Kyoung Mi Choi, PhD

Kyoung Mi Choi

Associate Professor, Counselor Education

Kyoung Mi Choi, Ph.D., teaches courses (i.e., Counseling Theories, Group Counseling, College Student Development Theories, Microcounseling Skills, Mindfulness-based Self-Care Interventions, Practicum, Internship) in the Department of Counselor Education.  Through her educational, professional, and personal experiences, she has developed her research interest in examining culturally sensitive counseling approaches, mindfulness-based counseling interventions and programs, social connectedness among Third Culture Kids, international student adjustment and academic success, multicultural counseling competencies, undocumented college students, international LGBTQ college students, and integration of technology in Counselor Education. She was named as an International Fellow in the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) in 2005 and NASFA Diversity Impact Program Recipient in 2017.  She also served on the board of director for the international organizations, Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) in 2017-2019.


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Syracuse University (CACREP Accredited Program)
  • M.A., International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • M.S., School Counseling, Syracuse University (CACREP Accredited Program)
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Korea National University of Education

Recent Publications

  • Choi, K., & Oh, I. (under revision). A phenomenological approach to understanding sexual minority college students in South Korea. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

  • Protivnak, J. J., Pusateri, C., Paylo, J. M., & Choi, K. (2017). Invisible outsiders: Developing a working alliance with Appalachian clients. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology. 6(1), 79-91. Retrieved from

  • Paylo, J. M., Protivnak, J. J., Choi, K., & Walker. M. (2017). Preparing mental health first responders: College counselors supporting residence life professionals. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology. 6(1), 63-78. Retrieved from

  • Choi, K., & Protivnak, J. J. (2016). Leaping into the unknown: Experience of counseling students participating in group work with international students. The Journal of Specialist in Group Work. 41(2), 238-261. dol:10.1080/01933922.2016.1197991.

  • Choi, K., & van der Boom, C. (2016). Creating Flipboard Magazine International Safe Zone to support international LGBT students. SIGnals Newsletter for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Retrieved from

  • Choi, K., VanVoorhis, W. R., & Ellenwood, E. A. (2015). Enhancing critical consciousness through a cross-cultural immersion experience in South Africa. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 43(4), 244-261. doi:10.1002/jmcd.12019.

  • Choi, K., Luke, M., & Bernard, J. M. (2015). Being connected: A friendship comparison among U.S., international, and third culture college students. In S. Benjamin & F. Dervin (Ed.), Beyond “Third Culture Kids”(pp. 165-186). Cambridge: Polity.

Recent Presentations

  • Lijadi, A. A., Van Reken, E. R., Choi, K., Barron, J., & Mahoney, E. (2020). Third Culture Kids: Growing up among world. The 32th International Congress of Psychology. Prague, Czech Republic. (conference canceled).

  • Singaravelu, H., Choi, K., & Chakaryan, H. (April, 2020). Reconsidering Multiculturalism: Pathway to Effective Cross-Cultural Communication. 2017 ACA conference, San Diego, CA, United States. (conference canceled).

  • Choi, K., & Marx, R. (Nov, 2019). Celebrating International Education Week: Supporting LGBTQ+ Students, Staff, and Faculty (Routable Discussion). San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, United States.

  • Lee, S., & Choi, K. (Apr, 2019). Korean Cross-Culture Kids: Relations of Acculturation Types, Acculturation Stress, and Cultural Adaptation. The 2019 Families in Global Transition conference (FIGT), NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Choi, K., & van der Boom, C. (Apr, 2019). How to use your differences to create a happy cross-cultural relationship. The 2019 Families in Global Transition conference (FIGT), NIST International School, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Choi, K., (Mar, 2018). Ten (10) strategies to create a thriving cross-cultural relationship. The 2018 Families in Global Transition conference (FIGT), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2017 NAFSA 2017-18 Diversity Impact Program Recipient
  • 2005 National Board for Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I) Fellows
  • 2004 Master’s Research Award, Syracuse University

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Culturally sensitive counseling approaches
  • Integration of technology in Counselor Education
  • International LGBTQ college students
  • International student adjustment and academic success
  • Mindfulness-based counseling interventions and programs
  • Multicultural counseling competencies
  • Social connectedness among Third Culture Kids (TCKs)