Doris F. Chang, PhD

Associate Professor, Silver School of Social Work, New York University
Co-Investigator, New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Center for Excellence in Cultural Competence

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Doris F. Chang is an Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology at the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. At NYU, she teaches didactic and practicum courses on race, ethnicity, culture and mental health. She is also a licensed psychologist who maintains a private practice in New York City.

Dr. Chang’s research seeks to improve the well-being of racial and ethnic minorities by a) clarifying the role of race, ethnicity, language and culture in shaping mental health and quality of care, b) identifying strategies for improving interracial processes and outcomes, and c) developing inclusive, culturally-grounded interventions for clinical and educational contexts that integrate mindfulness and other contemplative traditions. She has particular expertise in Asian American mental health and diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in education.  In 2018, she was awarded a PEACE grant from the Mind and Life Institute to develop and pilot a mindfulness-based critical consciousness training program for K-5 teachers. Her work with the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence aims at developing a web-based model of bilingual health communication that trains interpreters to act as cultural brokers to facilitate cultural understanding and communication between providers and patients with limited English proficiency.

Previously, Dr. Chang was Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research. She is a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. In 2006, she received the Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association.