Bolim SuhPhD Student, Human Development & Family Studies


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

Education and Relevant Experience

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

Bolim received her M.A. and B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies from Yonsei University in South Korea. After graduating with her master’s degree, she worked as a preschool teacher at a workplace childcare center. She gained valuable insight about young children and how adults can support young children’s development. She also worked as a researcher at the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education. In this role, she realized the importance and efficacy of evidence-based policy initiative for children and families. This encouraged her to pursue a PhD degree and become a scholar who bridges the gap between research and policy. Currently, Bolim is a PhD graduate student working with Dr. Heather Kirkorian on the study of media’s influence on children’s cognitive development.

Selected Publications

Suh, B. L., Han, H., Kim, T. R., Jo, J. & Kang, M. J. (2020). Longitudinal effects of preschool children’s media exposure and maternal depression on school adjustment during first grade: Mediating effect of attention problem. Family and Environment Research, 58(2), 267-278.

Suh, B. L. & Kang, M. J. (2019). Maternal reactions to preschooler’s emotions and preschooler’s aggression: Gender difference in mediation of emotion regulation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29(1), 144-154. doi: 10.1007/s10826-019-01649-5

Mok, S.R., Suh, B. L., Jeong, J. K., & Kang, M. J. (2019). The effect of maternal positive parenting attitudes on school adjustment among multi-cultural adolescents in Korea: Mediating effect of ego-resiliency. Family and Environment Research, 57(3), 341-352.

Degree Program

  • Human Development and Family Studies Graduate Program