Senior Director of Operations

SOPHIE NAM

Dr. Nam was born in Daegu, South Korea and grew up among many different cultures in the Czech Republic, United States, and Korea. With a deep understanding of what it means to “belong everywhere but nowhere,” she has been committed to working with the displaced communities and people of the diaspora. Vocationally, her journey began with a formative experience at Angel’s Haven, where she was an intern-in-residence during her first summer in college. After three months of working with orphans and adoptees, she found her life’s calling. She trained to become a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist at various clinical (hospitals, universities, residential treatment, community centers, elementary and high schools) settings, providing culturally competent individual and group psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessment, consultation, and advocacy. In 2016, Dr. Nam repatriated to her birth country after 23 years of living abroad with the mission to pave the way for multicultural, transnational, and “different” people to thrive in Korea. Learning that tenure-track professorship was not the best way to do so, she resigned from her academic position and has joyfully taken up the call to serve as her beloved 325KAMRA’s Senior Director of Operations. She hopes to bring her organizational, investigative, bilingual, and multicultural skills to reunite families, while facilitating truth-finding, healing, and reconciliation in her traumatized yet beautiful homeland.

Today, she lives in Seoul while maintaining a private practice and research institute with her sister, who is also a psychologist and currently a professor at Ewha Women’s University. Dr. Nam holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College, an Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She identifies as a Third Culture Kid and loves spending time in nature, chilling with friends and family, and watching her nephew and niece grow.