Wonjin Sim

Assistant Professor


Contact Info

LA 2142
Tuesdays 11:00 am -1:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm


Ph.D. & M.A. in Counseling Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park

Pre-doctoral Internship
University of Pennsylvania
Counseling and Psychological Services

Clinical Postdoc
Carnegie Mellon University
Counseling and Psychological Services

Areas of Expertise

Multicultural Counseling
Psychotherapy Process and Outcome
Mental Well-being of Helping Professionals
Qualitative Research
Dream Work in Therapy
Spirituality in Therapy

Research Interests

Dr. Sim is primarily interested in multicultural counseling, and making therapy more accessible for minority populations in the US, and populations outside of North America. As most mainstream psychotherapy approaches are developed in mainstream Western cultures, there are significant limitations when conducting culturally sensitive psychotherapy with diverse

populations. Dr. Sim has studied dream work and spirituality as potentially helpful tools to make therapy more accessible for minority and international populations.

Another major theme in Dr. Sim’s research concerns the mental well-being of helping professionals, who work in different settings with populations in need, and may experience stress and burnout as a result of helping those who have experienced trauma and stressful life experiences. Dr. Sim approached this research topic from the perspectives of sustainability and positive psychology, studying factors that contribute to thriving and coping strategies in this population, as well as those factors that lead to stress and burnout.


Dr. Sim teaches Advanced Multicultural Counseling, Counseling Techniques, and Cross-cultural Psychology.

Selected Publications

Sim, W., Zanardelli, G., Loughran, M., Mannarino, M., & Hill, C. (2016). Thriving, Burnout, and Coping Strategies of Early and Later Career Counseling Center Psychologists in the United States. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 29:4, 382-404.

Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Krinock, E., Sim, W., & Hamilton, D. (2016). How religious beliefs and practices influence the psychological health of catholic priests. American Journal of Men's Health, 10, 318-324.

Zanardelli, G., Sim, W., Mannarino, M, Loughran, M., & Hill, C. (2015). College counseling center psychologists in the united states: career paths and advice to new psychologists. Journal of Human Understanding and Counseling, 36, 61-73.

Zanardelli, G., Sim, W., Borges, N., & Roman, B. (2015). Well-being in first year medical students. Academic Psychiatry, 39:1, 31-36.

Isacco, A., Sahker, E., Hamilton, D., Mannarino, M., Sim, W., & St Jean, M. (2014). A qualitative study of mental health help-seeking among catholic priests. Mental Health, Religion, and Culture, 17:7, 741 – 757.