What I do
I conduct research on various clinical interventions to improve mental health outcomes for adolescents and families in community and school settings. I teach clinical courses in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Clinical Theory and Practice.
clinical social work, evidence-based practice/implementation science, intervention research, mental and behavioral health, school social work
Johnny S. Kim, PhD, LCSW, is a professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. Kim received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and was a Council on Social Work Education Minority Clinical Fellow. His teaching areas include clinical social work theory and practice, solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and school social work.
Kim's research focuses on evaluating solution-focused brief therapy, school-based interventions, meta-analysis and evidence-based practice. He has authored over 50 academic publications including four books.
Kim is the chair of the Research Committee for the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association and serves on the editorial board for several journals. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a school social worker and case manager for community-based mental health agencies in Seattle.
- Ph.D., Social Work, University of Texas at Austin , 2006
- MSW, Boston College, 1997
- BS, Fairfield University, 1993
Licensure / Accreditations
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
My research focuses on implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy with families involved in child welfare and criminal justice systems as well as adolescents in school settings.
- Reentry Demonstration Project - Safe Streets, Second Chances (S3C) Project
- Oklahoma Partnership Initiative Phase Two - Solution - Focused Brief Therapy
- Research Recognition Award, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association
- Outstanding KU Social Work Faculty Award
- Minority Fellowship Program, Council on Social Work Education
- Doctoral Dissertation Award- Nineteenth National Symposium on Doctoral Research, The Ohio State University