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Dr. Judy Chang

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science

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Dr. Judy Chang is an obstetrician-gynecologist and health services researcher whose 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. She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Internal Medicine, and the Institute of Clinical Research Education. A key interest is patient-provider communication with an overall objective to identify and promote communication styles, approaches and skills that facilitate positive behavioral change to improve the health of women, particularly during pregnancy. For example, our recent work has focused on smoking cessation counseling and patient-provider screening and counseling communication regarding perinatal substance use. Currently, she serves as the President-Elect for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, an international

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.

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. She has partnered with Dr. Soudi in leading the Humanities in Health Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh and has served as Vice Chair for four inter-disciplinary conferences. As an Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research and the Director of the Clinical Scientist Training Program, she assists medical students in learning about scientific inquiry and the various approaches used to answer research questions.