Johnathan Kim is the Assistant Professor of Psychology and Applied Therapies.
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Applied Therapies
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Social Psychology, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, romantic relationships, attachment theory, dyadic analysis of relationships processes, evolutionary psychology
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Psychology and Applied Therapies
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Lifespan Development, Elements of Statistics in Psychology, Psychology Capston
Education: Ph.D in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Kim, J. S., Weisberg, Y. J., Orina, M. M., Simpson, J. A., Farrell, A. K., & Johnson, W. F. (2015). Ruining it for both of us: The disruptive role of low-trust partners on conflict resolution in romantic relationships. Social Cognition, 33, 520-542.Simpson, J. A., Kim, J. S., Fillo, J., Ickes, W., Rholes, W. S., Orina, M. M., & Winterheld, H. A. (2011). Attachment and the management of empathic accuracy in relationship threatening situations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 242-254.Kim, J. S. & Simpson, J. A. (2014, Feb). Neurotic people buffer neurotic partners and disagreeable people buffer disagreeable partners in romantic relationships. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.Kim, J. S. & Simpson, J. A. (2013, Jan). Associations between romantic outcomes and similarity of partners on moral attitudes are different for liberals and conservatives. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
Fun Facts: Despite hailing from NYC, I dislike the New England Patriots and the New York Yankees equally. I have visited myriad random cities within the United States, but have yet to travel out of the country. My favorite movie is supposedly "Magnolia" and yet I have watched "Bridget Jones's Diary" approximately 25 times. I am one of the few people in the world who will defend the band Creed.
My teaching is motivated primarily by three goals: 1) empiricism, 2) enthusiasm, and 3) applicability.I believe that psychology has a lot of untapped potential for addressing the societal problems of the day, and I therefore emphasize that the evolution of psychology depends on collecting evidence rather than waxing poetic. I believe that the study of psychology is inherently fascinating, and I try to maintain a high energy level (even when exhausted) with the hope that students will reciprocate that energy. Finally, I believe that the study of psychology is invaluable to fully appreciating the human being that you are today, and I encourage students to apply psychological principles to their own lives for a more nuanced understanding of human nature in general, and themselves specifically.I am looking forward to my stay at Lesley University, and being able to work in an institution that shares my values regarding higher education.
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