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SungWoo Kahng, Ph.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2844
SungWoo Kahng is a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as a previous director of training for the Department of Behavioral Psychology.
Dr. Kahng graduated in 1990 from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology. He continued his education in psychology at the University of Florida where he received a master's of science in 1996 and a doctorate in 1999. Dr. Kahng joined the staff of the neurobehavioral unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in 1999. He is currently on the board of editors of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Intervention, an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell and a board-certified behavior analyst. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been invited to present at regional, national and international events, as well as to consult for numerous organizations. He has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed articles and chapters. He has served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the National Institute of Health's Center for Scientific Review. He is co-director of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Dr. Kahng has conducted research on the behavioral assessment of severe problem behaviors (e.g., self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property destruction) exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. Much of his research has focused on functional behavioral assessment technology, which is used to identify the determinants of problem behaviors. This includes evaluation of functional behavioral assessment procedures (e.g., scatter plot and brief functional analysis), as well as the refinement of such procedures.
Dr. Kahng has also conducted research on behavioral interventions for severe problem behavior. His research has focused on the acquisition of functional communication skills to decrease problem behaviors, as well as the alteration of motivational variables for problem behaviors. His other research interests include childhood obesity, pediatric feeding disorders, computerized systems of data collection and the prevention and early intervention of self-injurious behavior.