Kim currently leads SAMHSA's Service to Science Initiative—a project dedicated to building the evaluation capacity of organizations implementing innovative, field-grown programs that address the structural and individual factors associated with substance abuse and related mental, emotional, and behavioral health problems. Before assuming this position, she directed Service to Science for the CAPT's Northeast Resource Team, providing direct evaluation technical assistance to organizations implementing innovative prevention programs in that region.
In addition to her work on SAMHSA's CAPT, Kim has served on and managed a number of research and evaluation initiatives including two federally-funded projects in Education Development Center, Inc.’s Center for Research on High Risk Behaviors—Reach for Health Middle Childhood Risk Prevention Study and Multi-level Bystander Strategies: Preventing Youth Violence. She also collaborated in the development of the audio-CDs, Saving Sex for Later, designed to reduce early initiation of and risky sex in youth. She is a co-developer of the Teenage Health Teaching Modules (THTM) violence-prevention module Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders; and has been a writer on many other THTM modules. In addition, she has collaborated with nursing and medical professionals to develop and evaluate programs on a variety of topics, including improving outcomes of hospitalized older adults, enhancing physician breast and cervical cancer risk assessment and screening of women of color, and increasing the number of racial and ethnic minority youth choosing to pursue careers in professional nursing. She earned her MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her PhD from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.