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Sunyoung (Sunny) Kim, PhD, BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

(Early Childhood Special Education)

Special Education


Building & Room:

3404 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (M/C 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-1856


Dr. Kim's primary research centers on two strands: (a) interventions for social behaviors and peer relationships of students with autism and other developmental disabilities in inclusive environments, and (b) qualitative examinations of cultural responsiveness in evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities and their families, including those from diverse racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

Selected Publications

Kim, S. & Kang, V.Y. (In press). The Effect of Enhanced Milieu Teaching on Vocabulary Acquisition for Korean-American Children with Down Syndrome. Journal of Special Education.

Kim, S. & Kang, V. Y. (2020). Use of Video Prompting to Teach Cooking Tasks to Korean-American Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.

Kim, S., Cambray-Engstrom, E. Wang, J. Kang, V. Y., Choi, Y-J., & Coba-Rodriguez, S. (2020). Teachers’ experiences, attitudes, and perceptions towards early inclusion in urban settings, Inclusion.

Kim, S., Kim, H., Kim, J., Nichols, S. C., & Kang, V. Y. (2020). Experiences and Impact of Children’s Autism on Lives of Korean American Mothers. Exceptionality.

*Kang, V. Y & Kim, S. (2020). Social Story Interventions for Social Play Behaviors of Young Korean American Children with Autism. Child & Family Behavior Therapy. (Student-led project)

Kim, S., Kang, V. Y. & McLeod, R. H. (2020). Effects of enhanced milieu teaching with book reading for children with autism spectrum disorder.Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.



PhD Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Minor: Research Methodology)

MEd Early Childhood Special Education, University of Texas at Austin