Bolim SuhGraduate Student

I am interested in the effect of educational TV on children’s cognitive development and learning. In particular, I am interested in understanding what aspect of educational TV, such as content or interactivity of the media, helps children’s learning. I am also interested in how parents can support children’s use of media, such as TV and smartphone. I am especially interested in parents’ joint engagement in their children’s use of media. I hope to contribute to developing high quality media which will help children’s learning and cognitive development. I also want to help parents to support children’s use of media more effectively.

I received my MA and BS in child development and family studies from Yonsei University in South Korea. After graduating with my master’s degree, I worked as a preschool teacher at a workplace childcare center. I gained valuable insight about young children and how adults can support young children’s development. I also worked as a researcher at the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education. In this role, I realized the importance and efficacy of evidence-based policy initiative for children and families. This encouraged me to pursue a PhD degree and become a scholar who bridges the gap between research and policy. Currently, I am a PhD graduate student working with Dr. Heather Kirkorian on the study of media’s influence on children’s cognitive development.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nelsrud Family Graduate Fellow in Early Childhood Development
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  • Human Development & Family Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Human Development & Family Studies


  • MA, Child & Family Studies, Yonsei University
  • BS, Child & Family Studies, Yonsei University