Soo-Jeong Kim, MD

Personal Statement

I am board certified in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry and am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington. I am also an attending psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center Adult Autism Clinic, and serve as Medical Director at Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

My clinical and research interest is focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). My research interest is to identify genetic mechanisms for neurobehavioral challenges in individuals with developmental disorders, with special focus on the chromosome 15q11-q13 region. This particular chromosomal region contains several imprinting genes that express differently based on their parental origin. The abnormality of this region is the major cause for Prader-Willi (PWS) and Angelman syndromes. This region has been also implicated in the pathogenesis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). My lab is also working on pharmacogenomics for variable individual responses to psychotropics.

Our main strategy is massively parallel sequencing of the region of interest. We utilize the next generation sequencing platform to survey genomic differences across individuals with PWS or ASD. We are currently developing expertise in total RNA sequencing as well as DNA methylation sequencing to determine the effects of psychotropic medications and also to survey the effects of changes in the 15q11-q13 region in the whole genome.


University of Florida Master, 2010
University of Illinois at Chicago Fellowship, 2006
University of Chicago Fellowship, 2005
University of Chicago Residency, 2004
Seoul National Univ., Dentistry Medical education, 1993

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

2020 Revision to the guidelines for the management of myeloproliferative neoplasms.
(2020 Nov 4)
Korean J Intern Med
Kim SY, Bae SH, Bang SM, Eom KS, Hong J, Jang S, Jung CW, Kim HJ, Kim HY, Kim MK, Kim SJ, Mun YC, Nam SH, Park J, Won JH, Choi CW

Family cohesion is differently associated with felt stigma depending on enacted stigma in adults with epilepsy.
(2020 Nov)
Epilepsy Behav 112(): 107446
Lee SA, Kim SJ, Kim HJ, Lee JY, Kim MK, Heo K, Kim WJ, Cho YJ, Ji KW, Park KI, Kim KK, Lee EM

Insomnia is less prevalent and less severe, independent of depressive symptoms, in patients with epilepsy treated with perampanel as an adjuvant.
(2020 Nov)
Epilepsy Behav 112(): 107384
Lee SA, Jung M, Kim SJ, Jo S, Kim HJ, Kim HW, Koo YS

Severity of idiopathic rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder correlates with depression and alexithymia.
(2020 Oct)
Sleep Med 74(): 25-30
Kim HJ, Kim SJ, Lee SA

Association Between Colonic 18F-FDG Uptake and Glycemic Control in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus.
(2020 Aug)
Nucl Med Mol Imaging 54(4): 168-174
Chang HS, Kim SJ, Kim YH

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