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Hyeyoung Kang

Hyeyoung Kang, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: University Downtown Center, Room 425
Office Phone: 607-777-9212
Fax: 607-777-2406


Hyeyoung Kang joined the College of Community and Public Affairs in fall 2011 after receiving her PhD in human and community development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also has experience as a family and marital therapist and a mental health specialist. 

Kang's research interests center on youth development in diverse family contexts, as well as risk and resilience in these youth. In particular, her research focuses on immigrant youth and families and on after-school programs as a context of positive youth development.

Kang currently serves as an editorial assistant for the journal, New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development.

Educational background

  • PhD, human and community development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, marital and family therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BS, sociology and psychology services, University of San Francisco


Courses regularly taught

  • HDEV 300, Social Science Research Methods
  • HDEV 305, Child Development
  • HDEV 306, Adolescent Development
  • HDEV 361, Global Migration, Flows and Processes

Current research interests

  • Youth development in culturally diverse contexts
  • Youth development in trans-national contexts 
  • Positive youth development
  • Adolescent-parent relationships
  • Immigrant youth and families
  • Risk and resilience in youth

Selected publications


  • Kang, H. (in press). The role of immigrant churches in ethnic socialization of Korean American youth. Child Studies in Asia-Pacific Contexts.
  • Kang, H., & Shih, K. (in press). “Actions speak louder than words”: Korean American emerging adults’ perceptions and meaning-making of their parents’ instrumental aspects of parenting.” Journal of Family Issues.
  • Kang, H., & Raffaelli, M. (2016). Personalizing immigrant sacrifices: Internalization of sense of indebtedness toward parents among Korean American young adults. Journal of Family Issues, 37(10), 1331-1354.
  • Kang, H., & Larson, R(2014). Sense of indebtedness toward parents: Korean American young adults’ narratives of parental sacrifice. Journal of Adolescent Research,29 (4), 561-581.
  • Kang, H., & Lazarevic, V. (2013). Exploring adolescent-parent relationships in Asian American immigrant families: An Ecological Perspective. Child Studies in Diverse Contexts, 3(2), 105-122.
  • Larson, R. W., Kang, H., Perry, S. C., & Walker, K. C. (2011). Understanding the development in youth development programs: Looking to the future. Journal of Youth Development, 6, 155-167.
  • Kang, H., Okazaki, S., & Abelmann, N., Kim-Prieto, C., & Lan, S. (2010). Redeeming immigrant parents: How Korean American young adults narrate their childhood. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25(3), 441-464.
  •  Shih, K. Y., & Kang, H. (2016). Asian American families. In Shehan, C. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Family Studies. NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. 
  • Rusk, N., Larson, R., Raffaelli, M., Walker, K., Washington, L., Gutierrez, V., Kang, H., Tran, S., & Perry, C. (2013). Positive youth development in organized programs: How teens learn to manage emotions. In C. Proctor & P.A. Linley (Eds.) Research, applications, and interventions for children and adolescents: A Positive Psychology Perspective. (pp. 247- 261). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Larson, R. W., Jensen, L., Kang, H., Griffith, A., & Rompala, V. (2012). Peer groups as a crucible of positive value development in a global world. In G. Trommsdorff & X. Chen (Eds.) Values, religion, and culture in adolescent development. (pp. 164-187). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Raffaelli, M., Kang, H., & Guarini, T. (2012) Exploring the immigrant paradox in adolescent sexuality: An Ecological Perspective. In C. Garcia Coll & A. Marks (Eds.) The immigrant paradox in children and adolescents: Is becoming an American a developmental risk? (pp. 109-134). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Last Updated: 9/15/17