UMass Boston

Kyungmin Kim

Gerontology Institute
Wheatley Hall, Floor 03

Areas of Expertise

Intergenerational relations in later years, support exchanges between generations, family caregiving


PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
MA, Child Development and Family Studies, Seoul National University
BHE, Child Development and Family Studies
BA, Social Welfare, Seoul National University

Additional Information

Professor Kyungmin Kim received her BA and MA in child development and family studies from the Seoul National University and her PhD in human development and family studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Her dissertation examined multiple family members’ perspectives on support exchanges across generations. Before joining the Gerontology Department, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Population Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin.

Her research falls under two themes: (a) the social support exchanged between older parents and their adult children in normal and everyday relationships and (b) family caregiving issues in aging families. She is particularly interested in how parent-child dyads, as nested within a complex family system optimize the satisfaction of both personal and collective family needs through support exchanges, including both routine and intensive exchanges. She is also interested in dynamic aspects of intergenerational relations across levels of analysis, including various group levels (e.g., dyad, family, and culture/society) and time levels (e.g., daily and short/long term interval).

She is currently working on a R03 project “Generational Family Patterns and Well-Being (R03AG048879, PI: Kyungmin Kim)” funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which examines family typologies using multiple dimensions of parent-child ties, change/stability of family typologies over time, and the associations between family typologies and well-being.  

Curriculum Vitae