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B.K. Elizabeth Kim

Post-Doctoral Scholar

BO KYUNG ELIZABETH KIM is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Prevention Research in Social Welfare (CPRSW). Her research focuses on examining community-based prevention and intervention strategies that promote social, emotional and behavioral health across youth development. The goal of her program of research and teaching is to build and translate evidence that has direct implications for strengths-based social work practice with youth as an alternative way to address youth delinquency and violence. 

Prior to joining CPRSW, Dr. Kim worked with the Social Development Research Group and conducted longitudinal analyses examining the development of youth protective factors and the extent to which a community prevention strategy can enhance protection as a mechanism to prevent delinquency and violence among community youth. In addition, she collaborated with a broad range of community stakeholders, including county juvenile court, city council and state juvenile administration, to inform evidence-based community practice at various government levels. 

Dr. Kim is currently working with Dr. Valerie Shapiro to examine the effects of the district-wide implementation of school-based prevention curricula on the growth of protective factors among racially and ethnically diverse students. 


  • Community-Based, School-Based Prevention
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Youth Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health 

Expanded Publications

Kim, B. K. E., Oesterle, S., Catalano, R. F., & Hawkins, J. D. (in press). Change in protective factors across adolescent development. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (Special Issue:Optimizing child and youth development through comprehensive community initiatives).

Kim, B. K. E., Gloppen, K. M., Rhew, I. C., Oesterle, S., & Hawkins, J. D. (2014). Promoting protection community-wide: Effects of the Communities That Care Prevention System. Prevention Science, Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-014-0524-9

Gilman, A. B., Hill, K. G., Kim, B. K. E., Nevell, A., Hawkins, J. D., & Farrington, D. P. (2014). Understanding the relationship between self-reported offending and official criminal charges across early adulthood. Criminal Behavior and Mental Health, 24(4), 229-240

Kim, B. K. E., Gilman, A. B., & Hawkins, J. D. (2015). School- and community-based preventive interventions during adolescence: Preventing delinquency through science-guided collective action. In J. Morizot & L. Kazemian (Eds.), The development of criminal and antisocial behavior: Theoretical foundations and practical applications (pp. 447-460). Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration (2013). Be Part of the Change: Helping Youth Turn Their Lives Around. Olympia, WA.