Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D.

VCU Social Work professor receives ‘rising star’ award in field of gerontology research

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The Gerontological Society of America has awarded its 2021 Carroll Estes Rising Star Award to Kyeongmo Kim, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Social Work.

The award, which is conferred by the organization’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section, recognizes a recipient for their outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. The GSA is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging.

Kim is an expert in aging and mental health, and he has research interests in the role of programs, policies and neighborhood environments in predicting mental health status and service utilization of older racial and ethnic minorities. His current research examines the effects of residential/racial segregation on mental health services use among older racial and ethnic minorities.

In her nomination letter, Kim’s mentor, Denise Burnette, Ph.D., the Samuel S. Wurtzel Professor of Social Work at VCU, described Kim as “easily among the topmost promising young scholars in social gerontology.”

“It is my honor and I am so excited with my next journey,” Kim said. “I am grateful to have Dr. Burnette as my mentor.”