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SungWoo Kahng Elected to Board of National Accreditation Organization

Dr. SungWoo Kahng, Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions and Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Services Division at the Thompson Center, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  

The BACB was established to meet the professional credentialing needs of behavior analysts and their consumers and currently has over 50,000 registrants throughout the world at multiple certification levels. The organization’s mission is to protect consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis services worldwide by establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards of training and practice. The Board of Directors, on which Dr. Kahng will serve, establishes the BACB’s mission and vision, and oversees management of the organization.

Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, is one of the most effective treatments for children with autism and is a rapidly expanding area of specialization in behavior science. “Our profession has seen an explosive growth over the years and the BACB has been an integral part of this growth,” said Dr. Kahng. “I am excited about the opportunity to help guide the organization as well as the field of ABA.”

Dr. Kahng has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), one of the primary credentials administered by the BACB, since 2001 and recently developed a master’s degree program in ABA at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. “Dr. Kahng’s extensive background in, knowledge of and passion for ABA make him a tremendous fit for this leadership role at BCBA,” said Dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Dr. Kristofer Hagglund.

Dr. Kahng will serve a three-year term on the board and says his primary focus is on those who receive ABA services. “My aspirations are to work with the board to strengthen our profession, which will result in the best possible outcomes for families in need of ABA services.”

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