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Edward C. Chang

Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

My current research interests involve the study of several different predictors of psychological and physical adjustment, including optimism and pessimism, perfectionism, and social problem solving. I am also interested in understanding how cultural and racial factors influence the function of these variables on outcome, and in examining stress and coping and diathesis-stress models of adjustment. Recently, I have become particularly interested in international collaborations, working with colleagues in China, Hungary, and Poland.

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(734) 647-3876changec@umich.eduUniversity of Michigan
LS&A Dept of Psychology
2263 East Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Education

Year Degree   School
PhD Clinical Psychology State University of New York at Stony Brook
MA Psychology State University of New York at Stony Brook
BA Psychology, Philosophy State University of New York at Buffalo

Perera, M. J. & E. C. Chang (Eds.). (2018). Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Health in South Asian Americans. Springer.

Chang, E. C., Jilani, Z., Yu, T., Lin, J., Muyan, M., & Hirsch, J. K. (2017). Relation between sexual assault and negative affective conditions in female college students: Does loss of hope account for the association? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 32(8), 1249-1266.

Walker, K. L., Chang, E. C., & Hirsch, J. K. (2017). Neuroticism and suicidal behavior: Conditional indirect effects of social problem solving and hopelessness. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology., 15(1), 80-89.

Chang, E. C., Downey, C. A., Hirsch, J. K. & Lin, N. J. (Eds.). (2016). Positive Psychology in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Chang, E. C., Downey, C. A., Hirsch, J. K. & Lin, N. J. (2016). Introduction to positive psychology in racial and ethnic minority groups: A second call to action! In E. C. Chang, C. A. Downey, J. K. Hirsch, & N. J. Lin (Eds.). Positive Psychology in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Yu, E. A., Chang, E. C., Yang, H. & Yu, T. (2016). Positive psychology assessment in Asian Americans. In E. C. Chang, C. A. Downey, J. K. Hirsch, & N. J. Lin (Eds.). Positive Psychology in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Downey, C. A., Chang, E. C., Hirsch, J. K. & Lin, N. J. (2016). Challenges and prospects for positive psychology research, theory, assessment, and practice in a multiracial and multiethnic world. In E. C. Chang, C. A. Downey, J. K. Hirsch, & N. J. Lin (Eds.). Positive Psychology in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Practice. Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Chang, E. C., & Chang, O. D. (2016). Development of the frequency of suicidal ideation inventory: Evidence for the validity and reliability of a brief measure of suicidal ideation frequency in a college student population. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 40(4), 549-556.

Yu, E. A., & Chang, E. C. (2016). Optimism/pessimism and future orientation as predictors of suicidal ideation: Are there ethnic differences? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(4), 572-579.

Muyan, M., & Chang, E. C. (2016). Hope as a mediator of the link between intimate partner violence and suicidal risk in Turkish women: Further evidence for the role of hope agency. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Yu, E. A., Chang, E. C., & Kim, J. H. J. (2016). Asian American culturally relevant values as predictors of meaning in life in Asian and European American college students: Evidence for cultural differences. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 7(3), 159-166.

Hirsch, J. K., Sirois, F. M., Molnar, D., & Chang, E. C. (2016). Pain and depressive symptoms in primary care: Positive and negative affect as moderators. Clinical Journal of Pain, 32(7), 562-567.

Chang, E. C., Yu, T., Chang, O. D., & Hirsch, J. K. (2016). Hope and trauma: Examining a diathesis-stress model in predicting depressive and anxious symptoms in students. Personality and Individual Differences, 96, 52-54.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., Yu, T., Kahle, E. R., Hernandez, V., Kim, J. M., Jeglic, E. L., & Hirsch, J. K. (2016). Ethnic variables and negative life events as predictors of depressive symptoms and suicidal behaviors in Latino college students: On the centrality of receptivo a los démas. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 36, 2016-221.

