Norman is a proud 1.5 generation Korean-American immigrant and father to 5- and 3- year old boys who are soon to be joined by another brother. Having grown up in Chicago, spending much of his adulthood in Los Angeles, and now a proud Brooklynite for the last 10 years, he is an irredeemable city boy. He completed his B.A. at Yale, with a focus on Psychology and Music, and received his Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA.
Norman’s research and clinical interests include the social development of people with autism, the developmental course of bipolar disorder, and the treatment of anxiety disorders. In conjunction he has developed a particular focus on systemic racism and health equity, and an expertise in the application of a transdiagnostic framework for eating disorders and taking an evolutionary approach to shame and anxiety. He is a regular national and international speaker, educator, and passionate advocate with a particular focus on improving care for all those with minoritized identities and addressing barriers to mental health care for those from marginalized communities.
He has held a number of leadership positions with a particular focus on inpatient and residential care for eating disorders, as well as with various mental health organizations and associations. He was the co-founder of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center, the founding chair of the BIPOC Committee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, a member of the inaugural Behavioral Health Taskforce for the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, former board member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, and serves as a clinical advisor and a DEI and Social Justice advisor to numerous mental health companies, associations, and healthcare startups.
Most recently in the aftermath of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black, Brown, and Asian lives, as well as the continuing systemic inequities that the COVID pandemic magnified, Norman and his colleagues founded the Institute for Antiracism and Equity,
a social justice focused consultancy and training organization. Prior to joining CPI Norman was the Deputy Director of Ayana Therapy, a tech startup focused on providing culturally intelligent, adapted, and accessible care to marginalized communities.
Please join us in welcoming Norman Kim to our staff.