Autism Academic & Applied Services Welcomes SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA

Mar, 2018

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SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA

The Autism Academic & Applied Services Division of GSAPP welcomes SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D., BCBA, to the faculty of the Department of Applied Psychology at GSAPP this summer. He is appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services, where he will support the mission of both programs providing clinical consultation and graduate student training in best practices for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis across the lifespan. Dr. Kahng will additionally support the academic mission of the Autism Academic & Applied Services Division of GSAPP through the development of new academic programs.


SungWoo Kahng is coming from the University of Missouri (MU), where he served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Psychology, the Founding Director the MU Graduate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Prior to his position at the University of Missouri, he was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also served on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Interventions and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Missouri. Dr. Kahng is on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the Missouri Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating maladaptive behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to his work related to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, Dr. Kahng is also interested in a broader research agenda including topics related to obesity and aging. Finally, Dr. Kahng has extensive experience as a student mentor/advisor as he has served as a supervisor to numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.


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