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Sunyoung (Sunny) Kim, PhD, BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

(Early Childhood Special Education)

Special Education

Pronouns: She/Her


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: (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

^Kang, V. Y., Kim, S., & Thomas, M. Experiences of Korean Fathers of Children with Autism in the United States, Inclusion (Accepted, Student-led project).

Kulkarni, S. Kim, S., & Powell, T. (2021). Playing Together: A Call for Multiple Stakeholders to Reduce Exclusionary and Harsh Discipline for Young Children of Color with Disabilities(Special issue: Surveillance, Policing, & Social Control: Decolonizing Classroom Management for Democratic Possibility). Perspectives in Early Childhood Psychology and Education.

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.

Kim, S. & Kang, V.Y. (2020). 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.


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

MEd Early Childhood Special Education, University of Texas at Austin

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