Muyan, M., Chang, E. C., Jilani, Z., Yu, T., Lin, J., & Hirsch, J. K. (2016). Loneliness and negative affective conditions in adults: Is there any room for hope in predicting anxiety and depressive symptoms? The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 150, 333-341.

Yang, H., & Chang, E. C. (2016). Is the PGIS-II redundant with the Hope Scale?: Evidence for the utility of the PGIS-II in predicting psychological adjustment in adults. Personality and Individual Differences, 94, 124-129.

Cheng, P., Dolsen, M., Girz, L., Rudowski, M., Chang, E. C., & Deldin, P. (2015). Understanding perfectionism and depression in an adult clinical population: Is outcome expectancy relevant to psychological functioning? Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 64-67.

Chang, E. C., Kahle, E. R., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Understanding how domestic abuse is associated with greater depressive symptoms in a community sample of female primary care patients: Does lack of belongingness matter?. Violence Against Women, 21(6), 700-711.

Chang, E. C., Lian, X., Yu, T., Qu, J., Zhang, B., Jia, W., Hu, Q., Li, J., Wu, J., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Loneliness under assault: Understanding the impact of sexual assault on the relation between loneliness and suicidal risk in college students. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 314-321.

Chang, E. C. (2015). Perfectionism as a predictor of suicidal risk in Turkish college students: Does loneliness contribute to further risk? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 776-784.

Chang, E. C., Jilani, Z., Fowler, E. E., Yu, T., Chia, S. W., Yu, E. A., McCabe, H. K., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Relations between multidimensional spirituality and depressive symptoms in college students: Examining hope agency and pathways as potential mediators. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(2), 189-198.

Chang, E. C., Lin, J., Fowler, E. E., Yu, E. A., Yu, T., Jilani, Z., Kahle, E. R., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Sexual assault and depressive symptoms in college students: Do psychological needs account for the relationship? Social Work, 60, 211-218.

Hirsch, J. K., Molnar, D., Chang, E. C., & Sirois, F. M. (2015). Future orientation and health quality of life in primary care: Vitality as a mediator. Quality of Life Research, 24, 1653-1659.

Perera, M. J., & Chang, E. C. (2015). Depressive symptoms in South Asian, East Asian, and European Americans: Evidence for ethnic differences in coping with academic and interpersonal stress? Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 350-358.

Chang, E. C., Muyan, M., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Loneliness, positive life events, and psychological maladjustment: When good things happen, even lonely people feel better! Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 150-155.

Chang, E. C., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Social problem solving under assault: Understanding the impact of sexual assault on the relation between social problem solving and suicidal risk in female college students. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 403-413.

Chang, E. C., Kahle, E. R., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). Understanding how domestic abuse is associated with greater depressive symptoms in a community sample of female primary care patients: Does lack of belongingness matter? Violence Against Women, 21, 700-711.

Chang, E. C., Yu, T., Jilani, Z., Muyan, M., Lin, J., & Hirsch, J. K. (2015). The pursuit of perfection in spiritual engagements: The centrality of parental expectations as a positive and unique predictor. Personality and Individual Differences, 79, 162-165.

Chang, E. C., & Kwon, P. (2014). Special issue on psychopathology in Asians and the DSM-5: Culture matters. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 7, 66-67.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., & Kahle, E. R. (2014). BMI, body discrepancy, and self-construal as predictors of eating disturbances in European and Asian American females. Eating Behaviors, 15, 328-330.

Downey, C. A., Reinking, K. R., Gibson, J. M., Cloud, J. A., & Chang, E. C. (2014). Perfectionistic cognitions and eating disturbance: Distinct mediational models for males and females. Eating Behaviors, 15, 419-426.

Yang, H., & Chang, E. C. (2014). Examining the structure, reliability, and validity of the Chinese Personal Growth Initiative Scale-II: Evidence for the importance of intentional self-change among Chinese. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 559-566.

