Korea University Department of Psychology

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Research Areas

The Clinical and Counseling Psychology Program(CCPP) at Korea University is one of the oldest and largest clinical and counseling training programs in Korea. The goal of this program is to systematically integrate the scientist-practitioner model and counseling training model and to train master-level or doctoral-level psychologists who have expertise in both research and practice. Both clinical/counseling and research training are continuous, integrated processes which are continuously supervised and monitored by the clinical psychology and counseling psychology faculty. Members of our core faculty are studying the following areas.

The Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Prof. Jung-Hye Kwon


Prof. Jung-Hye Kwon

social anxiety disorder, Internet addiction, dyadic discord and couple therapy, cognitive behavior therapy


Their research interests lie at adaptations of cognitive behavioral therapies as well as vulnerability factors for mental illnesses in terms of cognitive and interpersonal relationships. Especially, the team has focused on social anxiety disorders so that they conducted some research on one’s self-image, some patterns in interpersonal interactions, attention and memory processing since late 1990s. Including cognitive group therapy, they have invented new remedies such as mental image reshaping and web-based therapy. The team has been working on devising systematical diagnosis on marital relationship and the solutions. Recently, they have been dealing with some research in depth on detrimental internet addictions in Korea.

고영건 교수


Prof. Youn-Gun Ko

Mental Fitness, Psychology of Happiness, Mental Fitness Positive Psychology Program, Mental Health, Psychological Testings, and Emotional Intelligence


One of their representative research topics is diagnosing the cause of happiness dilemma and its solution. The happiness dilemma occurs when there is a desire to be happy in a situation where it is impossible, but when one finds it difficult to give up. Although the cure-for-all happiness does not exist, men can be happier with the help of some psychological support such as mental fitness method. They may attain happiness through the process of systematic mental training just as they stay fit with regular exercise.

양은주 교수


Prof. Eunjoo Yang

career decision making, career transition


One of major research goals of the team is to investigate cognitive and affective factors of being indeterminate on one’s future career. They have been working on to develop predictable scales measuring individual and environmental factors affecting humans to feel such uncertainties. Not only developing and verifying the scales of career decision-making tools, but they have investigated how to define and handle human life-cycles and their career developmental tasks in terms of one’s career identity. They aim to make a well-developed career counseling program for the ones with various kinds of decision-making difficulties.

최기홍 교수


Prof. Kee-Hong Choi

Severe Mental Illness, psychosocial rehabilitation, cognitive remediation, motivational improvement, psychotherapy outcome trials


The team has conducted research on treatments and rehabilitation for critical mental patients. They have developed neurocognitive rehabilitation therapies and social-cognition rehabilitation programs and examined their effects. They have also performed experiments to invent psycho-social rehabilitation programs and test out their effectiveness.