and grading assignments and exams, individually consulting with students on group final assignment.

Hawaii Pacific University – School of Social Work, Hawaii Loa Campus, Kaneohe, HI

Fall 2017 Culture and Diversity in Advanced Generalist Practice (SW7100)

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Fleary, S. A., Tagorda, M., Kim, S., Rathke, M., & Nigg, C. R. (2017). Validating stages of change for obesogenic behaviors across adolescent minorities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0392-7

Kim, S. B. (2017). Unraveling the Determinants to Colorectal Cancer Screening among Asian Americans: A Systematic Review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0413-6

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Kim, S. (2016). “Barriers and Facilitators to Colorectal Cancer Screening Practice among Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese Americans in Hawaii.” Poster presentation presented at SWSD 2016 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, June 27-30, in Seoul, Korea

Jang, S., Hong, S., & Kim, S. (2016). “Examining Protective Factors of Problem Gambling among College Students in South Korea: Focusing on Ego Resiliency and Social Support.” Oral presentation presented at SWSD 2016 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development, June 27-30, in Seoul, Korea

Kim, S. (2016). “Ethnic and Gender Variances in Colorectal Cancer Screening Practice among Asian Americans in Hawaii.” Oral presentation presented at the 20th annual Society for Social Work and Research – Grand Challenges for Social Work: Setting a Research Agenda for the Future, January 15, in Washington DC.

Kim, S. (2015). “Examining Colorectal Cancer Screening Disparities Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander.” Oral presentation presented at the 19th annual Society for Social Work and Research – The Social and Behavioral Importance of Increased Longevity, January 17, in New Orleans, LA

Kim, S. (2014). “Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.” Oral presentation presented at the 9th annual He Huliau Health Disparities conference – Community-Academic Partnerships for Pacific Health Equity, September 20, in Kapolei, HI

Garcia, A. & Kim, S. (2013). “Lessons Learned in Building Urban Youth Suicide and Substance Abuse Capacity: The Walking In a New Direction Project Story.” Oral presentation at the 31st Annual Protecting our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect, April, in Tulsa, OK

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

8/2016 – 5/2017 University of Hawaii at Manoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; Reaffirmation Team/Assessment Committee; Department Assistant

Goal is to reaffirm the school of Social Work’s accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) by comprehensively reviewing the program’s design, implementation, and outcome of program delivery via the evaluation of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). Provide task-focused assistance to the Reaffirmation Team with duties including organizing and writing components of required sections.
Duties for Assessment Committee includes assessing students’ mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the CSWE: perform data entry and evaluate outcomes on eCAFE (tool used to measure course and faculty evaluations) using Word doc, Excel, and SPSS; preliminary data analysis; and other administrative duties.

6/2014 – 1/2016 Assessment Committee; Graduate Research Assistant

Goal is to assess students’ mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the CSWE for BSW and MSW programs. Perform data entry and evaluate outcomes on eCAFE using Word doc, Excel, and SPSS; preliminary data analysis; and other administrative duties.

9/2013 – 6/2015 Hawaii Department of Health – Children of Adolescent Mental Health Division; Project Kealahou Evaluation Team; Graduate Research Assistant

Goal of Project Kealahou is to establish trauma-informed system of mental health care to help Hawai’i’s ethnically diverse girls with significant trauma issues. As a member of the evaluation team, role included scheduling and conducting in-person baseline and follow-up outcome interviews using various screening/assessment tools for adolescent girls and their families enrolled in the project. Perform data entry using Word doc and Excel, develop and maintain participant databases, ensure quality and confidentiality of data, took lead on retention efforts of study participants, and assist with other administrative/program duties.

6/2011 – 7/2013 United American Indian Involvement, Inc.; Robert Sundance Family Wellness Center; Therapist/Youth Program Coordinator

Provide task-focused training/supervision as Preceptor to MSW intern during academic year. Conduct program intakes and biopsychosocial assessment. Provide clinical interventions and develop individual treatment plans with clients. Participate in case planning with internal and external service providers to coordinate integrated care. Coordinator and facilitator of psychoeducational workshops and activities/events for youth program. Experience in program development, data collection, and evaluation. Conduct presentations and informational workshops to partnering agencies/community for outreach. Familiar with Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) for Indian Health Services database.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Current – Society for Social Work and Research

2012-2013 Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – CA Chapter

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