Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Youngwon Kim

Demographic Methods Certificate In Progress

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Health of People and Populations
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

I am a first-year doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Human Development and Dr. Soojin Oh Park is my advisor. I received my B.A. in International and Area Studies, Counseling Psychology, and Social Welfare from Handong Global University and my M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

My primary research interest is to understand how contextual factors such as parenting, parents’ education, family income, communities, discriminations, or public policies affect the learning and development of children, especially those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. In the process of examining how socioeconomic structures affect students, I would like to investigate how individuals or institutions improve children learning and development and what interventions are required for them. In both proposed lines of research mentioned above, I would examine how child learning and development differs across gender, ethnicity, and cultures.

I am currently working as a research assistant at the Cultivate Learning and doing individual research on Korean Early-childhood Care and Education (ECEC).

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing soccer, and watching Korean fun programs.