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portrait of Jenny Pak

Jenny H. Pak

Assistant Professor, Rosemead School of Psychology
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California.

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Dr. Pak teaches graduate courses in counseling skills, history and systems of psychology, and cognitive assessment. She also teaches undergraduate courses in theories of personality and child and adolescent development. She has published in the area of acculturation and women’s identity development and as a strong interest in narrative analysis. She leads a research team, which investigates the dynamic impact of culture on individual, couple, family, and spiritual development.

Dr. Pak's appointment calendar is available.

Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (Member)&
  • American Association of Marriage Family Therapy (Member)
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies (Member)

Publications

  • Kim, H. J., & Pak, J. H. (2013). Journeys toward spiritual maturity among Korean immigrant women in midlife. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 32 (1), 3-19.
  • Dowd , A.C., Pak, J. H., & Bensimon, E.M. (2013). The empowering role of institutional agents promoting transfer access. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21 (15). This article is part of EPAA/AAPE’s Special Issue on The American Community College in the 21st Century, Guest Edited by Dr. Jeanne M. Powers & Amelia M. Topper.
  • Wolff, J., Pak, J., Meeske, K., Worden, J. W., & Katz, E. (2010). Challenges and coping styles of fathers as primary medical caretakers: A multicultural qualitative study. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 28 (2), 202-217.
  • Pak, J. (2006). Korean American Women's Identity: Stories of Acculturation. In F. Ng (Series Ed.), Studies in Asian Americans: Reconceptualizing Culture, History & Politics. New York: Routledge.
  • Pak, J. , Bensimon, E.M., Malcom, L., Marquez, A. & Park, D. (2006). The life histories of ten individuals who crossed the border between community colleges and selective four-year colleges. Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California.
  • Gibson, N., Hicks, M., Kimball, C., Pak, J., Plante, T., Porter, S. (2006). Invitation to the table conversation: A few diverse perspectives on integration. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25, 338-353.

Presentations

  • Pak, J. (2013, November). Understanding the changing values in Korea & Korean missionaries. Invited plenary speaker at the Mission Training International, Angola, Indiana.
  • Pak, J. (2013, May). Re-envisioning integration of psychology and Christianity in the context of globalization. Invited speaker at the Interdisciplinary Christian Studies Conference at Soongshil University, Seoul, Korea.
  • McNeil, D., Dueck, A., Pak, J., & Seegobin, W. (2013, April). The challenges of caring across cultures. Invited workshop presenter at the international meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, Oregon.
  • Pak, J. (2013, April). Narrative identity: Integrating the dynamic interaction of local and global culture. Invited plenary speaker at the international meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Portland, Oregon.
  • Pak, J. (2009-2013, October). Cross-cultural issues in counseling. Invited speaker and staff counselor at Narramore Christian Foundation’s Continuing Education in Counseling and Member Care Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand & Antalya, Turkey.

Research Interests

  • Narrative Analysis
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Identity Development
  • Posttraumatic Growth
  • Grief, Loss and Meaning
  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Mental Health and Missions

Activities

  • Pak, J. (2005-2006). Research Associate, Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2005). “Healing Korean American youths and family.” Family retreat workshops conducted at North Los Angeles Presbyterian Church, North Hill, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2005). “Winning cooperation from your child: A practical guide for handling everyday behavior problems.” Parenting groups conducted at The Guidance Center, Long Beach, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2005). “Understanding the relationship between the second-generation Korean American daughters and the first-generation mothers.” Seminar presented to the women’s group at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2005). “Biblical perspective on parent-child relationship.” Seminar presented at Hanwoori Presbyterian Church, Chatsworth, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2004). “Empowering your children to maturity.” Parenting class conducted at San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, El Monte, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2002). “Lay counseling.” Training workshops presented at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2002). “Premarital counseling.” Seminar presented at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2001). “Effective parenting.” Parenting class conducted at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (2000). “Lay counselor training.” Workshop presented at Tyrannus Ministry, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1999). “Korean Christian women and midlife.” Seminar presented to the women’s group at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1999). “Empowering your children to maturity.” Parenting class conducted at Onnuri Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1998). “Theoretical perspective on self and cross-cultural counseling.” Lecture presented to graduate students at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1998). “Improving the parent-child relationship.” Workshop presented at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1997). “Understanding Korean immigrant families.” Lecture presented to Asian American psychology students at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1996). “Cultural diversity in the classroom.” Workshop presented at UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. & Rhodes, C. (1995). “Improving social skills for ADHD children.” Children’s groups conducted at Fullerton School District, Fullerton, CA.
  • Okamoto, T., Leong, K., Horikishi M., Misaka, B., & Pak, J. (1994). “Leaving home: Deepening family attachments.” Seminars sponsored by Pacific Rim Program, Minirth Meier Clinic West, Santa Ana, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1994). “Biblical perspective on dating and relationship.” Workshop presented to Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1994). “Understanding Korean American students.” Seminar presented to teachers and school personnel at Walnut Valley Unified School District, Walnut, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1994). “Biblical perspective on mate selection.” Seminar presented to Thanksgiving Church, Whittier, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1994). “Understanding cross-cultural issues among Asian American students and family.” Workshop presented at UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1994). “Understanding your teenager.” Workshop presented to Bethel Church, Irvine, CA.
  • Okamoto, T., Leong, K., Horikishi M., Misaka, B., & Pak, J. (1994). “Leaving home: Deepening family attachments.” Seminars sponsored by Pacific Rim Program, Minirth Meier Clinic West, Santa Ana, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1993). “Single young adulthood: Career and intimacy.” Workshop presented at Dong Shin Presbyterian Church, Fullerton, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1993). “Gender and relationship.” Workshop presented at Petra Church, Orange, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1993). “Biblical perspective on parenting.” Workshop presented at Young Nak Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1991). “How to communicate with your parents.” Workshop presented at Great Light Presbyterian Church, Fullerton, CA.
  • Pak, J. (1990). “The worldview of Korean American teens and parents.” Seminar presented at Cerritos Korean Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA.