Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Core Program Faculty
- Bryan S. K. Kim, Ph.D.
- B. Christopher Frueh, Ph.D.
- Steve Herman, Ph.D.
- Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Ph.D.
- Sunyoung Kim, Ph.D.
Bryan S. K. Kim, Ph.D., Professor and Director
Dr. Bryan S. K. Kim joined the department in 2006. He received the Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June of 2000. He also has a Master of Education in School Counseling (1995) and a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science Education (1992), both from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Dr. Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MHC196) in the State of Hawaiʻi. Prior to joining UH Hilo, Dr. Kim was a tenured Associate Professor at UC Santa Barbara and a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Kim has over 75 publications (including 9 psychological instruments) and 95 presentations in the areas of multicultural counseling process and outcome, measurement of cultural constructs, counselor education and supervision, and immigrant experiences. His current research examines the effects of culture-specific counseling interventions and client enculturation/acculturation (e.g., cultural values) on counseling process and outcome. Dr. Kim's interest in multicultural counseling psychology largely stems from his experiences growing up in Hawaiʻi as a 1.5-generation Asian American.
Dr. Kim currently is Editor of Asian American Journal of Psychology and Associate Editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. He also serves on editorial boards of several other journals. In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Kim received several research awards from American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and Asian American Psychological Association. Also, he is a “Fellow” of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Div 29; Society of Counseling Psychology, Div 17; Society of the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, Div 45), International Academy of Intercultural Research, and Asian American Psychological Association.
B. Christopher Frueh, Ph.D., Professor
Dr. B. Christopher Frueh joined the department in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1992.
Through his experience with the conduct of federally funded research (Principal Investigator on 15 federally-funded research grants; Co-I, Mentor, or Consultant on > 25 others) and contributions to the scientific literature (over 250 professional publications; h-index = 51), Dr. Frueh has extensive experience with clinical trial, health services, epidemiological, neuroscientific, and qualitative research relevant to the design of innovative treatments and mental health service improvements. His career aim is to improve mental healthcare services for people with mood and anxiety disorders.
Steve Herman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dr. Steve Herman joined the department in 2005. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University in 1998 and is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Hawaiʻi. He studies mental health professionals' judgments about the validity of allegations of child sexual abuse. He has presented numerous workshops on child sexual abuse evaluations to professionals (judges, attorneys, psychologists, child protection caseworkers, forensic interviewers, and law enforcement) in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Japan, Norway, and South Korea.
Dr. Herman teaches courses on counseling theories and skills, career counseling, group counseling, child maltreatment, psychopathology, and personality psychology. He also supervises our master's students' practicum and internship experiences.
He has authored and co-authored numerous professional publications. Copies of Dr. Herman's publications, and more information about Dr. Herman, can be found at steveherman.com.
Charmaine Higa-McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dr. Charmaine Higa-McMillan joined the department in 2009. She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2004. Dr. Higa-McMillan is licensed to practice as a psychologist in the State of Hawaiʻi. Her program of research is in the area of evidence-based practices for youth mental health. The first major goal of her research examines the nature of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents.
In 2013, Dr. Higa-McMillan and her colleagues were awarded a $2.66 Million multisite grant from the Department of Defense to study stress and psychosocial adjustment among children and spouses of deployed service members. The second major goal of Dr. Higa-McMillan's research program examines mental health services for children and adolescents in public mental health systems and the dissemination and implementation of treatment programs with demonstrated efficacy into community and school-based service settings, with a growing emphasis on meeting the needs of rural mental health systems.
Dr. Higa-McMillan is dedicated to mentoring student research - nearly half of her presentations and a third of her peer-reviewed publications have included students as first or co-authors.
Sunyoung Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dr. Sunyoung Kim joined the department in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 2004. She also has a Masters in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University in Korea. She received her B.S. from the Seoul National University in Korea. Previous to joining at UH Hilo, Dr. Kim was a social science research associate at Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she directed several treatment outcome studies on anxiety disorders funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Kim’s research projects at Stanford investigate efficacy of capnometer-feedback assisted breathing therapy for PTSD, panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. These projects measure psychological and physiological effects of the breathing therapy. Before she came to the U.S. to attend the graduate school in psychology, she taught women’s studies at several universities in Korea.
While in Korea, Dr. Kim worked at a research institute in which she carried out government funded research projects on sexual violence and crime. She co-founded the first rape crisis center in Korea (The Korean Sexual Violence Relief Center) with her colleagues, and volunteered at the center as a counselor. Dr. Kim’s bi-cultural and interdisciplinary background shaped her interests in improving lives of marginalized individuals and cultivating diversity. Dr. Kim’s research and clinical interests include treatment outcome of anxiety disorders including PTSD and panic disorder; cross-cultural approaches to trauma, resilience and mental health behaviors; women and minority issues in clinical psychology. She has received a number of fellowships and grants which include the international fellowship of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) that funded her research on child abuse in Korea. She is licensed to practice as a psychologist in the states of New York and California.
Errol Yudko, Ph.D., Associate Professor, email@example.com