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Lynch School's Oh Myo Kim named Fulbright U.S. Scholar

She will teach and conduct research in Seoul, South Korea

Oh Myo Kim, an associate professor of the practice in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, has been named a 2024-2025 Fulbright United States Scholar. She will teach and conduct research in Seoul, South Korea.

Administered by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Program, the prestigious awards are competitive fellowships that provide opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad.

Trained as a counseling psychologist and with postdoctoral training in eating disorders, Kim has been a member of the Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology department since 2014. She practices mindfulness-based behavioral therapy and centers her investigations on adoption, the family dynamics in transracial families, and identity development in adopted adults; her interests also extend to cultural socialization, racial and ethnic identity, and social oppression.  Kim has focused her more recent inquiry on pregnancy and motherhood for adopted individuals.  She is a member of the Asian American Psychological Association.

“I am so excited to embark on a research and teaching Fulbright fellowship next academic year,” said Kim, whose family, including two young children, will join her. “I will teach one course each semester as a visiting professor in the department of education at Yonsei University, while my research will focus on the psychological impact of searching for, but not finding, the birth family of adopted individuals.”

“We are thrilled that Oh Myo Kim has won this well-deserved Fulbright fellowship,” said Stanton E. F. Wortham, the Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Lynch School. “She is a valued member of the faculty, and her teaching and mentoring make a significant impact on many students. It’s wonderful to see that she will be able to continue her interesting and important research next year in South Korea.”