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Sohye Kim PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentNeuroNexus Institute

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentObstetrics and Gynecology

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMD/PhD Program

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentTranslational Science

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    Yonsei University, Seoul, , Korea, Republic ofBAPsychology
    Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA, United StatesMAClinical Psychology
    Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA, United StatesPHDClinical Psychology

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    Academic Positions

    10/2019 -  Present       Assistant Professor
                                        University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
                                        Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
                                        Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology
                                        Worcester, MA

                                        Contributing Faculty, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: 
                                        Neuroscience Program, MD/PhD Program, Translational Science Program, 
                                        Clinical and Population Health Research, and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program        

    4/2015 -  6/2019          Assistant Professor
                                        Baylor College of Medicine
                                        Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics
                                        Houston, TX

                                        Attending Clinical Psychologist, Texas Children's Hospital, Pavilion for Women
                                        Center for Reproductive Psychiatry, Houston, TX

    9/2014 -  3/2015          Research Associate (in transition)
                                        Baylor College of Medicine
                                        Department of Pediatrics, Houston, TX

    Education and Training

    9/2011 - 9/2014           Postdoctoral Fellowship
                                        Baylor College of Medicine
                                        Department of Pediatrics and Menninger Department of Psychiatry
                                        Houston, TX

    7/2010 - 6/2011           Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship
                                        The Menninger Clinic
                                        Baylor College of Medicine
                                        Menninger Department of Psychiatry
                                        Houston, TX

    8/2007 - 8/2011           Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
                                        Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA

    8/2005 - 8/2007           M.A., Clinical Psychology
                                        Rosemead School of Psychology, La Mirada, CA

    3/2000 - 2/2004           B.A., Psychology
                                        Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea       


    3/2020 - Present         Licensed Psychologist, State of Massachusetts

    6/2019 - Present         National Register Health Service Psychologist

    9/2014 - Present         Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas


    I am a clinical psychologist and developmental scientist committed to advancing the science of the developing human social brain. My work seeks to: (1) discover early neural markers in the infant’s social brain that predict long-term developmental outcomes, (2) identify potentially modifiable early-life factors that influence the trajectory of the developing social brain, and (3) translate these discoveries into innovative strategies for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment in high-risk children and families for enduring impact.

    My training as a clinical psychologist has spanned the fields of psychiatry, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, resulting in a uniquely integrated perspective on the interplay of genes and environment in early neurodevelopment. My work has focused on parents and infants during the first year of life, as I recognized this earliest period as a critical time during which identification of at-risk individuals and intervention to mitigate risks can be highly effective, with far-reaching implications.

    My current KL2 award (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH) uses two innovative neuroimaging techniques to establish first-in-human neural markers that can detect early differences and deficits in the infant’s developing social brain. This will serve as the basis for an innovative line of research dedicated to advancing our fundamental knowledge of the developing human social brain and discovering new diagnostics and therapeutics targeting the crucial earliest years.

