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. (2020). Teaching Korean cultural constructs to American students: Examples from a South Korea study abroad course. Psychology Teaching Review, 26(2), 5-11.

Kim, P. Y., & Yon, K. J. (2019). Stigma, loss of face and help-seeking attitudes among South Korean college students. The Counseling Psychologist, 47(3), 331-357. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019872790

Kim, P. Y., Kendall, D. L., & Cheon, H. (2017). Racial microaggressions, cultural mistrust, and mental health outcomes among Asian American college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(6), 663–670. https://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000203

Kim, P. Y. (2017). Religious support mediates the racial microaggressions-mental health relation among Christian ethnic minority students. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality, 9(2), 148-157. https://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000076

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

Access many of Dr. Kim’s publications here: https://works.bepress.com/paul-kim/ 

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.”