Psy.D. Program Faculty: Anatasia S. Kim, Ph.D.

Anatasia S. Kim, Ph.D.
Full-Time Institute Faculty
akim@wi.edu

B.A. Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
M.A. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology (minor), University of California, Los Angeles, 2001

Dr. Kim is a cognitive-behavioral therapist whose primary areas of interest are child/adolescent/family development and minority mental health. Her clinical training and experience have involved working in multiple therapeutic contexts, the use of multidisciplinary mediums, and the management of a diversity of mental health concerns. She has worked with children/adolescents and their families in the contexts of schools, day-treatment programs, hospitals, probation programs, foster care, residential care, social and protective services, home-based services, outpatient clinics, and private practice.

Dr. Kim spent five years of her graduate training working with at-risk youth in the East Los Angeles area as part of a school-based intervention. This eventually culminated in her dissertation project, “Effects of stressors and interpersonal moderators in predicting group utilization and treatment effectiveness among inner-city adolescents.” Dr. Kim’s practicum training at St. John’s Child and Family Development Center (Santa Monica, CA) involved assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with various psychiatric presentations, including oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, eating disorders, sexual and physical abuse, developmental disability, and mood disorders. During her pre-doctoral internship at the Child and Family Guidance Center (Northridge, CA), Dr. Kim continued her community-based work with children/adolescents and families challenged by sexual and physical abuse, delinquency, psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and mood disorders. For her post-doctoral training at Through the Looking Glass (Berkeley, CA), she provided home-based services for medically fragile and developmentally delayed children, as well as young adults with developmental disabilities.

Since 2003, Dr. Kim has been working with adolescents and young adults with neurocognitive disorders, including a year at Orion Academy (Moraga, CA), a non-profit, private high school for teens diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disability. With this population, she was involved in teaching social skills development, conducting crisis management, and providing individual psychotherapy services. In her private practice, Dr. Kim treats mainly anxiety and depression in children, adolescents and young adults, with a particular emphasis on those with neurocognitive disorders such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disability.

Dr. Kim has been leading various projects with Wright Institute doctoral students in a variety of areas including: recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students in graduate training; pipeline for advanced psychology degrees for underrepresented students; legislative advocacy and public policy in professional psychology; cross-disciplinary approaches to working with immigrant communities; and constructive conversations about culture and diversity.

Dr. Kim has served on a number of professional organizations including: President of the Alameda County Psychological Association (ACPA); Chair of the California Psychological Association (CPA) Immigration Task Force; CPA Governmental Affairs Steering Committee; CPA Diversity Delegate to the American Psychological Association State Leadership Conference; Chair of ACPA’s Governmental Affairs Committee; Berkeley Alliance Board; and the Ethnic Health Institute Board.

Finally, Dr. Kim is a National Ronald McNair Scholar and the recipient of number of awards, including American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, Okura Mental Health Fellowship, and the APAGS Guardian of Psychology Award.