• Doris Chang

    Associate Professor of Psychology


    Doris F. Chang is Associate Professor of Psychology at the NSSR and a Co-Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

    Her research seeks to address disparities in the quality of mental health services for racial and ethnic minorities by a) describing the role of race, ethnicity, and culture in mental health and service delivery, b) identifying strategies for improving intercultural interactions, specifically those occurring between racially, ethnically, and culturally-different providers and patients, and c) developing empirically and culturally-grounded therapeutic interventions.  She has particular expertise in Chinese American and other Asian American communities. In 2006, she received the Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association.

    Dr. Chang teaches didactic and clinical practicum courses on race, ethnicity, and culture and other dimensions of social identity as they shape psychological experience and clinical treatment. In addition to teaching, she works closely with approximately 20 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students engaged in psychological research under her supervision.  Students interested in getting involved in her Culture and Mental Health Research Lab, should click here.

    Concentrations: Race, ethnicity, culture and mental health; Psychotherapy process and outcomes with ethnic minority patients; Racial microaggressions in the therapy relationship; Interventions for improving the therapeutic alliance in ethnically and linguistically mismatched patient-therapist dyads; Taoist-based cognitive therapy for Chinese patients with generalized anxiety disorder.

    Personal Homepage

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2000, University of California at Los Angeles

    Recent Publications:

    *Benjamin, T., Chang, D.F., & Steele, M. (In press). Fa’a’amu kinship care in Tahiti: a qualitative study of experiences and adult well-being. Adoption Quarterly

    *Somerville, W., *Marcus, S., & Chang, D.F. (In press). Multicultural competence-focused peer supervision: A mixed methods study of psychology trainees. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Supervision.

    Sahdra, B., Ciarrochi, J., Parker, P.D., Craven, R., Brockman, R., Devine, E.K., Conigrave, J., & Chang, D.F. (In press). Discrimination as a frame-of-reference effect in overlapping friendship communities of ethnically diverse youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

    *Somerville, W., *Williams, S., *Miao, Y., *Dunn, J., & Chang, D. F. (In press). Identifying and Remediating Personal Prejudice: What Does the Evidence Say?" In L. Benuto, M. Duckworth, A. Masuda, & W. O’Donohue (Eds.), Prejudice, Stigma, Privilege, and Oppression: A Behavioral Health Handbook. Springer.  

    Chang, D.F., *Miao, I.Y., & Cao, Y.P. (In press). Returning to the source: The development and application of Taoist Cognitive Therapy to Chinese immigrants in the United States. In Y.P. Cao (Ed.), Psychotherapy and Counseling: Clinical Research and Analysis. People's Health Publishing House. [In Chinese]. 

    Okun, L., Chang, D.F., Kanhai, G., Dunn, J., Easley, H. Inverting the power dynamic: The Process of first sessions of psychotherapy with therapists of color and non-Latino white patients. Journal of Counseling Psychology 64(4), 443, (2017)

    Chang, D.F., Hung, T., Ng, N., Ling, A., Chen, T., Cao, Y., Zhang, Y. Taoist cognitive therapy: Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in a Chinese immigrant woman. Asian American Journal of Psychology, (2016).

    Lau, A.S., Chang, D.F., Okazaki, S., Bernal, G. Psychotherapy outcome research with ethnic minorities: What is the agenda? in W. S. Zane, G. Bernal, & F. T. L. Leong (Eds.) Evidence-based psychological practice with ethnic minorities: Culturally informed research and clinical strategies. American Psychological Association Books, (2016).

    Qijia, S., Ping, Y., Chang, D.F., Senf, W.  Counseling and Psychotherapy in China: Yang's Story. International Counseling Case Studies Handbook, (2015).

    Ruglass, L. M., Hien, D. A., Hu, M, Campbell, A. N. C., Caldeira, N., Miele, G. M., & Chang, D. Racial/Ethnic Match and Treatment Outcomes for Women with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Receiving Community-Based TreatmentCommunity Mental Health Journal, (2014).

    Yeung, A., & Chang, D.F. Mood disorders in Asians. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, Special issue on Adult Psychopathology, (2014).

    Chang, D.F., & Yoon, P.  Clients’ perceptions of the significance and impact of race in cross-racial therapy. (PDF) Psychotherapy Research, (2011).

    Cao, Y.P., Zhang Y.L., Chang, D.F., Yang, S.C., & Wang, G.Q. Correlations between self-reported symptoms and psychosocial factors of perpetrators of domestic violence in China: Findings from a population-based sample. Chinese Medical Journal, (2011). (In Chinese)

    Lau, A.S., Chang, D.F., & Okazaki, S. Methodological challenges in treatment outcome research with ethnic minorities. (PDF) Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, (2010).

    Chang, D.F., & Berk, A. (2009). Making Cross-Racial Therapy Work: A Phenomenological Study of clients’ Experiences of Cross-Racial Therapy. (PDF) Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56(4), 521-536.

    Chang, D.F., Shen, B.J., & Takeuchi, D.T. (2009). Prevalence and demographic correlates of intimate partner violence in Asian Americans. (PDF) International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32, 167-175.

    Chang, D.F., Myers, H.F., Yeung, A., Zhang, Y., Zhao, J., & Yu, S. (2005). Shenjing Shuairuo and the DSM-IV: Diagnosis, Distress, and Disability in a Chinese Primary Care Setting. (PDF) Transcultural Psychiatry, 42, 204-218.

    * indicates a student co-author

    Research Interests:

    My research seeks to address ethnic disparities in the access and quality of mental health services. I am particularly interested in how race, ethnicity, and culture shape mental health and psychotherapy relationships, and the development of interventions for improving treatment outcomes for minority patients.

    Current Courses:

    Clin Prac: NS Counsel Ctr

    Clin Prac: NS Counsel Ctr (Fall 2018)

    Clin Prac:Work w/Diverse Pop (Fall 2018)

    Ethnicity in Clinical Theory/P

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Fall 2018)


    Internship (Fall 2018)

    Senior Work Project

    Senior Work Project (Fall 2018)