Dr. Irang Kim’s research builds on more than ten years of professional experience supporting individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities (DDs) and their families. Her study is focused on two areas: 1) examination of disparities in underserved communities of children with autism and other DDs; and 2) development of empirically based, culturally relevant interventions for parents of young children with autism.
Dr. Kim received a MSW from the University of South Carolina and a PhD from the University of Georgia. Given the lack of knowledge of ethnic minority families, her dissertation focused on caregiving experiences of Korean American immigrant parents of children with DDs. With funding from the Organization for Autism Research, she conducted a rigorous qualitative study.
In current role as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the mentorship of Sarah Dababnah, PhD, MPH, MSW, she is dedicating her time to two community-based studies in Maryland. First, she coordinate a feasibility study of a peer-led program for Black families in low-income Baltimore communities raising young children with autism. Second, she is leading the project to better understand service need and barriers of Asian American families raising children with DDs in Maryland.
Expertise and Research Interests
- Services and Support for Individuals with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
- Disparities in culturally diverse communities of individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
- Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism
- Intersectionality between Developmental Disabilities and Other Areas of Practice
- Community-Based Research and Practice
- Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- Kim, I., & Dababnah, S. (2019). Appreciation of the ‘subtle changes’: Perspectives of Korean American parents raising children with developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10882-019-09693-1
- Elkins, J., Briggs, H E., Miller, K., Kim, I., & Mowbray, O. (2019). Associations between adverse childhood experiences, major depressive episode and chronic physical health outcomes in adolescents: Moderation of race/ethnicity. Social Work in Public Health. 34(5), 444-456. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2019.1617216.