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Dr. Andrew (Hyounsoo) Kim

Assistant Professor
DepartmentPsychology
EducationPhD, University of Calgary
Areas of ExpertiseBehavioural addictions; substance use disorders; concurrent disorders

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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. I completed my PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary and a CPA accredited psychology residency at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in the Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program. I am also the Chair of CPA’s Addiction Psychology (https://cpa.ca/sections/addictionpsychology/, external link).

My clinical interests are in providing evidence-based care for people with co-occurring addictions and mental health difficulties. Relatedly, my research interest lies in developing an integrated treatment for substance and behavioural addictions and their mental health comorbidities. I have received awards and fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship; declined, Canada Graduate Scholarship), Killam Trusts, American Psychological Association’s Society of Addiction Psychology and the Canadian Psychological Association.

I direct the Addictions and Mental Health (ADMH) Laboratory. The focus of the ADMH Lab is to identify shared (and unique) psychological risk factors associated with substance (e.g., alcohol, cannabis) and behavioural (gambling, gaming, shopping) addictions and their mental health comorbidities (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders). The risk factors we have examined to date include emotion dysregulation, impulsivity, coping skills, childhood trauma, and others. The overall aim of our research is to develop an integrated treatment that simultaneously improves substance use and behavioural addictions and their mental health comorbidities. This research is conducted using surveys and in-depth interviews with people in the community and those seeking treatment for addictions and mental health difficulties. Our work is done in collaboration with researchers both nationally (e.g., Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre) and internationally (e.g., Australia, Brazil). 

The ADMH Lab is looking for keen and passionate individuals who are interested in contributing to the research and understanding of addictions and their mental health comorbidities. We especially encourage individuals who are from under-represented groups to apply. If you are interested in joining our team and potential opportunities, please send me an email at andrewhs.kim@ryerson.ca.

Representative Publications:

Corace, K., Ares, I., Overington, L., & Kim, H. S. (in press). Substance use and mental health disorders: Psychologists’ role in bridging the gap. Canadian Psychology.

Kim, H. S., Sears, C., Hodgins, D. C., Ritchie, E., Kowatch, K., & McGrath, D. (in press). Gambling-related psychological predictors and moderators of attentional bias among electronic gaming machine players. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000716, external link

Oliveria, E., Kim, H. S., Lacroix, E., Vasques, M.F., Durante, C. R., Pereira, D., Cabral, J. R., Bernstein, P. S., Garcia, X., Ritchie, E. V., & Tavares, H. (2020). The clinical utility of food addiction: Characteristics and psychosocial impairments in a treatment seeking sample. Nutrients, 12(11), 3388. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12113388, external link

Kim, H. S., Hodgins, D. C., Kim, B., & Wild, C. T. (2020). Transdiagnostic or disorder specific? Indicators of substance and behavioral addictions nominated by people with lived experiences. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(2), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9020334, external link  

Liese, B. S., Kim, H. S., & Hodgins, D. C. (2020). Insecure attachment and addiction: Testing the mediating role of emotion dysregulation in four potentially addictive behaviors. Addictive Behaviors, 107, 106432. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106432, external link

Tang, K, Kim, H. S., Hodgins, D. C., McGrath D. S., & Tavares, H. (2020). Gambling disorder and comorbd behavioral addictions: Demographic, clinical, and personality correlates. Psychiatry Research, 284, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.112763, external link  

Kim, H. S. & Hodgins, D. C. (2018). Component model of addiction treatment: A pragmatic treatment model of behavioral and substance addictions. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 406. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00406, external link

Kim, H. S., von Ranson, K., Hodgins, D.C., McGrath, D., & Tavares, H. (2018). Demographic, psychiatric and personality correlates of adults seeking treatment for disordered gambling with a co-morbid binge/purge type eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 26(5), 508-518. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2606, external link