Ezer Kang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2011

Office: BGC M221
Phone: (630)752-7051
Fax: (630)752-7033


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology, 1999

Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology, Boston University Medical Center, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, 1999

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in HIV/AIDS Research, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2000

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Illinois) # 071.008115

M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, 1996

B.A., Psychology & Religious Studies, New York University, 1993

Licensure & Certifications

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, 2011

About Ezer Kang

The microbe is nothing; the terrain everything” (L. Pasteur, 1895). HIV/AIDS discriminately proliferates in socially and economically disadvantaged terrains. How does a broadened understanding of such terrains help inform interventions and guide policies aimed to redeem the humanity of marginalized persons living with the virus? This question has guided Dr. Kang’s work with undocumented Asian immigrants, perinatally HIV-infected children and adolescents, adults triply diagnosed with HIV, psychiatric illness, and substance dependence in Harlem, NY, and families affected by iatrogenic pediatric HIV in rural China and Kazakhstan. In addition to his teaching and current research in Chiang Mai, Kigali, Delhi, and Chicago, Dr. Kang continues his clinical work with adolescents living with perinatally acquired HIV at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Division of Infectious Disease), and adults with HIV/AIDS at Lawndale Christian Health Center. In his personal time, Dr. Kang enjoys running and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

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Courses Taught

  • Class, Race, Gender, Religion, & Sexual Identity in Clinical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • HIV and Global Cities: Applied Community Psychology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)
  • American Academy of Religion


Dr. Kang’s research broadly examines how individual, family, and structural factors interact to influence socioemotional functioning among the urban poor - with a focus on persons living with HIV in resource-limited settings. His research to date has focused on disparities in access to HIV care and stigma among undocumented Asian immigrants, protective and risk behaviors among adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV, faith-based and public health partnerships in HIV prevention and care, and influences of urban poverty on childhood neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes. Dr. Kang works collaboratively with students, community-based organizations, and researchers on these issues in the Community Health and Justice Lab at Wheaton College.  


  • Kang, E. (2016). Fulbright Specialist Grant, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. 
  • Kang, E. (2015). HIV Stigma and Social Distance: Application of Conflict Transformation Intervention Principles in Rwanda (in partnership with CARSA). GW Aldeen Grant & Graduate Faculty Research Grant.
  • Kang, E. (2014). Neuropsychological functioning and quality of life outcomes in youth living with perinatal HIV in Thailand. Global Experiential Learning Faculty Global Research Grant, Wheaton College.
  • Kang, E. (2013). Primary care "placed" brief assessment of neurocognitive and behavioral functioning in older children with perinatally acquired HIV. Fulbright Specialist Award (Project #5280). Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Medicine Grant, Department of Pediatrics.
  • Kang, E. (2013). Sustained influences of the 1994 genocide on transmission of inter-ethnic division in Rwanda. Society for Community Research and Action Community Action Grant (#2013-01)
  • Kang, E. (2012). Exploratory collaborative with faith-based HIV/AIDS programming in West Delhi with Emmanuel Hospital Association. GW Aldeen Grant, Wheaton College.
  • Chin, J.J., Mantell J., Weiss, L., & Kang, E. (2007 - 2012). Organizational change toward HIV involvement in immigrant religious organizations. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).
  • Chin, J.J., Weiss, L., & Kang, E. (2006 - 2007). Needs assessment of Asian immigrants living with HIV in New York City areas. US Health, Resources, and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau.
  • Kang E. & Remien, R. (2003-2004). HIV stigma and health promoting behaviors among Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) living with HIV. Columbia-Rockefeller Center on AIDS Research. 
  • Kang, E. & Remien, R. (2001-2002). Determinants of medical adherence among APIs living with HIV Disease. National Institute of Mental Health, Office of AIDS Research. 
  • Kang, E. & Rapkin, B. (2000-2001). VOICES: Narratives of Asians and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS. HRSA. 

