Irene J. Kim Park
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Park’s research focuses on ethnic minority mental health. Using an ecological approach, Dr. Park integrates culture as a critical context of human behavior in her work. Dr. Park’s current research focuses on two main lines of inquiry: 1) understanding risk and resilience processes in the development of psychopathology in ethnic minority populations, with particular attention to the contexts of family and culture; and, 2) investigating ways in which issues related to race, ethnicity, and culture may affect mental health disparities. In the first line of inquiry, Dr. Park’s research has focused on sociocultural influences on the mental health of Asian American adolescents and young adults. Her current work examines emotion regulation as an important mechanism that is influenced by culture and family processes and closely linked to mental health. In the second line of inquiry, Dr. Park examines both the root causes and solutions to the problem of mental health disparities. In recent work, she has begun to investigate the role of racial/ethnic discrimination as one factor contributing to mental health disparities among ethnic minorities, with a current focus on Latino and Asian American youths and their families.
Note: Dr. Park is not accepting new graduate students for Fall 2014.
(* denotes current or former graduate student co-author; ** denotes undergraduate student author)
Park, I. J. K., & *Kim, P. Y (in press). The role of self-construals in the link between anger regulation and externalizing problems in Korean American adolescents: Testing a moderated mediation model. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Park, I. J. K., Schwartz, S. J., Lee, R. M., *Kim, M., & Rodriguez, L. (in press). Perceived racial/ethnic discrimination and antisocial behaviors among Asian American college students: Testing the moderating roles of ethnic and American identity. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
*Kim, M., & Park, I. J. K. (2011). Testing the moderating effect of parent-adolescent communication on the acculturation gap—distress relation in Korean American families. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1661-1673.
Park, I. J. K., **Sulaiman, C., Schwartz, S. J., Kim, S. Y., Ham, L. S., & Zamboanga, B. L. (in press). Self-construals and social anxiety among Asian American college students: Testing emotion suppression as a mediator. Asian American Journal of Psychology.
*Cheung, R. Y. M., & Park, I. J. K. (2010). Anger suppression, interdependent self-construal, and depression among Asian American and European American college students. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 517-525.
Park, I. J. K., *Kim, P. Y., *Cheung, R. Y. M., & *Kim, M. (2010). The role of culture, family processes, and anger regulation in Korean American adolescents’ adjustment problems. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 258-266.
*Kim, P. Y., & Park, I. J. K. (2009). Testing a multiple mediation model of Asian American college students' willingness to see a counselor. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15, 295-302.
Park, I. J. K., Garber, J., Ciesla, J. A., & Ellis, B. J. (2008). Convergence
among multiple methods of measuring positivity and negativity in the family environment: Relation to depression in mothers and their children. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 123-134.
Park, I.J. K. (2007). Enculturation of Korean American adolescents within
familial and cultural contexts: The mediating role of ethnic identity. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 56, 403-412.
Kim, I. J., Lau, A. S., & Chang, D. F. (2007). Family violence. In F. Leong, A. G. Inman, A. Ebreo, L. Yang, L. M. Kinoshita, and M. Fu(Eds.), Handbook of Asian American Psychology (2nd ed.: pp. 363-378) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Kim, I. J., Kim, L. I. C., & Kelly, J. G. (2006). Developing cultural competence in working with Korean immigrant families. Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 149-165.
Kim, I. J., & Lorion, R. P. (2006). Introduction to the special issue: Addressing mental health disparities through culturally competent research and community based practice. Journal of Community Psychology, 34, 117-120.
Kim, I. J., & Zane, N. W. S. (2004). Ethnic and cultural variations in anger regulation and attachment patterns among Korean American and European American male batterers. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 10, 151-168.
Kim, I. J., Ge, X., Brody, G. H., Conger, R. D., Gibbons, F. X., & Simons, R. L. (2003). Parenting behaviors and the occurrence and co-occurrence of depressive symptoms and conduct problems among African American children. Journal of Family Psychology, 17 , 571-583.
Ge, X., Kim, I. J., Brody, G. H., Conger, R. D., Simons, R. L., Gibbons, F. X., & Cutrona, C. E. (2003). It’s about timing and change: Pubertal transition effects on symptoms of major depression among African American youths. Developmental Psychology, 39, 430-439.
Kim, I. J., Zane, N. W. S., & Hong, S. (2002). Protective factors against substance use among Asian American youth: A test of the peer cluster theory. Journal of Community Psychology, 30, 565-584.
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