Christina’s research interests broadly center around factors that influence parents’ psychological health and well-being during the transition to parenthood. She is interested in how mothers navigate the societal demands related to intensive parenting (norms supporting a highly demanding, childcentered approach to parenting) during the transition to motherhood. Specifically, she is interested in understanding mothers’ pressure to conform to the norms of intensive parenting ideology and how mothers navigate these norms in relation to their own parenting experience. Christina’s research aims to understand how mothers respond to the unique experiences of becoming a new parent, with a particular focus on breastfeeding experiences, in relation to their attitudes and beliefs towards intensive parenting culture. Furthermore, her research examines whether conforming to intensive mothering expectations leads to more adverse parenting experiences such as increased parenting stress and parenting guilt, and decreased parenting satisfaction during the transition to parenthood.
Education and Relevant Experience
Christina holds a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Kyungpook National University in Korea. While studying English Literature as a Master’s student in Texas A&M University she developed a profound interest in mothers and motherhood especially in how both are perceived and conceptualized within literature. In order to gain fuller understanding of motherhood, she has chose to do her doctoral studies in Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Ecology. She is currently working with Dr. Larissa Duncan in AWARE Lab.
Awards and Recognitions
Summer Time Academic Research (STAR) Award | Human Development and Family Studies Department School of Human Ecology University of Wisconsin–Madison | 2020
Summer Research and Professional Development Funds | Human Development and Family Studies Department School of Human Ecology University of Wisconsin–Madison | 2019
Student Research Grants Competition: Conference Presentation | Graduate School | University of Wisconsin–Madison | 2019
HDFS Travel Funding | Human Development and Family Studies Department | School of Human Ecology University of Wisconsin–Madison | 2017
Presentations and Publications
Kim, C.N., & Nix, R. L. (2020, November). Profiles of Parents’ Psychosocial Functioning in Families Living in Poverty. National Council on Family Relations Conference.
Kim, C.N., Yoon. J., Kerr M.L., Buttitta. K. V., Smiley, P. A., Rasmussen, H. F., & Borelli, J. L. (2019, November). The relation between self-compassion, depression and parental satisfaction among mothers of toddlers: Rumination as a mediator. Poster presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference, Fort Worth, TX.
Kim, C.N., Grendziak, A., Park, Y., Poelhmann-Tynan, J. A., & Nix, R. L. (2019, August). Home environment and children’s emerging school readiness skills. Poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
Park. Y., Kim, C.N., Grendziak, A., Poelhmann-Tynan J. A., & Nix. R.L. (2019, August). Associations between parents’ perceptions of their children and parenting behaviors. Poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL
Kim, C. N., Kerr, M. L., & Duncan, L. G. (2019, March). Self-compassion’s links with lower parenting stress among new mothers: Mindful parenting and mindfulness as mediators. Poster to be presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Kim, C. N., Vigna, A. B., Cook, J. G., & Duncan, L. G. (2017, April). Listening Mothers: Preliminary results of a pilot randomized controlled trial. Poster presented at the Mindful Families, Schools & Communities: Contemplative Practices to Promote Child & Family Well-Being Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
- Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Program