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1 Alice F. Chang

2 Overview Born in Ithaca, New York Born in Ithaca, New York Daughter of political refugees Daughter of political refugees At 4, moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico At 4, moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico Furthered her education at UCLA and USC Furthered her education at UCLA and USC Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson

3 Influences Family Family Cultural aspects Cultural aspects Breast Cancer Breast Cancer New Mexico New Mexico

4 The Zeitgeist Social Climate of the 20th century Social Climate of the 20th century Humanistic psychology Humanistic psychology

5 Her Ideas Compared With the 20th Century Zeitgeist Schools of thought Schools of thought –Humanistic –Behaviorism Her practice Her practice –taken other people’s work and elaborated very well to further prove their points. –focused on health and medical psychology, not behavioral

6 Personal Struggles Female Psychologist Female Psychologist –Few women –Most work found in clinics Minority Minority –Issues encountered at Marana Community Health Clinic –Obstacles she overcame at Kansas City VA Medical Center

7 Personal Struggles Personal battle with breast cancer Personal battle with breast cancer –“A Survivor’s Guide to Breast Cancer” Cultural Expectations Cultural Expectations –Family comes first –High academic standards –Mother and fathers opinions

8 Academy for Cancer Wellness Non-profit organization established in 1995 by Alice F. Chang, and John Welker Non-profit organization established in 1995 by Alice F. Chang, and John Welker Supports cancer wellness: survivors, families, friends and caregivers Supports cancer wellness: survivors, families, friends and caregivers

9 American Psychological Foundation Non-profit organization that advances in science and practice in psychology as a means of understanding human welfare, education, and health Non-profit organization that advances in science and practice in psychology as a means of understanding human welfare, education, and health

10 Marana Community Mental Health Clinic Non-profit clinic Non-profit clinic Helps serve Yaqui Indians, migrant workers, and poor people in rural communities Helps serve Yaqui Indians, migrant workers, and poor people in rural communities

11 Kansas Psychological Foundation Founded by Alice F. Chang in 1985 Founded by Alice F. Chang in 1985 Mission is to raise funds and have reward programs Mission is to raise funds and have reward programs

12 Strengths and Weaknesses Theories and ideas Theories and ideas –wasn’t really a theorist, but she did apply existing theories, like self esteem in the school environment to the clinical psychology field Strengths Strengths –Advocate  opened the VAH, –Survivor  Breast cancer –Being a mentor for others in psychology –Research  Being able to apply existing theories to certain clinical psychological studies and research by using the scientific approach. Weaknesses Weaknesses –She did not develop her own ideas –Not a person who stands in the spotlight

13 Service Barriers Collaboration between disciplines Collaboration between disciplines Pain clinic Pain clinic Mental health services to Native Americans & indigent Mental health services to Native Americans & indigent Nonprofit for cancer survivors Nonprofit for cancer survivors Kansas Psychological Foundation Kansas Psychological Foundation

14 Professional Associations Kansas Psychological Association Kansas Psychological Association American Psychological Association American Psychological Association Asian American Psychological Association Asian American Psychological Association

15 “Ultimately, we make our own discipline, which means that we have to be willing to take an active part in it and be willing to give something back to it.” A.F. Chang (1998)

16 Summary Family & personal challenges Family & personal challenges Individuality Individuality Advocacy Advocacy Involvement Involvement “A classic scientist practitioner” “A classic scientist practitioner”

17 “If you can do something about it, let’s do it; if you cannot, let’s put it aside” Alice. F. Chang

18 References APA election committee. (1998). Presidential elections. Monitor on Psychology. 29 (6). APA election committee. (1998). Presidential elections. Monitor on Psychology. 29 (6). Chang, A.F. (2000). A Survivor’s Guide to Breast Cancer. New Harbinger Publications: Oakland, CA. Chang, A.F. (2000). A Survivor’s Guide to Breast Cancer. New Harbinger Publications: Oakland, CA. Chang, A.F., Berger, S.E., Chang, B. (1981). The relationship of student self-esteem and teacher empathy to classroom learning. Journal of Human Behavior. 18 (4) Chang, A.F., Berger, S.E., Chang, B. (1981). The relationship of student self-esteem and teacher empathy to classroom learning. Journal of Human Behavior. 18 (4) Chang, A. F., Lloyd, C., & Powell B. J. (1979). Relationship of Different Measures of Self-Esteem to Locus of Control. Psychological Reports Chang, A. F., Lloyd, C., & Powell B. J. (1979). Relationship of Different Measures of Self-Esteem to Locus of Control. Psychological Reports Chang, A. F., Rosenthal, T.L., Bryant, E.S. (1993). Comparing High School Students’ Leisure Interests and Stress Ratings. Behavior Research and Therapy. 31 (2) Chang, A. F., Rosenthal, T.L., Bryant, E.S. (1993). Comparing High School Students’ Leisure Interests and Stress Ratings. Behavior Research and Therapy. 31 (2) Citation. (1997). Alice F. Chang. American Psychologist. 52 (4) Citation. (1997). Alice F. Chang. American Psychologist. 52 (4)


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