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Dr. Jichan J. Kim

Associate Professor of Psychology

(434) 582-8722
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  • M.S. & Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • M.Div. & M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A., City College of New York


Courses Taught

  • PSYC 521: Psychology & Christianity Integration
  • PSYC 420: Psychology & Christianity
  • PSYC 354: Statistics for Social Sciences
  • PSYC 495: Daniels Research
  • PSYC 499: Internship (Korea Trip)


Dr. Kim teaches research methods and statistics as well as psychology and Christianity integration courses. Dr. Kim’s areas of research interest include self- divine, and interpersonal forgiveness as well as other positive psychology constructs related to the promotion of human happiness and well-being.

Dr. Kim is married with three children and his two favorite activities are reading and walking. Dr. Kim’s mission as a professor is to help students go where they must go in life by equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and virtues to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life in Christ.

Representative Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

* indicates student collaborators

Kim, J. J., *Connelly, C. A., *Cox, A. M., *Harris, A. Y., *Owens, A. E., *Painter, K. J., Hodge, A. J., Wang Xu, J. & Volk, F (2023). Religious intellectual humility, empathy, and forgiveness of a religious hurt among Christian college students. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 42, 237–250.

Kim, J. J., Mullen, L. M., Akers, S. W., Joseph, R. A., *Bishop, L., *Belle, B. R., Chambers, A. C., Harvey, J. R., & Houghton, A. (2022). The efficacy of a forgiveness bibliotherapy: A randomized controlled trial with nursing students. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 40, 336–350. https://doi.org/10.1177/08980101211072288

Kim, J. J., *Stanley, E., Tracy, E. L. (2022). Indirect effects of forgiveness on psychological health via anger and hope: A parallel mediation analysis. Journal of Religion and Health, 61, 3729–3746. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-022-01518-4

Kim, J. J., Volk, F., & Enright, R. D. (2022). The validation of the Enright Self-Forgiveness Inventory. Current Psychology, 41, 7604–7617. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-01248-4

Kim, J. J., *Kaplan, H. M., *Oliver, M. J., & *Miller, W. S. (2021). Comparing compassionate love for humanity and empathy as predictors of transgression-general and transgression-specific forgiveness. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 49, 112–125.https://doi.org/10.1177/0091647120926482

Book Chapters

Kim J. J., Freedman, S., & Enright, R. D. (2023). Forgiveness education and the well-being and flourishing of children and adolescents. In G. A. D. Liem & D. M. McInerney (Eds.), Flourishing in contexts: Sociocultural perspectives on well-being and its promotion in young people (pp.81-104). Information Age Publishing.

Kim, J. J. (2023). Forgiveness and religion/spirituality: What science has discovered about the relationship between the two. In R. D. Enright & G. Pettigrove (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Forgiveness in Philosophy and Psychology (pp.533-545). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003360278

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