Dr. Youngjin Kang

Dr. Youngjin Kang is an Assistant Professor in the Child and Family Studies Concentration within the department of Human Services. She joined the College of Education & Human Service at UIS in fall 2017. Since then, she has taught HMS 516 Ethics and Professional Development, HMS 521 Advanced Interviewing and Intervention, HMS 567 Family Dynamics and Interventions, HMS 550 Human Services Internship, and HMS 537 Treating Children from Diverse Populations.

Dr. Kang received her doctorate from the Department of Human Development
and Family Science with an emphasis in Family Science and a Clinical Psychology graduate minor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her MA in Marriage and Family
Therapy (now Biblical Counseling) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before she came to the U.S. from South Korea, she had been a high school teacher. Teaching adolescents helped her better understand the significance of family relationships for child wellbeing, which has motivated her research and teaching.

Dr. Kang’s research interests include family processes, parent-child relationships,
intergenerational relationships, parent-child communications, and coparenting
relationships in the context of post-divorce families. Her research has been published
in different journals such as Family Relations, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Family Issues.

Dr. Kang was the recipient of the Best New Professional Paper Award at the National Conference of National Council on Family Relations (Family Therapy Section) in 2017. The paper was entitled “Divorced Fathers’ Perceptions of Parental Disclosures about Divorce-related Topics to Children.”