Judy Chang, MD, MPH

  • Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Division of Gynecologic Specialties

The Chang research group focuses on the intersection between women in the context of their lives, sociocultural influences and interpersonal relationships and the health services used, offered, and needed. A key aspect of our research is patient-provider communication. In particular, we have been examining patient-provider communication in obstetric care. Our overall objective is to identify and promote communication styles, approaches and skills that facilitate positive behavioral change to improve the health of the pregnancy, mother and baby. For example, our recent work has focused on smoking cessation counseling and patient-provider screening and counseling communication regarding perinatal substance use.

Additionally, Dr. Chang has worked in the field of intimate partner violence (IPV) as a community advocate, educator, women’s health provider and researcher for over 20 years. While much of this work has focused on health care screening and interventions for intimate partner violence victims, she has expanded her scope in this field to explore interventions for both male and female perpetrators of IPV and develop primary prevention interventions for high risk children and youth.

Dr. Chang has developed expertise in qualitative research methods, behavioral interventions, methods of communication analyses, and patient-provider communication. She has numerous ongoing collaborations with community advocates; investigators in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, nursing, and public health; and faculty from fields such as anthropology, linguistics, and computer science. In addition to being a practicing clinician, Dr. Chang teaches and supervises numerous nurse practitioners, physician assistants, residents, and students. Her knowledge brings clinical relevance and legitimacy to all projects under her care. As an Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research, she assists medical students in learning about scientific inquiry and the various approaches used to answer research questions.

Education & Training

MPH, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002
Research Fellowship, The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2001
Residency, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 1999
MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, 1995

Representative Publications

Chang JC, Decker M, Moracco KE, Martin SL, Petersen R, Frasier PY. Asking about intimate partner violence: advice from female survivors to health care providers. Patient Education and Counseling, 2005; 59(2): pp 141-147. PMID:16257618.

Chang JC, Alexander SC, Holland CL, Arnold RA, Landsittel D, Tulsky J, Pollak K. Smoking is Bad for Babies: Obstetric Care Providers’ Use of Best Practice Smoking Cessation Counseling Techniques, Am J Health Promot.  2013; Jan-Feb;27(3): 170-6. PMID: 23286593.  NIHMSID: NIHMS467543.  PMCID: PMC3733346.

Chang JC.  Intimate Partner Violence:  How you can help female survivors.  Cleve Clin J Med.  2014 Jul;81(7):439-46. DOI:  10.3949/ccjm.81a.13069.  PMID:  24987045.

Chang JC, Holland CL, Tarr J, Rubio D, Rodriguez KL, Kraemer KL, Day N, Arnold RM. Perinatal Illicit Drug and Marijuana Use: An Observational Study Examining Prevalence, Screening, and Disclosure. Am J Health Promot.  2015 Nov 11.  Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.141215-QUAL-625  PMID: 26559718. NIHMSID: NIHMS760452.  PMCID: PMC4864182.

In The News

Jul 1, 2020, Research aims to identify best practices, recommendations for helping domestic violence survivors during the pandemic

May 9, 2019, Dr. Judy Chang’s research highlighted in story on medical marijuana and expectant moms