Mi-Sook Kim

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Mi-Sook Kim is a professor of the Department of Kinesiology and currently serves as the Interim Dean in the Division of Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University, CA. She completed her graduate work in Kinesiology specialized in sport and exercise psychology receiving her master’s degree from Chung-Ang University, South Korea and her doctoral degree from Purdue University, Indiana. Mi-Sook's research lies in the effect of positive environments and leadership on participants’ cognitive, affective, and behavioral outcomes in the field of human movement including rehabilitation, sports, and physical activity. She is actively involved in research through the Active Living Across Lifespan (ALAL) based at San Francisco State University and the Achievement Motivation Research Group. Her recent publications are listed below. Mi-Sook has served or chaired multiple international and national professional organization committees including Association for Applied Sport Psychology and American Kinesiology Association, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for several major national and international journals. At SF State, she served on the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee (BRC) and SF State’s new General Education Course Recertification Committee (2011-2013).  As Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, she is closely involved in major curriculum related committees to review and approved program assessments, curriculum redesign, and new/revised course proposals. She is an avid ambassador of “10,000 steps” a day to promote active and healthy living.


Awards and Honors

  • 2016: American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Distinguished Leadership Award
  • 2013-2014: Diversity Task Force , American Kinesiology Association
  • 2013-2016: MERLOT Kinesiology online course material resource Taskforce, American Kinesiology Association
  • 2010 – 2015: AASP Annual Conference Abstracts Reviewer
  • 2009 – 2015:  AASP Social Psychology Division Committee member


Recent Publications

  • Boyd, M.P. Kim, M.S., Ensari, N., & Yin, Z. (2014). Perceived motivational team climate in relation to task and social cohesion among male college athletes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44, 115-123.
  • Zieff. S.G., Kim M.S., Wilson, J., & Tierney, P. A. (2013).  “Ciclovia” in San Francisco: Characteristics and Physical Activity Behavior of Sunday Streets Participants. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
  • Zieff, S.G., Hipp, A., Eyler A., & Kim, M.S. (2013). Ciclovia initiatives: Engaging communities, partners and policymakers along the route to success. Journal of Public Health Management, S74-S82.
  • Wilson, J.D., Tierney, P., Kim, M.S., & Zieff, S. (2012). Temporary Parks? Sunday Streets, serving the need for urban outdoor creation. Journal of Park and Creation Administration, 30, 38-52.
  • Fry, M., Guivernau, M., Kim, M.S., Gano-Overway, L., Newton, M., & Magyar, M. (2012). The relationships among contextual caring, Affective Self-Regulatory Efficacy, and Mental Well being among Youth Sport Participants. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1, 44-57.
  • Kim, M.S.,  Duda, J.L, & Gano-Overway, L. (2011). Predicting Occurrence of and Responses to Psychological Difficulties: The Interplay between Achievement Goals, Perceived Ability and Motivational Climates among Korean Athletes. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9(1), 31-47.



Dr. Kim has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Peak Performance, Motivation, and Performance from 1999 to 2016.