Dr. Jiyun Kang received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University, IN, completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Memphis Counseling Center. Jiyun worked as a staff psychologist at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center for several years and Acacia Counseling & Wellness for a couple of months before she joined USC in 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and worked as a licensed counselor in Korea prior to her Ph.D. program.
As a first generation immigrant and a former international student, Jiyun is passionate about working with clients with multicultural backgrounds. Her other professional interests include – ADHD; adjustment issues; anxiety; career issues; depression; intersecting identities; relationship issues; supervision and training; and bilingual counseling (English and Korean). She utilizes integrative approach to therapy, primarily using elements drawn from Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) or Solution-Focused therapy based on the nature of the issues or client’s needs. In therapy, she strives to create new understanding, provide corrective experiences, and promote changes.
Jiyun enjoys reading detective books, cooking and baking for fun, and spending time with friends and family.
Her pronouns are she, her, hers.