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.
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.
Collin Beavan is a sophomore at the University of Michigan currently studying Psychology with a potential minor in Crime and Justice. He is primarily interested in clinical psychology, however he is very active in several research areas and he hopes to maintain this activity for quite some time. When Collin is not furthering his academic education, he is usually found leading a wildlife conservation effort through Duck's Unlimited, meeting with student organizations, or looking for his next outdoor adventure. He aspires to one day attend graduate school in order to obtain a Ph.D in Psychology.
Rachel Eisner is a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Psychology and potentially minoring in Law, Justice, and Social Change. She is a member of the Club Synchronized Skating team and in her free time she enjoys skating, cycling, writing, and reading. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in Jury Selection. Her primary interests in the field of Psychology are related to psychological disorders and how they might impact an individual's ability to be a fair and unbiased juror.
Olivia Katamanin is a freshman at the University of Michigan, and she is currently studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. As a first generation Russian-American, Olivia strives to focus on minorities who have been overlooked in the medical field. In her free time, you can find Olivia either in the yoga studio, running outside when the weather permits, or in the kitchen cooking vegan food for herself and her roommates. Olivia is also extremely passionate about giving back to her community. In addition to working alongside nonprofit organizations, she was also an active volunteer at her local hospital in her hometown. After graduating, she intends to further her education in Clinical Psychology and pursue a PhD as she aspires to establish her own practice.
Brianna McManamon is a freshman in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She is currently majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and is considering minoring in Women's Studies. Brianna is a member of the Michigan is My Home club and in her free time she enjoys volunteering within the community, running, and writing. After graduation, Brianna plans on furthering her education by attending graduate school in Clinical Psychology. Through graduate school, Brianna hopes to learn more about using psychological evaluation to study the implications of using the insanity defense in court.
Brandon Meinders is a freshman at the University of Michigan, and is considering majoring in psychology. He is particularly interested in the area of research and clinical psychology. He is excited about the opportunity to do research because it allows him to make a significant contribution to academia. In his spare time Brandon enjoys reading, fishing, and playing the piano. He is passionate about serving the community and in the past he has volunteered at food trucks, and is currently volunteering at a nursing home where he plays music for the residents. While his post-graduation plans are uncertain at the moment, Brandon wants to be remembered for using his career as a means of improving the lives of others.
Natalia Rodriguez is a freshman in the College of Literature, Science, and Arts at the University of Michigan. She plans to apply to the Ross School of Business and continue to prosper as a young, Latina scholar in the business field. She does not yet know what psychology has in store for her later endeavors, but her interest may potentially lead to minoring in the subject. Outside of the classroom, she represents the university competing in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the softball team. Additionally, Natalia aspires to be a leader for her community, casting a positive connotation to Latinas in the field of business and inspiring others to invest in their own futures.
Natalie Spittler is a Freshman at the University of Michigan, currently studying Psychology with potential minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy. As of now, her primary interest in the field of Psychology is criminality and antisocial personality disorder. After graduation, Natalie intends to join the Peace Corps and get a PhD in Psychology. She aspires to use this degree to work at a federal prison or teach while continuing to conduct research. In addition, she would like to live near the ocean to have opportunities to volunteer with marine wildlife conservation projects. Natalie also hopes to become a published author, and believes those skills will be useful to her writing in the field of Psychology.