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UND faculty member receives outstanding dissertation award

A social work faculty member at the University of North Dakota has received an outstanding dissertation award.

June-Yung Kim

June-Yung Kim, assistant professor of social work, was recognized by the Korean American Social Work Educators Association, a national organization dedicated to the advancement of social work education, practice and research.

Her dissertation, “Variations in the Co-occurrence of Mental Health Problems in Adolescents with Prenatal Drug Exposure,”  was funded by the Richard A. Zdanis Research Fellowship Award, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

“I am honored to have received this award,” Kim said. “My research, in partnership with practitioners and policymakers

in the Greater Grand Forks community, seeks to help at-risk children with adverse childhood experiences and their families to become resilient members of the community.”

Kim focuses on the developmental effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and family violence. She has participated in federally funded studies as a data manager and statistician, including a 21-year longitudinal birth-cohort study investigating the neurobehavioral developmental outcomes of prenatal cocaine exposure, and another longitudinal study examining the roles of sibling structural factors in determining the developmental trajectories of behavioral health among young children exposed to family violence.

Kim teaches research methods in social work at UND, and earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at Case Western Reserve University, one of the top social work programs in the nation.