So Hyun “Sophy” Kim is an assistant professor at the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a clinical researcher with an extensive background in the identification of early behavioral phenotypes and examining developmental trajectories of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
She has led collaborative efforts with Catherine Lord to develop a new language assessment tool, the Observation of Spontaneous Expressive Language (OSEL), which is now undergoing a national norm based on a partnership with the publisher Western Psychological Services. She has also led the development of the new treatment outcome measures for ASD, the Brief Observation of Social Communication Change (BOSCC) with Lord.
Currently, she is a principal investigator of a project funded by the National Institute for Mental Health that is designed to examine the mechanisms of early, parent-mediated interventions for toddlers with ASD (1R01MH114925-01). Most recently, Kim has led efforts to examine school readiness in kindergarteners with ASD while integrating behavioral and electrophysiological methods (event-related potentials and electroencephalography), with a particular focus on executive function.