Travis Research Institute
Psychology Building 330
Fuller Theological Seminary
180 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101-1714
Our lab does empirical studies to understand abnormal psychological aspects (e.g., PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury) of humans using (neuro)psychological assessment tools (e.g., MMPI) as well as brain imaging (e.g., PET scans of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans). We apply conventional methods popular in social sciences as well as more recent developments in artificial intelligence such as machine learning and deep neural networks to examine the complexity among psychological constructs.
Some popular research agenda items in our lab are:
Research on or with psychological assessment
- Personality (MMPI, Big Five, sentence completion tests, etc.)
- Intelligence (WAIS-IV)
- Neuropsychology (D-KEFS, BVMT, HVLT, or Rey-O)
Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning and Deep Learning)
- Unsupervised/supervised learning on text data and assessment data (classification; latent semantic analysis, LDA, structural topic model)
- Brain imaging (PET images among veterans with PTSD and/or mild traumatic brain injury)
Abernethy, A. D., and Kim, S.-H. (2018). The Spiritual Transcendence Index: An Item Response Theory Analysis. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 28(4), 240-256. https://doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2018.1507800
Lim, E.-M., Kang, H. J., Kim, S.-H., and Koo, J. K. (2018). The development and validation of a multi-cultural counseling competence scale for Korean counselors. Korean Journal of Counseling, 19(1), 421-442.
Kim, S.-H., McNeill, T. M., Strenger, N. R., and Lee, C. (2016). An Actor- Partner Interdependence analysis of the ABC-X stress model among clergy couples. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 8(1), 65-76. http://dx.doi.org.naomi.fuller.edu:2048/10.1037/rel0000031
King, P. E., Kim, S.-H., Furrow, J., and Clardy, C. E. (2016). Preliminary exploration of the Measurement of Diverse Adolescent Spirituality (MDAS) among Mexican youth. Applied Developmental Science, 21(4), 235-250. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2016.1203789
Kim, S.-H., Martin, B. J., and Nolty, A. T. (2016). The factor structure and measurement invariance of the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26(3), 240-251. http://dx.doi.org//10.1080/10508619.2015.1029404
Kim, S.-H., Goodman, G. M., Toruno, J. A., Sherry, A. R., and Kim, H.-K. (2015). The cross-cultural validity of the MMPI-2-RF Higher-Order Scales in a sample of North Korean female refugees. Assessment, 22(5), 640-649. doi:10.1177/1073191114548444
Faculty and Principal investigator