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Piljoo Kang, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-6000
Piljoo Kang, Ph.D., joined APU after many years as a youth pastor serving ethnic/linguistic minority children and families in Los Angeles. Her primary line of research focuses on how spirituality and church mentoring relationships help adolescents develop positive future outlook and cope with challenges they encounter.

Kang teaches with passion and dedication. Her students have often commented on her passion for teaching and mentoring. Her goal as a teacher is to facilitate individual students to become active participants in their own growth, connect content materials in textbooks to the actual world that they find themselves in, and finally arrive at the deep understanding of how God is the ultimate creator and sustainer of all. In her free time, Kang enjoys hiking in Yosemite.


  • Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Development, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Linguistics, California State University, Northridge
  • M.A., Biblical Studies and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.Ed., Human Development, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Psychology


  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Multilingual Multicultural Development
  • Positive Youth Development

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 290H – Human Growth and Development (Honors)
  • PSYC 345 – Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 355 – Psychology of Adult Development
  • PSYC 400 – Cultural Psychology