Matthew Kim

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Psychology
  • Developmental, Social, and Health Psychology
012-C Kastle Hall
Research Interests:
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2015
M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2013
B.A., Economics and Psychology, New York University, 2008
As director of the Developing Minds Lab at the University of Kentucky, I examine how cognitive skills such as executive functions and motivation predict successful school transitions and academic success. My research is situated at the intersection of developmental psychology, education, and cognitive neuroscience. I embrace the values of collaborative, open, and reproducible science and strive to pursue these goals in my work.
Presently, my research is organized around two themes. First, using behavioral and ERP methods in laboratory and classroom settings, I study the interplay between brain and behavior as it relates to the development of cognitive and academic skills. I also apply quasi-experimental methods to elucidate the causal impact of schooling on these skills. Second, I examine how children and adolescents develop beliefs about their abilities. In a series of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, I leverage basic research in motivation science to design learning opportunities that positively shape motivation and identity development in STEM among youth of color.
Information for prospective students
Undergraduate students: Click the "Lab Application" link to submit an application to join the Developing Minds Lab! 
Graduate students: I am considering applicants for graduate trainees to begin in Fall 2021. Please email me if you have any questions. 
Selected publications
Morrison, F. J., Kim, M. H., Connor, C. M., & Grammer, J. K. (2019). The causal impact of schooling on children’s development: Lessons for developmental science. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 28(5), 441–449. 
Kim, M. H., & Morrison, F. J. (2018). Schooling effects on literacy skills during the transition to school. AERA Open, 4(3), 1–15. 
Kim, M. H., Marulis, L. M., Grammer, J. K., Morrison, F. J., & Gehring, W. J. (2017). Motivational processes from expectancy-value theory are associated with variability in the error positivity in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 155, 32–47. 
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