- Master's: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Bachelor's: Hanyang University
Jinyoung Kim earned her B.A. in media studies and communication with an English minor at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, where she was recognized as the early graduate student of excellence and the valedictorian of her class. She continued her diverse research experiences in the master's program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was honored to receive the Hanyang Graduate Fellowship, the Kordus Scholarship and a teaching assistantship. While she was in the master's program, she voluntarily joined six different research projects examining how new media technology (i.e., video game, social media) can be used to foster pro-health and effective learning behaviors. In addition to the research in the U.S., Jinyoung broadened her area of research to medicine as a clinical researcher and conducted two government-funded medical research projects at a university hospital in South Korea. Jinyoung's great passion for research led her to produce several research papers at national and international conferences and SCI/SSCI journal articles. As a doctoral student at Penn State, Jinyoung would like to conduct research on the persuasive effect of online media (e.g., web sites, social media) on informing the public of accurate health-related information and on changing people’s risky health behaviors (e.g., smoking, obesity).