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Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Email: kkim7@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 827-8890


Ph.D., University of Maryland

M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis

M.A., Yonsei University

B.A., Korea University


Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the VCU School of Social Work. His scholarship focuses on aging and mental health. He has particular interests in the role of programs, policies, and neighborhood environments in predicting mental health status and service utilization of older racial and ethnic minorities.

His current research examines the effects of county-level characteristics on mental health services use among older racial and ethnic minorities. This research expands our understanding of disparities in mental health service use (within- and between-group differences), and inform intervention strategies targeted at specific racial and ethnic minorities. Another research project investigates the associations between neighborhood physical and social environments and cardiovascular disease risk factors in Baltimore City. He is collaborating with a research team at University of Maryland at Baltimore and University of Maryland at Baltimore County. This study addresses the social determinants of cardiovascular health disparities.

His research is informed by his practice experiences at both the domestic and international level. He was a program director at a community-based organization serving older immigrants in Chicago. In South Korea, he, as a social worker, developed and implemented social enterprise programs with working poor families; he also worked as an investigator at Presidential Commission that promotes human rights. Kim welcomes mentoring opportunities to guide students about the issues facing on older adults in his research, teaching, and scholarship.


Notable awards, honors and appointments

  • Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program, 2013-2016
  • The best quantitative article of the year, Journal of Social Work Education, 2016
  • Excellent Paper Award, National Research Foundation of Korea, 2016
  • Grantmakers in Aging Fellowship, 2015
  • Pre-Dissertation Awardee, Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work , 2012-2013

Selected publications

Smith, R., Lehning, A., & Kim, K. (2017). Aging in place in gentrifying neighborhoods: Implications for older adults’ physical and mental health. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx105

Kim, K., Lehning, A., & Sacco, P. (2016). Assessing the factor structure of well-being in older adults: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. Aging and Mental Health, 20, 814-822. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1037245

Kim, K., & Lee, M. (2015). Depressive symptoms among older adults living alone: The role of community characteristics. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 80, 248-263. doi: 10.1177/0091415015590315