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Portrait of Seon Kim

Seon Kim

Ph.D. student


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Pronouns: She/her

M.S.W., Yonsei University
B.A., Chonnam National University

Seon Kim is a second-year doctoral student in the VCU School of Social Work. Her research interests focus on how residential and community environments, health care services, the role of community and health disparities impact older adults’ quality of life.

Kim received her bachelor;s degree from Chonnam National University, where she completed her basic social work knowledge. As an undergraduate volunteer, she was inspired to conduct a research study with socially and economically vulnerable individuals. She earned her Master of Social Welfare at Yonsei University, Graduate School of Social Welfare. As an M.S.W. student, she conducted research on the lives of childhood cancer survivors and older adults with chronic diseases. Specifically, she analyzed how health threats affect psychosocial well-being and devised a service plan for these individuals.

After receiving her M.S.W., Kim worked for the Korean Institute for Health and Social welfare, a national think tank, for four years. She studied the social welfare policies of both local and central governments, and her major research areas were social services and income security policy.


Selected publications

Kim, K., Buckley, T., Burnette, D., Kim, S., & Cho, S. (2021). Measurement Indicators of Age-Friendly Communities: Findings from the AARP Age-Friendly Community Survey. The Gerontologist.

Kim, S., & Nam, S.H. (2017). Assessment of the relationship between social support, self-rated health status, and life satisfaction among the elderly with chronic disease: A comparison with healthy elderlies through multi-group analysis. Journal of the Korean Gerontological Society, 37, 783-807

Choi, K., Kim, S., Son, Y.E., & Nam, S.I. (2014). Psychosocial service needs of families with childhood cancer. Korean Journal of Family Social Work, 45, 171-197