Dr. Mikyong Kim-Goh, Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Mikyong Kim-Goh

Professor and Department Chair


BA, Psychology, Pomona College
MSW and PhD in Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Mikyong Kim-Goh is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at California State University, Fullerton.  Dr. Kim-Goh earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her research areas include mental health disparities in ethnic minority communities, cultural competency in social work practice, interpersonal violence, international social work, and immigrant and refugee issues, and her papers have been published in prestigious journals such as the   American Journal of Orthopsychiatry   and the   Community Mental Health   Journal.  Dr. Kim-Goh has taught a wide range of courses including Social Work Practice in Diverse Communities, Research Methods, Advanced Mental Health Practice, and International Social Work.  A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), Dr. Kim-Goh has been actively involved in the communities through her clinical and research partnerships with community-based agencies and by serving on the Orange County Mental Health Board.  She was a recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Health and Human Development at Cal State Fullerton.  In 2009, Dr. Kim-Goh spent 4 months in Korea as a Korea Foundation Field Research Fellow conducting research on the mental health of multiethnic families.  From 2011-2012, Dr. Kim-Goh served as Acting Associate Vice President for International Programs at CSUF.   


Courses Taught:

MSW 514: Advanced Community Mental Health Practice

MSW 530: Applied Social Work Research Methods

MSW 550: Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations

MSW 575: International Social Work


Research Interests

  • Mental health disparities in ethnic minority communities
  • Cultural competency in social work practice
  • Interpersonal violence
  • International social work
  • Immigrant and refugee issues


Grant-Funded Projects:

Lee, K. & Kim-Goh, M. (2017-2022).  “A Culturally Competent Model for Integrated Care.”  California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Phase 2 Asian Pacific Islander Implementation Pilot project. Co-Evaluators. (PI: KCS Health Center).  Funded by the California Department of Public Health. $200,000.

Kwon, M. J. & Kim-Goh, M. (2018-2019).  “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Telework Policy in Social Services Agencies.”  Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA), CSUF.  $15,000.

Quaye, B., Kim-Goh, M., Lee, K., & Metoyer, C. (2016-2019). “Orange County Community Health SBIRT Program.”  Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Beverly Quaye).  Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  1H79TI026438-0. $769,556.

Choi, H., Yoon, M.S., & Kim-Goh, M. (2012-2014). The Development of Cultural Competency

Model to Promote Mental Health among Multicultural Families: Building Partnerships with Asian Mental Health Professionals. National Research Foundation of Korea. $162,500