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  • Ph.D., Social Work, University of Kansas
  • M.A., Social Work, Korea University (MSW Equivalent accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE))
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, University of Seoul
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Gerontology and Community-Based Intervention Research, George Mason University
  • Lead Data Analyst and Research Assistant, Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO)
  • Principal Investigator, StrongerMemory (Phase II) Research Project: Experiences of Older Adults and Caregivers in an Intervention Program for Cognitive Impairment Funded by Virginia Center on Aging
  • Lead Data Analyst and Research Assistant, Kansas Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (MFEI) Project
  • Research Associate, R&D Dept, Seoul Welfare Foundation
  • Research Assistant, Projects funded by: Statistics Korea & Housing Census: In-depth study of the 2010 population data, Korean Social Enterprise Promotion Agency: Social enterprise curriculum development and impact assessment, and South Korea Ministry of Health & Welfare: Evaluating the future effectiveness of the National Long-term Care Insurance (NLTCI) Scheme
Professional Affiliations
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Social Work and Welfare Policy
  • Editorial Board, Open Access Journal of Frailty Science (OAJFS)
  • Member, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • Member, Korean American Social Work Educators Association (KASWEA)
  • Member, Aging & Social Change
Teaching & Research Interests
  • Dr. Kang has a deep passion for teaching, particularly in the areas of research methods, mezzo practice, and policy-oriented courses. His enthusiasm extends to teaching gerontology and cross-cultural competency & diversity courses as well. His teaching philosophy is anchored in social justice, reflected in all course materials, promoting fairness, equity, and the equitable distribution of power, resources, human development, and rights. Guided by an ecological perspective, he emphasizes the holistic role of a social worker, considering both micro and macro perspectives. He aims to prepare the academic environment for students by providing a wide range of learning resources to help them realize their full potential as future social workers.
  • Dr. Kang’s expertise lies in gerontology, the study of all aspects of aging. He is passionate about confronting ageism and creating a society that embraces the diversity and value of older people. Through research and advocacy, he strives to bridge the gap in understanding and improve the quality of life for older adults.
Research Interests
  • ageism, cognitive aging process, cognitive and behavioral intervention programs, mental health of older adults, and productive aging.

View Dr. Kang's Selected Works and Google Scholar Profile.

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