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July 7, 2011

Kang Joins Psychology Faculty at Wheaton College

Ezer Kang

Dr. Ezer Kang recently joined the Wheaton College faculty as an associate professor of psychology.

Kang previously held a joint appointment as Director of HIV Mental Health Services at Harlem Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatric Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

His research and clinical work for the past 12 years focused on children and adolescents with perinatally acquired HIV and undocumented Asian immigrants living with HIV. More recently, his scholarly writings have addressed the influences of disadvantaged neighborhoods on childhood neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes, and ways to forge partnerships between faith-based and public health organizations for HIV prevention and care.

Kang will teach students in Wheaton’s Doctorate of Psychology program.

“My family’s decision to join the Wheaton community was largely influenced by the Psy.D. program’s distinctive commitment to challenge mental health practitioners to preferentially serve persons unjustly excluded by society, and to pursue scholarship that dismantles structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and inequality,” Kang says. “To be part of a movement at Wheaton to prepare forthcoming generations of psychologists to passionately engage this distinctive call as Christians humbles me. I look forward with great anticipation to working collaboratively with students on these issues at Wheaton College.”

”Dr. Kang will strengthen the outreach of Wheaton’s psychology department in the areas of diversity and distinctively Christian care to marginalized populations,” says Wheaton College Provost Stanton Jones. “His work exploring sociocultural factors related to HIV/AIDS is fascinating, and he has a heart for outreach to the community.”

Kang is a graduate of New York University, where he earned a B.A. in psychology and religious studies. He completed an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary.