Giyeon Kim

Giyeon Kim

Research Interests:

Giyeon Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, joined  the Alabama Research Institute on Aging (ARIA) and the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama in 2009.  Dr. Kim’s research focuses primarily on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and mental health service use among older adults.  Dr. Kim has been involved in several projects relating to mental health disparities and has extensive experience with diverse racial and ethnic groups, including non-Hispanic Whites, African Americans, Latinos (Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans), Asians (Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese and Koreans), and American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIANs).  Dr. Kim’s work has been supported by grants examining (1) barriers and facilitators to mental health service use among racially/ethnically diverse older adults and (2) the role of geography on racial disparities in mental health service use among older adults.  Dr. Kim also conducts research on measurement equivalence of mental health screening tools across diverse cultural groups.  Her work on racial/ethnic disparities and measurement equivalence has been widely published in a number of prestigious peer-reviewed journals.

Giyeon Kim Curriculum Vitae

Current Lab Students:

Graduate Students

  • Ami Bryant, M.A. (Doctoral student, Clinical Geropsychology Program)
  • Katy Ford, B.A. (Doctoral student, Clinical Geropsychology Program)
  • Chao-Hui (Sylvia) Huang, Ed.D., M.A. (Doctoral student, Clinical Geropsychology Program)

Undergraduate – Honors Student Advisee(s)

  • Brittney Rodriguez (Psychology Major/Pre-Medical)

Contact Information:

Tel: (205) 348-7517

Fax: (205) 348-7520

Email: giyeon.kim@ua.edu

Office: 215 Osband Hall

Mailing address: Center for Mental Health and Aging, The University of Alabama, BOX 870315, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications (Since 2009):

denotes a graduate student advisee/collaborator at time of publication

Bryant, A. N., & Kim, G. (in press). The relation between acculturation and alcohol consumption patterns among older Asian and Hispanic immigrants. Aging and Mental Health.

Ford, K. L., Bryant, A. N., & Kim, G. (in press). Age differences in satisfaction with and perceived benefit from mental health services: Results from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Kim, G., Ford, K. L., Chiriboga, D. A., & Sorkin, D. H. (in press). Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare use, delayed care, and management for diabetes among older adults in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Kim, G., DeCoster, J., Huang, C.-H., & Bryant, A. N. (in press). A meta-analysis of the factor structure of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS): The effects of language. International Psychogeriatrics.

Kim, G., Parmelee, P., DeCoster, J., Bryant, A. N., & Chiriboga, D. A. (in press). The relation between body mass index and self-rated mental health among older adults: Do racial/ethnic differences exist? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

*Kim, G., DeCoster, J., Huang, C.-H., & Parmelee, P. (in press). Health disparities grants funded by National Institute on Aging (NIA): Trends between 2000 and 2010. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/GNS035

(*Note: Award winning paper for the 2012 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Research Investigator Award – First Place Award for Poster Presentation)

Kim, G., Parton, J. M., DeCoster, J., Bryant, A. N., Ford, K. L., & Parmelee, P. (in press). Regional variation of racial disparities in mental health service use among older adults. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/gns107

Bryant, A. N., & Kim, G. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in prevalence and correlates of binge drinking among older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 16,208-217. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.615735

Jang, Y., Park, N. S., Kim, G., Kwag, K. H., Rho, S., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2012). The association between self-rated mental health and symptoms of depression in Korean American older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 481-485. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.628981

Kim, G., Bryant, A. N., Goins, R. T., Worley, C. B., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2012). Disparities in health status and health care access and use between older American Indiansand Alaska Natives and non-Hispanic Whites in California. Journal of Aging and Health, 24, 799-811. doi:10.1177/0898264312444309

Kim, G., Bryant, A. N., & Parmelee, P. (2012). Racial/ethnic differences in serious psychological distress among older adults in California.International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 1070-1077. doi:10.1002/gps.2825

Kim, G., Chiriboga, D. A., Bryant, A. N., Huang, C.-H., Crowther, M., & Ma, G. X. (2012). Self-rated mental health among Asian American adults: Association with psychiatric disorders. Asian American Journal of Psychology [Special Issue on the Secondary Data Analysis of the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS)], 3, 44-52. doi:10.1037/a0024318

Kim, G., Jang, Y., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2012). Personal views about aging among Korean American older adults: The role of physical health, social network, and acculturation. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 27, 139-148. doi:10.1007/s10823-012-9165-2

Oliver, J. S., Worley, C. B., DeCoster, J., Palardy, L., Kim, G., Reddy, A., & Allen, R. S. (2012). Disparities in colorectal cancer screening behaviors: Implications for African American men. Gastroenterology Nursing, 35, 93-98. doi:10.1097/SGA.0b013e31824e2d7a

Hahn, E. A., Kim, G., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2011). Acculturation and depressive symptoms among Mexican American elders new to the caregiving role: Results from the Hispanic-EPESE. Journal of Aging and Health, 23,417-432. doi:10.1177/0898264310380454

Jang, Y., Kim, G., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2011). Gender differences in depressive symptoms among older Korean American immigrants. Social Work in Public Health [Special Issue on Health Disparities and Women of Color: Closing the Gap], 26, 1-14doi:10.1080/10911350902987003

Jang, Y., Shin, J., Cho, S., Kim, G., & Chiriboga, D. (2011). The interactive role of chronic medical conditions and sleep disturbance in predicting depressive symptoms among Korean American older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 15, 198-203. doi:10.1080/13607860903493366

Kim, G., Aguado Loi, C. X.,Chiriboga, D. A., Jang, Y., Parmelee, P., & Allen, R. S. (2011). Limited English proficiency as a barrier to mental health service use: A study of Latino and Asian immigrants with psychiatric disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 104-110. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.04.031

Kim, G., DeCoster, J., Chiriboga, D. A., Jang, Y., Allen, R. S., & Parmelee, P. (2011). Associations between self-rated mental health and psychiatric disorders among older adults: Do racial/ethnic differences exist? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 19,416-422. doi:10.1097/JGP.0b013e3181f61ede

Kim, G., DeCoster, J., Huang, C.-H., & Chiriboga, D.A. (2011). Race/ethnicity and the factor structure of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale: A meta-analysis. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 381-396. doi:10.1037/a0025434

Kim, G., Worley, C. B., Allen, R. S., Vinson, L., Crowther, M., Parmelee, P., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2011). Vulnerability of older Latino and Asian immigrants with limited English proficiency. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59, 1246-1252. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03483.x

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. A.,Kim, G., & Rhew, S.(2010). Perceived discrimination, sense of control, and depressive symptoms among Korean American older adults. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 129-135. doi:10.1037/a0019967

Jang, Y., Kim, G., & Chiriboga, D. A. (2010). Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease, feelings of shame, and awareness of services among Korean American elders. Journal of Aging and Health, 22,419-433. doi:10.1177/0898264309360672

Kim, G.(2010). Measuring depression in a multicultural society: Conceptual issues and research recommendations. Hallym International Journal of Aging, 12,27-46. doi:10.2190/HA.12.1.c

Kim, G., Chiriboga, D. A., Jang, Y., Lee, S., Huang, C.-H., & Parmelee, P. (2010). Health status of older Asian Americans in California. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58, 2003-2008. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03034.x

Kim, G., Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. A., Ma, G. X., & Schonfeld, L. (2010). Factors associated with mental health service use in Latino and Asian immigrant elders. Aging and Mental Health, 14, 535-542. doi:10.1080/13607860903311758

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D. A., Kim, G., & Cho, S. (2009). Changes in perceived health and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal analysis with older Korean Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 11, 7-11. doi:10.1007/s10903-007-9112-4

Kim, G.,& Chiriboga, D. A. (2009). Factors affecting nursing home use of older Whites and Hispanics: A review of the characteristics of care recipients and caregivers. Hallym International Journal of Aging, 14, 49-64. doi:10.2190/HA.11.1.d

*Kim, G., Chiriboga, D. A., & Jang, Y. (2009). Cultural equivalence in depressive symptoms in older White, Black, and Mexican American adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57, 790-796. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2009.02188.x

(*Note: Award winning paper for the 2008 Gerontological Society of America Behavioral and Social Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award)