Johnny Kim

Johnny Kim

Associate Professor

What I do

As a teacher, my goal is to enhance student learning as a transformative experience that goes beyond the classroom and textbooks. I want students to feel personally changed by their participation in my course, which in turn changes their approach to work. I encourage students to challenge existing boundaries by teaching them to question how they have come to know what they believe to be true about social work practice and their clients.



clinical social work, evidence-based practice/implementation science, intervention research, mental and behavioral health, school of social work

Professional Biography

Johnny S. Kim, PhD, LICSW, is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work. Kim received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 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 published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and 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.


  • MSW, Boston College
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Licensure / Accreditations

  • LCSW