Jee Hyun Kim

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Jee Hyun Kim
Dr Jee Hyun Kim.jpg
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Alma materUniversity of New South Wales
Scientific career
InstitutionsFlorey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Jee Hyun Kim is an Australian behavioral neuroscientist whose work focuses on emotional learning and memory during childhood and adolescence. She is an associate professor, principal research fellow, and head of the Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia.[1]

Kim is an active science communicator, and has given public lectures at TEDx Melbourne,[2] Australian Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Victorian Science Week, City of Melbourne (Melbourne Conversations),[3] and the Wheeler Centre.[4] She has also interviewed for ABC Radio,[5] Radio New Zealand,[6] and SBS TV, Channel 10 (The Project).[7]


Kim's research has demonstrated that the acquisition and retrieval of fear memories is different across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and that fear memories are able to be erased early in life. Kim’s research uses rodent models that closely resemble human behaviors to understand the neurobiological basis of those behaviors. Specifically, her work investigates the role of memory and forgetting in the development and treatment of two major mental disorders across childhood and adolescence: anxiety disorder and substance use disorder.[citation needed]

To study anxiety, the Kim laboratory employs a classical conditioning paradigm based on the work of Ivan Pavlov known as fear conditioning. Despite originating 100 years ago, this model is widely used by modern scientists to uncover the neural mechanisms of fear and anxiety. To investigate substance abuse the Kim laboratory uses a operant conditioning paradigm based on the work of B. F. Skinner known as intravenous self-administration. Kim's research especially focuses on extinction, a form of inhibitory learning that forms the basis of exposure-based therapies for both anxiety and addiction disorders.[citation needed]

Kim has 55 original publications to date, and her work has been cited in other publications over 1600 times.[8]


Kim completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2004, graduating with the University Medal in Psychology. She completed her PhD in psychology in 2008 at UNSW, during which time she published six original scientific articles.[9][10][11][12][13][14] After graduating, Kim worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at UNSW, and then the University of Michigan. Kim then gained a position as a Senior Research Officer at the Florey Institute, before becoming head of the Developmental Psychobiology Laboratory at the institute.

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Kim is a vocal advocate for Women in Science, and has served on the committee for the Florey Committee for Equality is Science (EqIS).[15] Kim was acknowledged for her role as a proponent for women in science in Kate White's book, Building effective career paths for women in science research: a case study of an Australian science research institute.[16]

Kim is also a board member for the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and has been a symposium organiser and chair at several international scientific conferences.[citation needed] Kim is the treasurer of Biological Psychiatry Australia.[17]



  1. ^ "Dr Jee Hyun Kim". Homepage. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ "Living Without Fear: Dr Jee Hyun Kim". YouTube. TEDxMelbourne.
  3. ^ "Science City - Has Melbourne got what it takes?". YouTube. Melbourne Conversations. City of Melbourne.
  4. ^ "Forget About It! The Science and Psychology of Memory". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  5. ^ "Jee Hyun Kim studies the science and mysteries of memory". Conversations with Richard Fidler. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-10-28.
  6. ^ "Jee Hyun Kim - Neuroscientist specialising in memory". Radio New Zealand National. 2014-03-05.
  7. ^ "Memory by Dr. Jee Hyun Kim". YouTube. The Project Channel 10.
  8. ^ "Jee Hyun Kim". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  9. ^ Kim, Jee Hyun; McNally, Gavan P.; Richardson, Rick (2006-02-01). "Recovery of fear memories in rats: role of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in infantile amnesia". Behavioral Neuroscience. 120 (1): 40–48. doi:10.1037/0735-7044.120.1.40. PMID 16492115.
  10. ^ Kim, Jee Hyun; Richardson, Rick (2007-02-01). "A developmental dissociation of context and GABA effects on extinguished fear in rats". Behavioral Neuroscience. 121 (1): 131–139. CiteSeerX doi:10.1037/0735-7044.121.1.131. PMID 17324057.
  11. ^ Kim, Jee Hyun; Richardson, Rick (2007-07-01). "A developmental dissociation in reinstatement of an extinguished fear response in rats". Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 88 (1): 48–57. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2007.03.004. PMID 17459734.
  12. ^ Kim, Jee Hyun; Richardson, Rick (2007-12-01). "Immediate post-reminder injection of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) agonist midazolam attenuates reactivation of forgotten fear in the infant rat". Behavioral Neuroscience. 121 (6): 1328–1332. CiteSeerX doi:10.1037/0735-7044.121.6.1328. ISSN 0735-7044. PMID 18085885.
  13. ^ Langton, Julia M.; Kim, Jee Hyun; Nicholas, Jennifer; Richardson, Rick (2007-10-01). "The effect of the NMDA receptor antagonist MK-801 on the acquisition and extinction of learned fear in the developing rat". Learning & Memory. 14 (10): 665–668. doi:10.1101/lm.692407. PMID 17909101.
  14. ^ Kim, Jee Hyun; Richardson, Rick (2008-02-06). "The effect of temporary amygdala inactivation on extinction and reextinction of fear in the developing rat: unlearning as a potential mechanism for extinction early in development". The Journal of Neuroscience. 28 (6): 1282–1290. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4736-07.2008. PMID 18256248.
  15. ^ "Equality in Science". The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  16. ^ White, Kate. "Federation University Australia". Retrieved 2015-11-25.[dead link]
  17. ^ "About Us". Homepage. Biological Psychiatry Australia. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  18. ^ "Aubrey Lewis Award – Biological Psychiatry Australia". Biological Psychiatry Australia. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  19. ^ "2016 Award Winners | CINP". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  20. ^ "Dr Jee Hyun Kim | AIPS". Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  21. ^ "International Society for Developmental Psychobiology". 46th Annual Meeting Conference Program. ISDP.
  22. ^ "Australian Psychological Society : Early Career Research Awards". Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  23. ^ "D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  24. ^ "Richardson Lab - Home". Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  25. ^ "International Society for Developmental Psychobiology" (PDF). 42nd Annual Meeting Conference Program. ISDP.
  26. ^ "Australian Psychological Society : Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology". Retrieved 2015-11-25.
  27. ^ "International Society for Developmental Psychobiology". 40th Annual Meeting Conference Programme. ISDP.
  28. ^ "Australian Psychological Society : APS Prize". Retrieved 2015-11-25.

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