Professor Chang investigates ethnic/racial disparities in mental health and sociocultural influences on social support, help seeking, and psychological functioning among diverse ethnic/racial groups, involving studies of White, Latino, and Asian American populations. Her research has focused on protective and risk factors associated with academic achievement among ethnic minority youth. She was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program (2009-2012) to examine the relationship between social networks and mental health among Asian and Latino Americans.
Chang, J., & Samson, F. L. (2018). Ethnically heterogeneous friendships and symptoms of depression and anxiety among Filipino Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9(2), 158-168.
Tummala-Narra, P., Li, Z., Chang, J., Yang, E. J., Jiang, J., Sagherian, M., Phan, J., & Alfonso, A. (2018). Developmental and contextual correlates of mental health and help seeking among Asian American college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/ort0000317.
Cheng, A. W., Chang, J., O’Brien, J., Budgazad, M. S., & Tsai, J. (2017). Model minority stereotype: Influence on perceived mental health needs of Asian Americans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(3), 572-581.
Professor Chang views learning as collaborative and interactive, encouraging her students to take an active part in their learning. In her classes, students learn to make meaningful connections between what they learn and what they observe and experience in everyday life. She also believes some of the best learning experiences come from faculty-student interactions and self-discovery.