Dr. Edward C. Chang
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Edward C. Chang is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Social Work and a Faculty Associate in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Chang received his B.A. in psychology and philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Chang completed his APA-accredited clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital Center-New York University Medical Center. He has served as chapter President of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society. Dr. Chang has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences, the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology, and is currently an Associate Editor of Cognitive Therapy and Research and the American Psychologist. Dr. Chang has published over a 100 works on optimism and pessimism, perfectionism, social problem solving, and cultural influences on behavior. He is the editor of nearly a dozen works, including the forthcoming Cognitive-Behavioral Models, Measures, and Treatments for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Ethnic and Racial groups (American Psychological Association). Dr. Chang has been identified as one of the 70 "top producers" of scholarly works in clinical psychology, from a pool of 1,927 core clinical faculty from Ph.D. programs across the U.S. He was also selected for the Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology in 2012. His works have received wide media coverage, from The Chronicles of Higher Education to the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Chang has taught a variety of courses over the years, including Introduction to Psychology, Personality Theory, Behavior Therapy, Race and Gender, Health Psychology, Advanced Research Lab in Psychopathology, and Adult Psychopathology. He has taught Introduction to Psychopathology each and every year since he was a graduate student. Dr. Chang has directly mentored one of the highest numbers of undergraduate students within the department. He was recognized for his many years of teaching excellence at the University of Michigan by being selected for the LSA Excellence in Education Award in 2008 and the University Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2011.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Malu Castro is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He earned his B.A. in Psychology. Malu’s research focus has been split between two main areas: (1) examining the role of ethnic identity and cultural participation in promoting psychological well-being, and (2) the assessment of IPV survivors’ needs to improve community-level interventions.
Grace Y. Cho
Grace Y. Cho received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and international relations from Boston University in 2009. She recently completed her master’s thesis with Dr. Matthew Nock’s lab at Harvard University and is currently a Research Assistant with Dr. John Weisz’s lab at Harvard University.
Amaia de la Fuente
University of the Basque Country
Amaia de la Fuente is a Ph.D. student of the Psychodidactic Program at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). She also graduated from the UPV/EHU in Social Education to earn a Master’s degree in Psychodidactics. Amaia´s primary research interest lies in the impact of social problem solving and the coping strategies in the motivation and the performance of the ungraduated students, as well as how age and sex could impact in this relation. In her spare time, Amaia loves to dance, play sports and read. Growing in the Basque Country she hopes to use her knowledge and research to help people and the University.
Jerin Lee recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics. Jerin is attending the University of Michigan as a graduate student through the Accelerated Master's Degree Program (AMDP) in Psychology, focusing on Clinical Science. Jerin is currently interested in health behaviors, interpersonal relationships, and decision-making (e.g., motivation), as well as the similarities between and differences across the perceptions and adjustment of individuals from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, writing, and reading. After earning her M.S. in Psychology through the AMDP, Jerin hopes to further her education in Clinical Psychology and pursue a PhD.
Mingqi is a senior student majoring in Psychology at Skidmore College in upstate New York. Her research interests center on understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of psychopathology and how psychopathology affects one’s quality of life. She has a specific interest in studying eating disorders; focusing on clarify the causes of eating disorders in diverse groups and understanding the personal and interpersonal consequences eating disorders in diverse groups. She is also interested in understanding the impact of the family environment on facilitating personal growth, performance (e.g., academic performance), and psychological adjustment in children. She enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time and has a genuine curiosity in people. Mingqi plans to continue her education in Developmental or Clinical Psychology and pursue a PhD. She hopes to use her knowledge about science and research studies to help more people.
Abigael Lucas is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Gender and Health through the Women’s Studies Department. Abigael is a student in the University of Michigan's Accelerated Master's Degree Program (AMDP) in Psychology, where she is focusing her studies on Clinical Science. Abigael’s primary research interests lie in the impact of dynamic identities (e.g., gender, race, age, socioeconomic status) on mental and physical health outcomes, and the internal processes that mediate and external factors that moderate those associations in diverse adult populations. Given that she grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Abigael hopes to be able to better understand and service rural and other under-served communities through research. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering within the community, being outdoors, and reading. Upon graduating from the AMDP with her M.S. in Psychology, Abigael plans to continue her education by pursing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Savannah is a senior at Stanford University double majoring in Psychology and Asian American Studies. She is currently involved in culture and emotion research, as well as suicide prevention research. For her honors thesis, inspired by her own experience as the daughter of refugees, Savannah is studying the effects of intergenerational trauma on the mental health and well-being of the children of Southeast Asian refugees.
Yena Sharma Purmasir
NYU School of Medicine World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence
Yena Sharma Purmasir is a Research Assistant at the NYU School of Medicine World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence (NYUSOM CCE). She received her B.A. in Psychology at Swarthmore College in 2014, with a double minor in English Literature and Religion Studies.