Doris F. Chang

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Improving well-being of racial and ethnic minorities; Asian American mental health; mindfulness and other contemplative approaches to the development of critical consciousness in clinical and educational settings


Doris Chang joined NYU Silver as an Associate Professor in 2019. Dr. Chang's research seeks to improve the well-being of racial and ethnic minorities by a) clarifying the role of race, ethnicity, language and culture in shaping mental health and quality of care; b) identifying strategies for improving interracial processes and outcomes; and c) developing inclusive, culturally-grounded interventions for clinical and educational contexts that integrate mindfulness and other contemplative traditions. She has particular expertise in interracial dynamics and Asian American mental health and is a Co-Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. In 2018, she was awarded a PEACE grant from the Mind and Life Institute to develop and pilot a mindfulness-based critical consciousness training program for K-5 teachers.

Previously, Dr. Chang was Director of Clinical Training and Associate Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research. She is a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the APA's Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. In 2006, she received the Early Career Award from the Asian American Psychological Association.

Dr. Chang completed her PhD and MA in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology at the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She earned her BA in psychology and Asian studies at The University of Texas at Austin.

More information about Dr. Chang and her work is available at her personal homepage.