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    1. Frazier JA, Cochran D, Kim S, Jalnapurkar I, Joseph RM, Hooper SR, Santos HP, Ru H, Venuti L, Singh R, Washburn LK, Gogcu S, Msall ME, Kuban KCK, Rollins JV, Hanson SG, Jara H, Pastyrnak SL, Roell KR, Fry RC, O'Shea TM. Psychiatric Outcomes, Functioning, and Participation in Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns at Age 15 Years. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2022 Jul; 61(7):892-904.e2. PMID: 34973366.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Kim, S., Matin, A., & Idicula, S. Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: An Introduction for Clinical Learners. Attachment. 2021.
    3. Iyengar U, Jaiprakash B, Haitsuka H, Kim S. One Year Into the Pandemic: A Systematic Review of Perinatal Mental Health Outcomes During COVID-19. Front Psychiatry. 2021; 12:674194. PMID: 34248710.
    4. Rutherford, H. J. V., Kim, S., Yip, S., Potenza, M. N., Mayes, L. C., & Strathearn, L. Parenting and addictions: Current insights from human neuroscience. Curr Addict Rep. 2021; 8(3):380-388.
    5. Rutherford HJV, Yip SW, Worhunsky PD, Kim S, Strathearn L, Potenza MN, Mayes LC. Differential responses to infant faces in relation to maternal substance use: An exploratory study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020 02 01; 207:107805. PMID: 31874448.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Strathearn L, Mertens CE, Mayes L, Rutherford H, Rajhans P, Xu G, Potenza MN, Kim S. Pathways Relating the Neurobiology of Attachment to Drug Addiction. Front Psychiatry. 2019; 10:737. PMID: 31780957.
    7. Nguyen AJ, Hoyer E, Rajhans P, Strathearn L, Kim S. A tumultuous transition to motherhood: Altered brain and hormonal responses in mothers with postpartum depression. J Neuroendocrinol. 2019 09; 31(9):e12794. PMID: 31520440.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Rutherford HJV, Xu J, Worhunsky PD, Zhang R, Yip SW, Morie KP, Calhoun VD, Kim S, Strathearn L, Mayes LC, Potenza MN. Gradient theories of brain activation: A novel application to studying the parental brain. Curr Behav Neurosci Rep. 2019 Sep; 6(3):119-125. PMID: 32154064.
    9. Rajhans P, Goin-Kochel RP, Strathearn L, Kim S. It takes two! Exploring sex differences in parenting neurobiology and behaviour. J Neuroendocrinol. 2019 09; 31(9):e12721. PMID: 31034670.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    10. Iyengar U, Rajhans P, Fonagy P, Strathearn L, Kim S. Unresolved Trauma and Reorganization in Mothers: Attachment and Neuroscience Perspectives. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:110. PMID: 30761051.
    11. Gandy K, Kim S, Sharp C, Dindo L, Maletic-Savatic M, Calarge C. Pattern Separation: A Potential Marker of Impaired Hippocampal Adult Neurogenesis in Major Depressive Disorder. Front Neurosci. 2017; 11:571. PMID: 29123464.
    12. Kim S, Iyengar U, Mayes LC, Potenza MN, Rutherford HJV, Strathearn L. Mothers with substance addictions show reduced reward responses when viewing their own infant's face. Hum Brain Mapp. 2017 11; 38(11):5421-5439. PMID: 28746733.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Strathearn L, Kim S, Bastian DA, Jung J, Iyengar U, Martinez S, Goin-Kochel RP, Fonagy P. Visual systemizing preference in children with autism: A randomized controlled trial of intranasal oxytocin. Dev Psychopathol. 2018 05; 30(2):511-521. PMID: 28712371.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Kim, S., & Strathearn, L. Trauma, mothering, and intergenerational transmission: A synthesis of behavioral and oxytocin research. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. 2017; 70(1):200-223.
    15. Kim S, Strathearn L. Oxytocin and Maternal Brain Plasticity. New Dir Child Adolesc Dev. 2016 Sep; 2016(153):59-72. PMID: 27589498.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    16. Kim S, Kwok S, Mayes LC, Potenza MN, Rutherford HJV, Strathearn L. Early adverse experience and substance addiction: dopamine, oxytocin, and glucocorticoid pathways. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 04; 1394(1):74-91. PMID: 27508337.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    17. Kim S. The mind in the making: Developmental and neurobiological origins of mentalizing. Personal Disord. 2015 Oct; 6(4):356-65. PMID: 26436579.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Sharp C, Kim S. Recent advances in the developmental aspects of borderline personality disorder. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Apr; 17(4):556. PMID: 25749744.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    19. Iyengar U, Kim S, Martinez S, Fonagy P, Strathearn L. Unresolved trauma in mothers: intergenerational effects and the role of reorganization. Front Psychol. 2014; 5:966. PMID: 25225490.
    20. Kim S, Fonagy P, Allen J, Martinez S, Iyengar U, Strathearn L. Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum. Infant Behav Dev. 2014 Nov; 37(4):491-504. PMID: 25020112.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Sharp C, Kim S, Herman L, Pane H, Reuter T, Strathearn L. Major depression in mothers predicts reduced ventral striatum activation in adolescent female offspring with and without depression. J Abnorm Psychol. 2014 May; 123(2):298-309. PMID: 24886004.
      Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Kim S, Fonagy P, Allen J, Strathearn L. Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress. Soc Neurosci. 2014; 9(4):352-63. PMID: 24635646.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Kim S, Sharp C, Carbone C. The protective role of attachment security for adolescent borderline personality disorder features via enhanced positive emotion regulation strategies. Personal Disord. 2014 Apr; 5(2):125-36. PMID: 24364499.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Kim S, Soeken TA, Cromer SJ, Martinez SR, Hardy LR, Strathearn L. Oxytocin and postpartum depression: delivering on what's known and what's not. Brain Res. 2014 Sep 11; 1580:219-32. PMID: 24239932.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    25. Kim S, Fonagy P, Koos O, Dorsett K, Strathearn L. Maternal oxytocin response predicts mother-to-infant gaze. Brain Res. 2014 Sep 11; 1580:133-42. PMID: 24184574.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Strathearn L, Kim S. Mothers' amygdala response to positive or negative infant affect is modulated by personal relevance. Front Neurosci. 2013; 7:176. PMID: 24115918.
    27. Sharp C, Ha C, Carbone C, Kim S, Perry K, Williams L, Fonagy P. Hypermentalizing in adolescent inpatients: treatment effects and association with borderline traits. J Pers Disord. 2013 Feb; 27(1):3-18. PMID: 23342954.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Williams, J., Hill, P., Kim, S., & Campbell, C. Raising the interest of clinical doctoral students in basic research: Three challenges. J Psychology Christ. 2012; 31(4):320-325.
    29. Strathearn L, Iyengar U, Fonagy P, Kim S. Maternal oxytocin response during mother-infant interaction: associations with adult temperament. Horm Behav. 2012 Mar; 61(3):429-35. PMID: 22306668.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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