Dr. Kyung Mee Kim was an International Visiting Scholar at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living for the Spring and Fall 2011 semesters.
Kim is an associate professor in the department of Social Welfare at Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea, where she teaches disability studies. She has been involved in the rehabilitation and independent living field for over 20 years and has had numerous opportunities to work with consumers with disabilities in identifying, developing and shaping on-going disability research.
While in Kansas, she researched supported living for people with developmental disabilities and developed suggestions for alternatives to current Korean disability policy. She gathered information in part through visits to both urban and rural residential models in the Lawrence area.
For the past several years she has conducted research in the area of emerging disability, Home and Community-Based Services, health promotion for people with disabilities, independent living, personal assistant services (PAS) for people with disabilities, women with disabilities, disability discrimination law in Korea, and disabled immigrant workers in Korea.
More recently, Dr. Kim has conducted research on a developing participation scale, an environmental support scale based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF); the evaluation of PAS vouchers; and ways to address social exclusion.
Dr. Kim received her Ph.D. from KU’s School of Social Welfare in 2003 and was a post-doctoral researcher at the RTC/IL from 2003 to 2004.