Hyoun K. Kim, Ph.D.

Research Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Active Research Projects

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and has been working at OSLC since 1999. Her research interests center around the development of psychopathology in adolescents and young adults from at-risk backgrounds, including depression, delinquency, drug use, health risking sexual behavior, and intimate partner violence. Her work has focused on understanding the developmental trajectories and transmission of these health risking behaviors across generations, with a strong focus on mediating effects of self-regulatory systems and social influence processes (especially romantic partners’ influence) on the development of health risking behaviors during emerging adulthood. She has been serving as co-investigator on multiple longitudinal studies of at-risk adolescent populations, including two long-term longitudinal studies of at-risk young men and their romantic partners (Oregon Youth Study and OYS-Couples study) in which the etiology of and effects of romantic relationships on the developmental pathways of psychopathology have been examined. She is also serving as co-investigator on a preventive intervention research to examine the effects of the Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) intervention on developmental trajectories of problem behaviors in delinquent females during adolescence on young adult outcomes. In addition, Dr. Kim is closely involved in two randomized control efficacy studies to test effects of the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) program which was designed to increase school readiness among at-risk populations including children in foster care.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, H. K., Pears, K. C., Fisher, P. A., Connelly, C. D., & Landsverk, J. A. (2010). Trajectories of maternal harsh parenting in the first 3 years of life. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(12), 897-906.

  • Van Ryzin, M. J., Johnson, A. B., Leve, L. D., & Kim, H. K. (2011). The number of sexual partners and health-risking sexual behavior: Prediction from high school entry to high school exit. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 939-949.

  • Pears, K. C., Fisher, P. A., Bruce, J., Kim, H., & Yoerger, K. (2010). Early elementary school adjustment of maltreated children in foster care: The roles of inhibitory control and caregiver involvement. Child Development, 81(5), 1550-1564.

  • Fisher, P. A., Kim, H. K., & Pears, K. C. (2009). Effects of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) on reducing permanent placement failures among children with placement instability. Child and Youth Services Review, 31, 541-546.

  • Kim, H. K., Pears, K. C., Capaldi, D. M., & Owen, L. D. (2009). Emotion dysregulation in the intergenerational transmission of romantic relationship conflict. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 585-595.

  • Capaldi, D. M., Stoolmiller, M., Kim, H. K., & Yoerger, K. (2009). Growth in alcohol use in at-risk adolescent boys: Two-part random effects prediction models. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 105, 109-117.

  • Kim, H. K., Capaldi, D. M., Pears, K. C., Kerr, D. C. R., & Owen, L. D. (2009). Intergenerational transmission of internalising and externalising behaviors across three generations: Gender specific pathways. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 19, 125-141.

  • Kim, H. K., Laurent, H. K., Capaldi, D. M., & Feingold, A. (2008). Men’s aggression toward women: A 10-year panel study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 1169-1187.

  • Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., & Fisher, P. A. (2008). Psychosocial and cognitive functioning of children with specific profiles of maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 958-971.

  • Capaldi, D. M., Kim, H. K., & Owen, L. D. (2008). Romantic partners’ influence on men’s likelihood of arrest in early adulthood. Criminology, 46, 401-433.

  • Kim, H. K., Capaldi, D. M., & Crosby, L. (2007). Generalizability of Gottman and colleagues’ affective process models of couples’ relationship outcomes. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 55-72.

  • Fisher, P. A., & Kim, H. K. (2007). Intervention effects on foster preschoolers’ attachment-related behaviors from a randomized trial. Prevention Science, 8, 161-170

  • Wiesner, M., & Kim, H. K. (2006). Co-occurring delinquency and depressive symptoms of adolescent boys and girls: A dual trajectory modeling approach. Developmental Psychology, 42, 1220-1235.

  • Stoolmiller, M., Kim, H. K., & Capaldi, D. M. (2005). The course of depressive symptoms in men from early adolescence to young adulthood: Identifying latent trajectories and early predictors. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 331-345.

Recent Publications

  • McDermott, J. M., Pears, K. C., Bruce, J., Kim, H. K., Roos, L. E., Yoerger, K., & Fisher, P. A. (2017). Improving kindergarten readiness in children with developmental disabilities: Changes in neural correlates of response monitoring. Applied Neuropsychology: Child. doi:10.1080/21622965.2017.1286239

  • Kim, H. K., Buchanan, R., & Price, J. M. (2017). Pathways to preventing substance use among youth in foster care. Prevention Science, Online first. doi:10.1007/s11121-017-0800-6

  • Graham, A. M., Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., Bruce, J., & Fisher, P. A. (2017). Effects of a school readiness intervention on HPA Axis functioning and school adjustment for children in foster care. Development and Psychopathology, Epub ahead of print, 1-14. doi:10.1017/S0954579417001171

  • Kim, H. K., Shortt, J. W., Tiberio, S. S., & Capaldi, D. M. (2016). Aggression and coercive behaviors in early adult relationships:  Findings from the Oregon Youth Study–Couples Study. In T. J. Dishion & J. J. Snyder (Eds.), Oxford handbook of coercive relationship dynamics (pp. 169-181). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199324552.013.14

  • Pears, K. C., Kim, H. K., Fisher, P., & Yoerger, K. (2016). Increasing pre-kindergarten early literacy skills in children with developmental disabilities and delays. Journal of School Psychology, 57, 15-27. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2016.05.004