Johnny Kim

Johnny Kim


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

Professional Biography

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)

Professional Affiliations

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Other
  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)

Media Sources


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.

Key Projects

  • Reentry Demonstration Project - Safe Streets, Second Chances (S3C) Project
  • Oklahoma Partnership Initiative Phase Two - Solution - Focused Brief Therapy

Featured Publications

Kim, J. (Ed.). (2014). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: A Multicultural Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications.
Kim, J., Kelly, M., & Franklin, C. (2017). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in Schools: A 360-Degree View of the Research and Practice Principles. Oxford University Press.
Froerer, A., Von Cziffra-Bergs, J., Kim, J., & Connie, E. (Eds.). (2018). Solution-focused brief therapy with clients managing trauma. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Franklin, C., Kim, J., & Kelly, M. S. (2008). Solution-focused brief therapy interventions for students at risk to drop out. In A. Roberts & P. Allen-Meares (Eds.), Social Workers' Desk Reference (2nd ed.).. New York: Oxford University Press.
Franklin, C., Kim, J., Beretvas, T., Zhang, A., Guz, S., Park, S., et al. (2017). The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions delivered by teachers in schools: A systematic revie. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20, 333-350.


Kim, J., Akin, B., & Brook, J. (2019). Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to Improve Child Well-Being and Family Functioning Outcomes with Subs. Society for Social Work and Research. San Francisco, CA.
Franklin, C., Kim, J., Zhang, A., Maynard, B., & Chung, S. (2018). Evidence-based collaboration with teachers: Systematic review and meta-analysis of teacher-delivered. Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, DC: SSWR.
Kim, J. (2018). Solution-focused brief therapy: Helping families with child abuse and trauma related problems. Korean Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Conference Workshop. Seoul, Korea: Korean Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Association.
Kim, J., Brook, J., & Akin, B. (2017). Solution-focused brief therapy with substance using individuals: A randomized controlled trial study. Society for Social Work and Research Annual Meeting. New Orleans.
Kennedy, S., Kim, J., & Brown, S. M. (2015). Does parent-child interaction therapy reduce future physical abuse? A meta-analysis. Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA: Society for Social Work and Research.


  • 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