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Kyungmin Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Kyungmin Kim



Kyungmin Kim earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012.  She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Research Center.  At the PRC, she is working with Dr. Karen L. Fingerman to examine multiple family members’ perspectives on support exchanges across generations (Family Exchanges Study II).  Her current research is based on a study “Generational Family Patterns and Well-Being (R03 AG048879, PI: Kyungmin Kim)” funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Her research interest falls under two themes: (a) the social support exchanged between older parents and their adult children in normal and everyday relationships and (b) family caregiving issues in aging families.  She is particularly interested in how parent-child dyads, as nested within a complex family system optimize the satisfaction of both personal and collective family needs through support exchanges, including both routine and intensive exchanges.  She is also interested in dynamic aspects of intergenerational relations across levels of analysis, including various group levels (e.g., dyad, family, and culture/society) and time levels (e.g., daily and short/long term interval). 

She will be joining the faculty of The University of Massachusetts Boston in the fall of 2015 as an assistant professor in the Department of Gerontology (


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