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Alice F. Chang

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Overview[edit | edit source]

Alice F. Chang is the author of "A Survivor's Guide to Breast Cancer," and founder of organizations including the Academy for Cancer Wellness, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting those diagnosed with cancer.[1] She also established the Marana (AZ) Community Mental Health Clinic to assist indigent peoples such as the Yaqui Indians, and migrant workers in southern Arizona. [1] She is currently a licensed clinical psychologist, which a private practice in Tucson, AZ, and affiliated with Chapman University and the University of Arizona in Tucson. [2]

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Birth and Childhood[edit | edit source]

Chang was born in Ithaca, New York, the youngest of four children. [3] Her parents were political refugees who fled China after the fall of Chiang Kai-shek.[3] Chang describes her family as valuing male success, and describes herself as being a young woman who did not "fit the Asian American stereotype (not always achieving top honors as did her siblings)."[3] When she was four years old, her family moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where hers was the only Asian American family among Native American and Hispanic families. [3] Her local interactions gave her an understanding of the difficulties facing her neighbors, and these experiences inspired her to lead a life of advocacy.[3]

Life as a Student[edit | edit source]

As she pursued her education, she felt pressure to follow her mother's career in the ministry, or her father's career in science. She ultimately decided to pursue Psychology and in 1968 she received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angelos.[3] From there, she entered a graduate training program at the University of Southern Californiawhere she interned at the Veterans Administration Brentwood Neuropsychiatric Institute. [3] She completed her doctorate in 1973.[3]

Professional Life[edit | edit source]

Chang accepted a position at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, as an assistant professor where she served on many committees aimed at training and educating psychologists. [3] Most notably, Chang was an integral part of establishing the Marana Community Mental Health Clinic, which now serves Yaqui Indians, migrant workers, as well as indigent members in surrounding communities. During her time with the Marana Community Mental Health Clinic, Chang also served as a consultant for the University of Arizona Child Development Laboratory.

In 1975, Chang left the University of Arizona for a position as assistant professor and staff psychologist at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. There, she consulted at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and developed the first pain management clinic in the area and, in 1977, established a private practice.[3]

In 1992, Chang returned to Arizona to be an adjunct research scientist at the University of Arizona and continue private practice in Tucson, Arizona.[3]

Awards and Recognition[edit | edit source]

  • Elected to the Kansas Psychological Association's Board of Governors (1979).[3]
  • Founded the Kansas Psychological Foundation, and served as its president (1985).[3]
  • Elected to the Board of Ethnic Minority Affairs (1989).[3]
  • Kansas Psychological Association recognition for Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to Psychology in the State of Kansas (1992).[3]
  • The Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions for Advocacy (1994).[3]
  • Asian American Psychological Association Distinguished Contribution Award upon her election to membership as a distinguished fellow of the National Academy of Practice in Psychology (1995).[3]
  • Leadership Citation from the APA Committee on Women in Psychology (1996)
  • Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Harold Hildreth Award for Distinguished and Outstanding Service in Public Service Psychology (1996).[3]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • "Trees Don't Mourn the Autumn": A short story and play by Chang and Paul Donnelly detailing the different social and personal needs of an individual cancer patient depending on their culture, socioeconomic status, and family structure. [4]
  • "Comparing high school and college students' leisure interests and stress ratings" (1993): An article by Chang A, Rosenthal T, Bryant E, Rosenthal R, Heidlage R, Fritzler B (1993) which compared how strictly high schoolers versus college students stuck to sleep schedules and set priorities. [5]
  • "A review of 'Forensic Questions and Answers on the MMPI/MMPI-2.' by Alex B. Caldwell (1996)": A review, done by Alice F. Change in 1996, commentating on the work of Alex B. Caldwell. [6] Her ending comments on the "Forensic Questions and Answers on the MMPI/MMPI-2" were that whilst it was a short work, it was also concise and allowed space for the recording of important notes. [6]


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