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Student Profile: Yearin Kim

June 04, 2020
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EdD graduate in the Faculty of Education

I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and specializing in research on supporting Korean-Canadian parents to advocate successfully for their children with Autism when working with teams who are unfamiliar or less familiar with the families’ cultural values. Throughout my years of ongoing education, I have continued working with children with Autism and their families, including with several Korean-Canadian families and within practices which address linguistic and cultural needs of Korean-Canadian families. I will continue supporting individuals and families in reaching their therapeutic and educational goals, in turn encouraging more productive and healthy lives within diverse communities.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I had previously completed a Masters in Education at SFU, and based on my very positive experience, I knew that my proposed doctoral research would build on what I achieved with my Masters and would be very well supported by SFU faculty and researchers. My research directly engaged the emergence of the neurodiversity movement as it impacts education, specifically through the lens of Korean-Canadian families with children with Autism.  SFU’s exceptional doctoral program and brilliant faculty added so much to the success of my research.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

My research investigates new possibilities and models for practitioners who work with Korean-Canadians who have a child with Autism, as they deal with acculturation and attempting to gain support while juggling two cultures. My study gathers and analyzes qualitative data on the perceptions of Autism, culture, and personhood from parents of children with Autism and from practitioners delivering services to children with Autism. My dissertation looks at the pressing need for continuing to expand Autism research and how Autism research specifically intersects with the experiences of Korean-Canadian families.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

Engaging, expert faculty; opportunities to connect with amazing peers; support in finding, engaging and interacting with my inquiry as an Autism practitioner. I found the dedication of the professors and the structure of the program very inspiring.