Refereed Publications

  • Kang, E., Delzell, D., Mbonyingabo, C., & Ngendahayo, S. (in press). Exposure to the 1994 genocide and survivor attitudes towards génocidaires: 20-year post-script. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.
  • Kang, E., Delzell, D., McNamara, P.E., Cuffey, J., & Matthew, S. (2016). Poverty indicators and mental health functioning among adults living with HIV in Delhi, India. AIDS Care 28(4), 416-422.
  • Kang, E., Delzell, D., Chhabra, M., & Oberdorfer, P. (2015). Factors associated with high rates of antiretroviral medication adherence among adolescents living with perinatal HIV in Thailand. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 26(8), 534-541.
  • Kang, E. (2015). Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) stigma: Spoiled social identity and Jürgen Moltmann's trinitarian model of the imago Dei. International Journal of Public Theology, 9(2015), 289-312.
  • Kang, E., Delzell, D., Chin, J.J., Behar, E., & Li, M.Y. (2013). Influences of stigma and HIV transmission knowledge on member support for faith-placed HIV initiatives in Chinese immigrant Buddhist and Protestant religious institutions in New York City. AIDS Education and Prevention, 25(5), 445-456.
  • Kang, E. (2013). Stigma (pp. 393-396); Orphans (with Kang. C., pp. 315-318); Christianity (with Arute, D., pp. 137-140). In S. Loue (Ed.) HIV/AIDS Reference for Mental Health Professionals. New York: Springer Press. 
  • Bauermeister, J.A., Elkington, K.S., Robbins, R.N., Kang, E., & Mellins, C.A. (2012). A prospective study of the onset of sexual behavior and sexual risk in youth perinatally infected with HIVJournal of Sex Research, 49(5), 413-422.
  • Kang, E., Mellins, C.A., Dolezal, C., Elkington, K.S., & Abrams, E.A. (2011). Disadvantaged neighborhood influences on anxiety and depression in children with perinatally acquired human immunodeficiency virus: How life stressors matter. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(8), 956-971.
  • Kang, E., Chin, J.J., & Behar, E. (2011). Faith-based HIV care and prevention in Asian immigrant communities in New York City. Rhetoric or reality? Journal of Psychology & Theology, Special Issue "Faith in Practice: Reflections on Community Psychology in Action” 39, 268-279.
  • Chin, J.J., Li, M.Y., Kang, E., Behar, E., & Chen, P.C. (2011). Civic / sanctuary orientations and HIV involvement among Chinese immigrant churches and Buddhist temples in New York City. Global Public Health, Special Issue "HIV and Religion" 6(S2), S210-S226.
  • Brackis-Cott, E., Kang, E., Dolezal, C., Abrams, E., & Mellins, C.A. (2009). The impact of perinatal HIV infection on older school-aged children's and adolescent's receptive language and word recognition skills. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 23(6), 415-421.
  • Brackis-Cott, E., Kang, E., Dolezal, C., Abrams, E., & Mellins, C.A. (2009). Brief report: Language ability and school functioning of youth perinatally infected with HIV. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 23(3), 158-164.
  • Humphrey, N. & Kang, E. (2009). The role of the psychologist in a medical setting: The multidisciplinary team approach. In S. Davis, P. Giordano, & C. Licht (Eds.). Your Career in Psychology: Putting Your Graduate Degree to Work.  New York: Wiley Blackwell Publishers.
  • Kang, E., Mellins, C.A., Ng, WYK, Robinson, L.G. & Abrams, E.A. (2008). Standing between two worlds in Harlem: A developmental psychopathology perspective of perinatally acquired human immunodeficiency virus and adolescence. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29(2008), 227-237.
  • Kang, E. & Rapkin, B.D. (2008). Why tell? Serostatus disclosure and HIV stigma among Asian and Pacific Islander Men Who Sex With Men living with HIV illness in New York City. In S. Loue (Ed.) Health Issues Confronting Minority Men Who Have Sex with Men (p. 197-218). New York: Springer Press.
  • Kang, E., Rapkin, B.D., & DeAlmeida C. (2006). Are psychological consequences of stigma enduring or transitory? A longitudinal study of HIV stigma and psychological distress among Asians and Pacific Islanders living with HIV illness. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 20(10), 712-723.
  • Chin, J., Kang, E., Kim, H.J., Martinez, J., & Eckholdt, H. (2006). Service delivery for Asians and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS: Challenges and lessons learned. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 17, 910-927.
  • Kang, E., Rapkin, B.D., Remien, R.H., Mellins, C.A., & Oh, A. (2005). Multiple dimensions of HIV stigma and psychological distress among Asians and Pacific Islanders living with HIV illness. AIDS & Behavior, 9(2), 145-154.
  • Kang, E., Rapkin, B., Springer, C. & Kim, H.J. (2003). The “demon plague” and access to care among undocumented Asian immigrants living with HIV disease in New York City. Journal of Immigrant Health, 5(2), 49-58.
  • Kang, E. & Rapkin, B. (2003). Adherence to antiretroviral medication among undocumented Asians living with HIV disease in New York City. The Community Psychologist, 36(2), 35-38.
  • Mellins, C.A., Kang, E., Leu, C.S., Havens, J.F., & Chesney, M. (2003). A longitudinal study of mental health and psychosocial predictors of medical treatment adherence in mothers living with HIV disease. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 17(8), 407-416.
  • Kang, E. (1997). Group psychotherapy for Asian Pacific Islander men with HIV disease: Clinical considerations. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 19(2), 176-177.