Hirsch, H. K., Nsamenang, S. A., Chang, E. C. & Kaslow, N. J. (2014). Spiritual well-being and depressive symptoms in female African American suicide attempters: Mediating effects of optimism and pessimism. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Perera, M. J. & Chang, E. C. (2014). Ethnic variations between Asian and European Americans in interpersonal sources of socially prescribed perfectionism: It’s not just about parents! Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Chang, E. C., Kahle, E. R., Yu, E. A., & Hirsch, J. K. (2014). Understanding the relationship between domestic abuse and suicide behavior in adults receiving primary care: Does forgiveness matter?. Social Work.

Chang, E. C., Kahle, E. R., Yu, E. A., & Hirsch, J. K. (2014). Behavioral inhibition system and behavioral activation system (BIS/BAS) motives and loneliness as predictors of eating disturbances in female college students: Interpersonal context matters. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 250-269. Guilford Press.

Chang, E. C., Downey, C. A., Hirsch, J. K. & Lin, E. A. (Eds.). (2014). Cognitive-behavioral Models, Measures, and Treatments for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Ethnic and Racial Minorities. American Psychological Association.

Kahle, E. R., McCabe, H. K., Porter, P. M., Yu, E. A. & Chang, E. C. (2014). Spirituality and religiosity as important sources of hope. In L. Bormans (Ed.). World Book of Hope. Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.

Yu, E. A., Chia, S. W., Jilani, Z., Kahle, E. R. & Chang, E. C. (2014). Hope and positive thinking: Should we double up? In L. Bormans (Ed.). World Book of Hope. Tielt, Belgium: Lannoo Publishers.

Downey, C. A. & Chang, E. C. (2014). History of cultural context in positive psychology: We finally come to the start of the journey. In J. T. Pedrotti & L. M. Edwards (Eds.). Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology. New York: Springer Publications.

Downey, C. A. & Chang, E. C. (2014). Positive psychology: Current knowledge, multicultural and ethical considerations, and the future of the movement. In F. T. L. Leong, L. Comas-Diaz, G. C. Nagayama Hall, V. McLoyd, & J. E. Trimble (Eds.). APA Handbook on Multicultural Psychology, Vol. 2: Applications and Training 133-149. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Chang, E. C., Perera, M. J. & Kupfermann, Y. (2013). Predictors of eating disturbances in South Asian American females: A look at negative affectivity and contingencies of self-worth. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., & Lin, E. Y. (2013). An examination of ethnic variations in perfectionism and interpersonal influences as predictors of eating disturbances: A look at Asian and European American females. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., & Hirsch, J. K. (2013). On the confluence of optimism and hope on depressive symptoms in primary care patients: Does doubling up on bonum futurum proffer any added benefits? Journal of Personality and Individual Differences.

Chang, E. C., Kahle, E. R., Yu, E. A., Lee, J. Y., Kupfermann, Y., & Hirsch, J. K. (2013). Relations of religiosity and spirituality with depressive symptoms in primary care adults: Evidence for hope agency and pathway as mediators. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8, 404-411.

Chang, E. C. (2013). Perfectionism and loneliness as predictors of depressive and anxious symptoms in Asian and European Americans: Accounting for variations in self-construal schemas. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1179-1188.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., Kahle, E. R., Jeglic, E. L., & Hirsch, J. K. (2013). Is doubling up on positive future cognitions associated with lower suicidal risk in Latinos?: A look at hope and positive problem orientation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1285-1293.

Chang, E. C., Yu, E. A., Lee, J. Y., Hirsch, J. K., Kupfermann, Y., & Kahle, E. R. (2013). An examination of optimism/pessimism and suicide risk in primary care patients: Does belief in a changeable future make a difference? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 796-804.

Downey, C. A., & Chang, E. C. (2013). Assessment of everyday beliefs about health: The Lay Concepts of Health Inventory, College Student Version. Psychology and Health, 28, 818-832.

Chang, E. C., & Sanna, L. J. (2012). Evidence for the validity of the Clinical Perfectionism Questionnaire in a non-clinical population: More than just negative affectivity? Journal of Personality Assessment, 94, 102-108.

