Jeong Hoon Choi

Hoon Choi
  • Associate Director of Research and Evaluation, SWIFT Education Center

Contact Info

SWIFT Education Center, Suite 208D
1315 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, KS 66049-3830


Dr. Jeong Hoon Choi is an Assistant Research Professor for the Life Span Institute, SWIFT Education Center and is a member of the Center’s Executive Team. His experience and training prepared him for various roles to effectively carry out research. He participated in multiple transformation projects focused on school leadership,  and instructional and behavioral support systems, including social emotional learning, within an Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework. His interest in the schoolwide tiered support system undergirding MTSS dates back to his doctoral research of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Before his role at KU, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Instruction and Leadership Department of Louisiana Tech University. In his current role as Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at SWIFT, he leads research and analyses to investigate and examine evidence of equity-based MTSS.


Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Kansas, 2007
M.A. in Special Education, University of Kansas, 2002
M.A. in Music Therapy, Sookmyung University, 1999, Seoul, South Korea
B.A. in Rehabilitation Psychology, Daegu University, 1997, Gyeongsan, South Korea

Selected Publications

Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W.  (2020). Achievement of students with IEPs and associated relationships with an inclusive MTSS framework. The Journal ofSpecial Education. 54(3):157–168. doi: 10.1177/0022466919897408

Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W.  (2020). Reshaping educational systems to realize the promise of inclusive education. FIRE: Forum for International Researchin Education, 6(1), 8–23. doi: 10.32865/fire202061179

Choi, J. H., McCart, A. B., Hicks, T. A., & Sailor, W.  (2019). An analysis of mediating effects of school leadership on MTSS implementation. The Journal of Special Education, 53(1), 15–27. doi: 10.1177/0022466918804815

Gross, J. M. S., Choi, J. H., Francis, G. L. (2018). Perceptions of Family Engagement and Support in SWIFT Schools. Inclusion, 6(1), 60-74.

Kozleski, E. B. & Choi, J. H. (2018). Leadership for Equity and Inclusivity in Schools:  The Cultural Work of Inclusive Schools, Inclusion, 6(1), 33-44.

Choi, J. H., Meisenheimer, J. M., McCart, A. B., & Sailor, W. (2017). improving learning for all students through equity-based inclusive reform practices: effectiveness of a fully integrated schoolwide model on student reading and math achievement. Remedial and Special Education, 38(1), 28-41. doi: 10.1177/0741932516644054.


Selected Presentations

Hicks, T., McCart, A., & Choi, J. H. (2018, Apr). Exploring the Relationship Between Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Inclusion: Fixed Effects Modeling With Bayesian Analysis. Presented at the AERA Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Choi, J. H., Hicks, T., & Sailor, W. (2018, Feb). Relation Between Implementation of Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) and Student Outcomes. Presented at the 2018 CEC Annual Convention & Expo, Tampa, FL.

Hicks, T., Choi, J. H., & Sailor, W. (2018, Feb). Equity-Based MTSS: A Framework for Inclusion. Presented at the 2018 CEC Annual Convention & Expo, Tampa, FL.

Choi, J. H. (2018, Dec). Evidence from the SWIFT Model of Inclusive School Reform Evaluation. Presented at the 2017 TASH Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Hicks, T. & Choi, J. H. (2017, Apr). MTSS: A Framework for Increasing Peer Engagement in Shared Educational Environments. Presented at the 2017 CEC Annual Convention & Expo, Boston, MA.

Choi, J. H. & Hicks, T. (2016, Jul). Befriending Data: Everyone Counts in a SWIFT School. Presented at the SWIFT National Professional Learning Institute, Arlington, Texas.