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Janet Chang, Ph.D.

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Wayne Hall
125 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Undergraduate Office: 5th Floor Room 502
Phone: 610-436-2945
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Graduate Office: 5th Floor Room 506
Phone: 610-436-2532
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Janet Chang, Ph.D.

Janet Chang, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • B.A., Swarthmore College
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Office Phone: 610-436-3443
  • Office Room Number: Wayne Hall 5th Floor Room 533
  • Preferred Means of Contact: The best way to reach me is email, phone, or during my office hours.
  • Email Janet Chang

Office Hours Fall 2019

  • Tuesday 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Courses Typically Taught

  • PSY120 Multicultural Psychology
  • PSY254 Social Psychology
  • PSY410/510 Research in Psychology
  • PSY540 Multicultural Psychology
  • PSY609 Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSY705 Multicultural Clinical Psychology

Brief Description of Research Interests

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.

Selected Representative Publications

  •  Chang, J., Wang, S., Mancini, C., McGrath-Mahrer, B., & Orama de Jesus, S. (accepted for publication). The complexity of cultural mismatch in higher education: Norms affecting first-generation college students’ coping and help-seeking behaviors. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

  • Chiang, M., Chang, J., Nakash, O., Cruz-Gonzalez, M., Fillbrunn, M. K., & Alegría, M. (2019). Changes in patient activation and mental illness symptoms after communication training: A multisite study with a diverse patient population. Psychiatric Services. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1176/
  • 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.

  • Chang, J. (2015). The interplay between collectivism and social support processes among Asian and Latino American college students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6(1), 4-14.
  • Chang, J., Chen, C.-N., & Alegría, M. (2014). Contextualizing social support: Pathways to help seeking in Latinos, Asian Americans, and Whites. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33(1), 1-24.
  • Chang, J., Natsuaki, M. N., & Chen, C.-N. (2013). The importance of family factors and generation status: Mental health service use among Latino and Asian Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(3), 236-247.
  • Chang, J., & Le, T. N. (2010). Multiculturalism as a dimension of school climate: The impact on the academic achievement of Asian American and Hispanic youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(6), 485-492.
  • Chang, J., & Sue, S. (2005). Culturally sensitive research: Where have we gone wrong and what do we need to do now? In M. G. Constantine & D. W. Sue (Eds.), Strategies for building multicultural competence in mental health and educational settings (pp. 229-246). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Brief Description of Teaching Philosophy

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.

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