Chang, E. C., Chang, R., & Sanna, L. J. (2012). A test of the usefulness of perfectionism theory across cultures: Does perfectionism in the US and Japan predict depressive symptoms across time? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 1-14.

Hirsch, J. K., Chang, E. C., & Jeglic, E. L. (2012). Social problem solving and suicidal behavior: Ethnic differences in the moderating effects of loneliness and life stress. Archives of Suicide Research, 16, 303-315.

Hirsch, J. K., Walker, K. L., Chang, E. C., & Lyness, J. M. (2012). Illness burden and symptoms of anxiety in older adults: Optimism and pessimism as moderators. International Psychogeriatrics, 24, 1614-1621.

Hirsch, J. K., Visser, P. L., Chang, E. C., & Jeglic, E. L. (2012). Race and ethnic differences in hope and hopelessness as moderators of the association between depressive symptoms and suicidal behavior. Journal of American College Health, 60, 115-125.

Chang, E. C. & Downey, C. A. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health. Springer Publishing.

Chang, E. C., Downey, C. A., & Kim, J. M. (2012). Integrating positive psychology and developmental viewpoints into the study of mental health across diverse groups. In E. C. Chang & C. A. Downey (Eds.). Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health 1-10. New York: Springer Publications.

Chang, E. C., Downey, C. A., & Kim, J. M. (2012). Multidimensional clinical competence: Considering racial group, development, and the positive psychology movement in clinical practice. In E. C. Chang & C. A. Downey (Eds.). Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health 355-382. New York: Springer Publications.

Chang, E. C., & Fabian, C. G. (2012). Introduction to adult psychopathology in Asians: From nomothetic to idiographic approaches. In E. C. Chang (Ed.). Handbook of Adult Psychopathology in Asians: Diagnosis, Etiology, and Treatment 1-11. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chang, E. C., & Fabian, C. G. (2012). Introduction to adult psychopathology in Asians: From nomothetic to idiographic approaches. In E. C. Chang (Ed.), Handbook of Adult Psychopathology in Asians: Theory, Diagnosis, and Treatment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fabian, E. C., & Chang, E. C. (2012). Where do we go from here? Future directions, considerations and challenges. In E. C. Chang (Ed.), Handbook of Adult Psychopathology in Asians: Theory, Diagnosis, and Treatment. New York: Oxford University Press.

Tsai, W., Chang, E. C., Sanna, L. J., & Herringshaw, A. J. (2011). An examination of happiness as a buffer of the rumination-adjustment link: Ethnic differences between European and Asian American students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 2, 168-180.

Chang, E. C., Lin, N. J., Herringshaw, A. J., Sanna, L. J., Fabian, C. G., Perera, M. J., & Marchenko, V. V. (2011). Understanding the link between perfectionism and adjustment in college students: Examining the role of maximizing. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1074-1078.

Chang, E. C., Hirsch, J. K., Sanna, L. J., Jeglic, E. L., & Fabian, C. G. (2011). A preliminary study of perfectionism and loneliness as predictors of depressive and anxious symptoms in Latinas: A top-down test of a model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(3), 441-448.

Chang, E. C., Bodem, M. R., Sanna L. J., & Fabian, C. G. (2011). Optimism-pessimism and adjustment in college students: Is there support for the utility of a domain-specific approach to studying outcome expectancies? Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(5).

Chang, E. C., Sanna, L. J., Hirsch, J. K., & Jeglic, E. L. (2010). Loneliness and negative life events as predictors of hopelessness and suicidal behaviors in Hispanics: Evidence for a diathesis-stress model. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 1242-1253.

Chang, E. C., Sanna, L. J., Kim, J. M., & Srivastava, K. (2010). Optimistic and pessimistic bias in European and Asian Americans: A preliminary look at distinguishing between predictions for physical and psychological health outcomes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 465-470.

Chang, E. C., Tsai, W., & Sanna, L. J. (2010). Examining the relations between rumination and adjustment: Do ethnic differences exist between Asian and European Americans? Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 46-56.

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