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Sunyoung (Sunny) Kim, PhD

Associate Professor

(Early Childhood Special Education)

Special Education

Pronouns: She/Her


Building & Room:

1416 ETMSW


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

Office Phone:

(312) 996-1856

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Sunny 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 Grants

OSEP 325K-A, Project CHIME, PI

IBHE/ECACE, Early Childhood Future Faculty Preparation, PI

Selected Publications

1. Kim, S., Choi, Y-J., Kang, V.Y., Wang, J., Kim, N., & Kim, K-M. (Accepted). Early Childhood Educators’ Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Inclusion in South Korea, Infants and Young Children.

2. Kim, S., Kang, V., Kim, N. & Kim, K. (Accepted). “It is natural for children with and without disabilities to get along together”: Early Childhood Teachers’ Experiences with Inclusion in South Korea, Infants and Young Children.

3. Kim. S., Kang, V.Y., Kim, N.,& Gregori, E. (Accepted). Feasibility and cultural relevance of evidence-based strategies in Korean online modules for caregivers of children with autism, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

4. *Kang, V., Coba-Rodridguez, S., & Kim. S. (Accepted). “We need to prepare and adjust”: The School Readiness Beliefs and Practices of Korean Families with Preschool-aged Children, Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

5. *Wang, J., Lopez-Reyna, N.,& Kim, S. (2023). Word Problem Solving Interventions for English Learners at Elementary Grade Levels: A Review of the Literature, Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal.

6. *Kang, V., Kim, S., & *Wang, J. (2023). Experiences of Family Collaboration in Early Intervention among Korean and Chinese Caregivers. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 25(1), 30–52.


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

MEd Early Childhood Special Education, University of Texas at Austin

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D) # 1-20-43236