My name is NaYeon (NY), and I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program working with Dr. Karen O’Brien. I graduated with dual BAs in Psychology and Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and earned my master's degree in Counseling from Korea University. During my master's program, I primarily investigated college students' career development and examined how planned happenstance skills promote their career development during the school-to-work transition. In addition to career development, I also conducted research on meaning-making during the grieving process and other research areas that intrigued my curiosity.
My primary research interests include (1) grief and loss and (2) career development. Specifically, I am interested in investigating whether/how meaning-making alleviates grieving individuals' psychological distress. Overall, I wish to explore potential protective factors that would help grieving individuals' psychological adjustment after the death of their loved ones and promote their post-traumatic growth. Moreover, I am interested in promoting career development for college students and underprivileged populations, such as racial/gender/sexual minorities. Finally, I am generally interested in positive psychology and multicultural contexts that help improve individuals' psychological well-being and increase their strengths to function better in their lives.
Areas of Interest
- Grief and Loss
- Career Development
- Multicultural Competence
- Positive Psychology (Resilience and Protective Factors)
BAUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities