||School of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Kimberly R. King
Office: KHC 3061
I am a clinical psychologist who joined the CSULA Psychology Faculty in 1998. My area of specialization is community psychology, with an emphasis on the effects of ethnic, gender, and class oppression on mental health. My goal through teaching and mentoring students is to foster their development as scientists and their commitment to applying scientific knowledge to address problems in their communities and the society at large.
I try to integrate research, mentoring, critical thinking and social responsibility into all the courses I teach. I am particularly interested in the integration of sociocultural issues into the general curriculum as well as creating new courses that focus on the psychology of people of color. I will be teaching courses in clinical and abnormal psychology, introductory psychology, the psychology of prejudice, and other special topics in psychology related to ethnicity, class, and gender.
I have developed a primary program of research on the psychological experience of discrimination among members of oppressed groups. I am interested in the individual and environmental differences that influence how people perceive, respond to, and cope with discrimination. I have been especially interested in understanding the experience of women of color, who have membership in multiple low status groups. My research has found that ethnic identity and womanist identity (the integration of ethnic and feminist consciousness) are important variables in understanding the way women of color experience discrimination. I am also interested in developing and evaluating intervention programs for low-income children and families, particularly those in the foster care and child welfare systems.
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