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Kim, Rebecca, PhD

Kim, Rebecca, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus

Pronouns: She/Her

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Dr. Kim received her BA and MA in Social Work at the Ewha Woman’s University in S. Korea. She completed a PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her PhD program, Dr. Kim acquired research skills and training while she worked as a research assistant in the Institute for Research on Poverty. She then moved to Canada for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Applied Family Studies, McGill University.

Dr. Kim has published her articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Social Work, Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, and Journal of Family Issues, among others. She received an Honorable Mention for the SSWR Research Award in 2002.

Her research has focused on child poverty and the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs; welfare reform and its impact; policy analysis of different policy alternatives; poverty measures; and program evaluation. Her recent research agenda includes social adjustment of children from immigrant families.

She served on Youth Advocate Services as a board member; a grant reviewer of Susan G. Komen Foundation-Columbus; a reviewer for the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grants; and a member of editorial board for the Journal of Poverty.


PhD - University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994 - Social Welfare
MA - Ewha Woman's University, Seoul Korea, 1983 - Social Work
BA - Ewha Woman's University, Seoul Korea, 1980 - Social Work

Areas of Expertise

Child poverty
Effectiveness of anti-poverty programs in the US
Policy analysis of alternative policy measures
Program evaulation
Child outcomes of children from immigrant families

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students

Data management and analysis of large-scale data
Scale development
Program evaluation and policy analysis