Kyoung Mi Choi, PhD

Kyoung Mi Choi

Associate Professor, Counselor Education

Kyoung Mi Choi, Ph.D., teaches courses (i.e., Counseling Theories, Group Counseling, College Student Development Theories, Microcounseling Skills, Mindfulness-based Self-Care Interventions, Practicum, Internship) in the Department of Counselor Education. Through her educational, professional, and personal experiences, she has developed her research interest in examining culturally sensitive counseling approaches, mindfulness-based counseling interventions and programs, social connectedness among Third Culture Kids, international student adjustment and academic success, multicultural counseling competencies, undocumented college students, international LGBTQ college students, and integration of technology in Counselor Education.

Dr. Choi was named as an International Fellow in the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) in 2005 and NASFA Diversity Impact Program Recipient in 2017. She also served on the board of director for the international organizations, Families in Global Transitions (FIGT) in 2017-2019.


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education & Supervision, Syracuse University (CACREP Accredited Program)
  • M.A., International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • M.S., School Counseling, Syracuse University (CACREP Accredited Program)
  • B.A., Elementary Education, Korea National University of Education

Recent Publications

  • Choi, K., & Oh, I. (2021). A phenomenological approach to understanding sexual minority college students in South Korea. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development. 49(4), 225-238.
  • Protivnak, J. J., Pusateri, C., Paylo, J. M., & Choi, K. (2017). Invisible outsiders: Developing a working alliance with Appalachian clients. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology. 6(1), 79-91. Retrieved from

  • Paylo, J. M., Protivnak, J. J., Choi, K., & Walker. M. (2017). Preparing mental health first responders: College counselors supporting residence life professionals. The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology. 6(1), 63-78. Retrieved from

  • Choi, K., & Protivnak, J. J. (2016). Leaping into the unknown: Experience of counseling students participating in group work with international students. The Journal of Specialist in Group Work. 41(2), 238-261. dol:10.1080/01933922.2016.1197991.

  • Choi, K., & van der Boom, C. (2016). Creating Flipboard Magazine International Safe Zone to support international LGBT students. SIGnals Newsletter for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Retrieved from

Recent Presentations

  • Hyun. J., & Choi, K. (April, 2021). Social and emotional learning in counselor education. The 2021 Korean Counseling Association-International Chapter (KCA-IC) Virtual Conference.
  • Lijadi, A. A., & Choi, K. (March, 2021). Creating impact through research. FIGT Research Network Annual Meeting and Networking.
  • Marx R., Choi, K., & Pena, F. (Jan & Mar, 2021). Creating an inclusive climate: Queering our classrooms and our campus. San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, United States.
  • Choi, K. (November, 2020). Learning & equity: Designing an empowering group counseling course. WACES Conference, Tucson, AZ, United States. (Conference canceled)
  • Choi, K., & Hyun, J. (November, 2020). Mind-Body Connection: Social and emotional learning for graduate counseling students. WACES Conference, Tucson, AZ, United States. (Conference canceled)
  • Lijadi, A. A., Van Reken, E. R., Choi, K., Barron, J., & Mahoney, E. (2020). Third Culture Kids: Growing up among world. The 32th International Congress of Psychology. Prague, Czech Republic. (conference canceled).

  • Singaravelu, H., Choi, K., & Chakaryan, H. (April, 2020). Reconsidering Multiculturalism: Pathway to Effective Cross-Cultural Communication. 2017 ACA conference, San Diego, CA, United States. (conference canceled).

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • 2020-2021 Lurie College of Education Strategic Plan Seed Grants RFP. San José State University. $ 13,500 Awarded. Marx R., Choi, K., & Pena, F. (2020). Creating an inclusive climate: Queering our classrooms and our campus.
  • 2020 Excellence in Teaching and Student Support, Peer Connections, San José State University
  • 2019-2020 Lurie College of Education Student-Research Awards for Faculty. San José State University. $ 2,000 Awarded. Choi, K., & Marx R. (2019). Sense of belonging among international LGBTQ+ students
    (Principal Investigator).
  • 2017 NAFSA 2017-18 Diversity Impact Program Recipient

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Culturally sensitive counseling approaches
  • Integration of technology in Counselor Education
  • International LGBTQ college students
  • International student adjustment and academic success
  • Mindfulness-based counseling interventions and programs
  • Multicultural counseling competencies
  • Social connectedness among Third Culture Kids (TCKs)