Chang, Doris F.


Doris F. Chang
PhD 2000, University of California, Los Angeles
Associate Professor of Psychology


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.

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Courses Taught:
Assessment of Individual Differences
Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health
Seminar on Ethnicity in Clinical Theory and Practice
Working with Diverse Populations: Clinical Practicum
Recent Publications:

Lau, A. S., Chang, D.F., Okazaki, S., & Bernal, G. (In press). Psychotherapy research with ethnic minorities: What is the research agenda? To appear in N. W. S. Zane, G. Bernal, & F. T. L. Leong (Eds.) Culturally-informed evidence-based practices for ethnic minorities: Challenges and solutions. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Ruglass, L. M., Hien, D. A., Hu, M, Campbell, A. N. C., Caldeira, N., Miele, G. M., & Chang, D. (2014). Racial/Ethnic Match and Treatment Outcomes for Women with PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Receiving Community-Based Treatment. Community Mental Health Journal, Published online May 10, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-014-9732-9. 

Chang, D.F., & Yoon, P. (2011). Clients’ perceptions of the significance and impact of race in cross-racial therapy. (PDF) Psychotherapy Research, 21(5), 567-582.

Lau, A.S., Chang, D.F., & Okazaki, S. (2010). Methodological challenges in treatment outcome research with ethnic minorities.  (PDF) Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(4), 573-580.

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.

Office Location:
Room 607, 80 Fifth Avenue
Phone Number/Extension:
(212) 229-5727, ext. 3112

Fax Number:
(212) 989-0846


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.
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