Presented Scholarship

  • Kang, E., Delzell, D., Yu, A., Chin, J.J., Behar, E., & Li, M.Y. (2013, March). Mobilizing HIV care and prevention among Chinese religious institutions in New York City: A necessary return to basics. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University. New York.
  • Banks, A., Chacko, R., Kang, E., Miller, S., Torres, K., & Dayton, B. (2013, March). Integrated HIV care and prevention in urban African American and Latino communities: A faith-based setting and approach. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Health Disparities Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University. New York.
  • Kang, E., Mellins, C.A., Dolezal, C., Santamaria, E.K., Gramadzka, O., & Elkington, K. (2012, July). What's supportive about social support? A meditational model for social support and health related quality of life for mothers living with HIV in New York City. Poster presented at XIX International AIDS Conference. Washington DC.
  • Kang, E., Chin, J., Chen, P.C., Li, M.Y., & Behar, E. (2011, November). Ethnic churches, Chinese immigrants, and HIV in New York City: Inconvenient but necessary bedfellows. Paper presented at the Annual Academy of Religion Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Kang, E., Humphrey, N., Rapkin, B., Licht, C., Robinson, L. G., Chiriboga, C. A., & Abrams, E.A. (2010, July). Residential poverty, AIDS diagnoses, and psychiatric illness: Potential influences on neurocognitive functioning in older children with perinatally acquired HIV in Harlem. Oral Presentation TUAX0102, XVIII International AIDS Conference. Vienna, Austria.
  • Schlecht, J.S., Kang, E., Brown, K., Knight, J., Robinson, L.G., & Alao, O. (2010, July). Transitioning HIV-positive youth to adult medical care in Harlem. Poster Presentation, XVIII International AIDS Conference. Vienna, Austria.
  • Kang, E. (2009, June). Pediatric HIV disclosure preparation in families with a child living with nosocomial HIV infection in South Kazakhstan Oblast. Almaty Oblast AIDS Center, Kazakhstan.
  • Kang, E. (2007, June). HIV prevention and mental health risk factors in HIV perinatally infected adolescents: Research-based implications for intervention. 3rd Annual NIMH-MRC. Durban, South Africa.
  • Kang, E. (2007, January). Serostatus disclosure to newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients in Yunnan: Necessary challenges and dilemmas. Invited lecturer at Dali Medical College, Yunnan, China.
  • Kang, E. (2006, February). Keep your head high: All grown and living with perinatal HIV in Harlem. Invited lecture at Fuller Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Psychology 40th Annual Integration Symposium, Pasadena, California.
  • Kang, E. (2004, April). Mountains beyond mountains: Considerations (complications) of working with perinatally HIV-infected children and adolescents in an urban medical clinic. Invited lecture at the 10th Annual Student Alliance for Multicultural and Mental Health Issues (SAMMI) Multicultural Conference, Seton Hall University, New Jersey.
  • Kang, E., Chin, J.J., & Terada Ports, S. (2001, February). Linking research, programs, and policy for an integrated response to HIV disease among Asian and Pacific Islander undocumented non-citizens. Symposia program presented at the 18th Annual Teachers College Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education, New York.
  • Kang, E., Rapkin, B., Murphy, P.D., Muñoz, M.A., Valentin, A. (2000, August). Families affected by HIV/AIDS: Problems presented during a family-based intervention. Poster presented at the 108th Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • Kang, E., Bjorck, J.P., & Watts, M.S. (1999, August). Optimism, coping, and psychological distress among HIV-seropositive and AIDS-diagnosed men. Poster session presented at the 107th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston.

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