Faculty Profile

Paul Youngbin Kim

​Paul Youngbin Kim

Professor of Psychology; Faculty Scholar for Living Well Initiative

Email: paulkim@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2987
Office: Marston 113

Education: BA, Calvin College, 2004; MA, University of Notre Dame, 2007; PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2010. At SPU since 2010.

Dr. Paul Youngbin Kim is a counseling psychologist with scholarly interests in psychological processes impacting Asian and Asian American communities. Specifically, he is passionate about making mental health services more accessible to Asian Americans. More recently, Dr. Kim has written about contemporary forms of racism (e.g., racial micro-aggressions) and their link to well-being among racial minority groups. He is also committed to highlighting the psychological experiences of sojourning individuals, such as international students or global nomads (e.g., children of cross-cultural missionaries).

Dr. Kim teaches Cross-Cultural Psychology, Advanced Research Methods in Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Counseling Theory and Practice at SPU. Regardless of the topic, in all of his courses, Dr. Kim enjoys creating a space for students to critically think about how culture relates to psychological theories and concepts, and how students can use psychology to serve the underserved and the marginalized.

Dr. Kim is Korean by birth but grew up in the Philippines as a child of cross-cultural missionary parents and identifies as a “missionary kid.” Although he has now lived in several different regions of the United States, Dr. Kim chooses to identify his local home, Seattle, as his hometown. Dr. Kim, his wife, and two daughters are active members of their Seattle church.

​Selected publications

Kim, P. Y., & Tausen, B. M. (2022). White college students’ ethnocultural empathy toward Asians and Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 13(3), 305–313.  https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000246

Kim, P. Y., Jin, J., & Bau, K. E. (2022). A mediator or moderator? Self-compassion’s role in the association between emotional self-control and help-seeking attitudes among Asian American college students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 13(2), 185–193. https://doi.org/10.1037/aap0000248
Kim, P. Y. (2021). Internalized model minority myth, God representations, and mental health among Christian Asian Americans. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000435
Kim, P. Y. (2021). Strategies for teaching White students about racism during a study abroad course. Psychology Teaching Review, 27(2), 36-40.  

Please view Dr. Kim’s CV (PDF) for additional publications. 

Access Dr. Kim's writing here: https://scholars.spu.edu/pykim/ 


Why I Teach at SPU

Paul Youngbin Kim, Professor of Psychology

“I teach at SPU because I feel called to a classroom that not only imparts the most rigorous theories and concepts in psychological science, but also contextualizes the content within a larger framework of faith and culture. I especially enjoy observing growth in students’ passion to ‘give voice’ to communities who have been traditionally underserved in psychological research and practice.”