About Dr. Kim

Research Interests: Intergenerational trauma, global mental health, stress physiology, developmental origins of health and disease, medical anthropology

Dr. Andrew Wooyoung Kim is a biological anthropologist and human biologist.

Dr. Kim holds a PhD in biological anthropology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Kim’s research integrates biological, epidemiological, and anthropological approaches to understand how social oppression becomes embodied and produces health inequities in historically marginalized communities. His current work traces the biosocial mechanisms underlining the intergenerational mental health effects of violence from apartheid in Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa. Through a collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of the Witwatersrand and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, he is also leading a study on the perceptions, experiences, and mental health impacts of COVID-19 in tertiary psychiatric hospitals in Johannesburg. His research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Education

2016-2020 Ph.D./M.A. Anthropology (Biological)

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA)

Graduate Certificate in Society, Biology, and Health

Committee: Christopher Kuzawa (Chair), Thomas McDade, Emma Adam, Shane Norris

2011 – 2015 B.S. Anthropology & Human Biology

Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA)

Minor in Global Development

Appointments

12/20 — Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chester Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

12/20 — Present Honorary Lecturer, South Africa Medical Research Council Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

07/19 – Present Research Fellow, The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

07/19 – Present  National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Fellow, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA

03/19 – 12/20  Graduate Fellow, Program in Global Health Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

08/18 – 12/20 Honorary Associate Researcher, South Africa Medical Research Council Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Grants & Funding

3/20 – current Global Health Catalyzer Research Fund, Institute for Global Health, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University ($25,000)

9/19 – current  Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research ($14,325)

http://www.wennergren.org/grantees/kim-andrew-wooyoung

9/19 – current Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, Biological Anthropology Program, National Science Foundation ($29,434)

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1849265

9/19 – current  HBNU Fogarty Global Training Program Fellowship, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health ($39,451)

9/19 – 12/19  Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Travel and Research Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation ($5,000)

6/18 – 8/18  Predoctoral Research Dissertation Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($3,000)

6/17 – 8/17  Graduate Student Enhancement Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($1,350)

Awards

2016-2020  Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (NSF-GRFP) ($34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance for three years)

2014-2020 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ($12,000)

2019 William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award, 88th Annual Meeting for the American Association of Biological Anthropologists, Cleveland, OH ($500)

2018 Oshinsky-McKern Award for Best Student Podium Presentation, 46th Annual Meeting for the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, London, ON ($370)

2017 Student Member Travel Award, Human Biology Association ($500)

2011 1st Place and Best in Category: Behavior and Social Sciences, 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Society for Science & the Public ($8,000)

2011 Dudley R. Herschbach Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar Award, 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Society for Science & the Public

2011 Psi Chi: International Honor Society in Psychology Research Award, 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Society for Science & the Public ($400)

2011 Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation ($10,000)

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