The Kirk Group

The Kirk Group

April 20, 2007 08:00 ET

The Kirk Group: Renowned Korean-American Psychologist Disseminates Tragic VA Tech Shooting

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) - The number one expert in Korean-American clinical and forensic psychology, Dr. Sookyung Chang Ph.D., leads the healing dialogue on the recent VA Tech shooting horrors. Chang is the Korean community's most well known forensic psychologist in North America; she is frequently called upon to diagnose social adolescent horrors, portraying her special aptitude for deconstructing issues to the public.

About Cho's mental illness, Chang says, "His coming from Korea at a young age and not being able to assimilate successfully to the new country may have been a main cause of his severe mental illness. But Korean families typically shy away from dealing with mental illness; therefore, hiding the mental illness and rejecting psychological treatment is a very common practice."

The tragedy not only highlights issues in the Korean community, but also the larger scope of American healthcare. "This young man wasn't required to receive treatment and no other interventions were made. Not providing a necessary treatment and care to even after many warning signs points to the breakdown of our mental health delivery system and how mental health issues deserves serious attention," says Chang.

Chang is presently an Associate Professor at Inje Medical School in Korea as well as the Executive Director of the Korean American Family Service Centre, which is the largest mental health agency serving Korean-Americans in the Los Angeles area. With two appointments by the Mayor of Los Angeles, including her current post as Chairperson of the Los Angeles-Pusan Sister City Committee, she also sits on the Commission for the LA Medical Facility, is a columnist with Korean Times and speaks weekly on the Mental Health Talk Shows: Radio Korea, Radio Seoul and Christian Broadcasting Enterprise.

The Executive Director of Wiltern Clinic of Psychological Services, Sookyung Chang (Ph.D, TEP, QME, DABS) is a renowned psychologist, author, spokesperson and columnist and regularly provides psychodiagnostic evaluation, consultation, and expert testimony in criminal courts.

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