Justin Kim, Faculty, Department of Sociology, UH Mānoa

Justin Kim

Assistant Professor
Office: Sakamaki C411
Telephone: 1 (808) 956-3644
Email: kimjust@hawaii.edu
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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the director of the Human Affective Neuroscience (HumAN) lab. I received my B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Seoul National University, and Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College. I then completed my postdoctoral training at Duke University in the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics. Prior to arriving at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, I also worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Korea Military Academy.


  • Postdoc Associate, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, 2016-2018
  • PhD, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2016
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Seoul National University, 2006
  • BA, Psychology, summa cum laude, Seoul National University, 2004


  • PSY 100: Survey of Psychology
  • PSY 324: Psychology of Emotion
  • PSY 439: Psychobiology: Advanced Topics


My research combines experimental psychology, functional neuroimaging methods, and computational tools to examine how different aspects of emotional information are encoded, manipulated, and integrated in the brain. I also investigate individual differences in such processes on both behavioral and neural levels, and their implications for mental health, such as mood and anxiety disorders. Some examples of the research questions I seek to answer: (1) How do we decode emotional ambiguity from facial expressions?; (2) How do we integrate affective information from multiple sources in the brain?; (3) How do we understand the individual differences in the tendency to rely on contextual information versus facial features? (4) How does anxiety map onto the corticolimbic circuitry of the brain?