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Jina Chang

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jina Chang seeks equity in the student learning experience and student success in her teaching. She values a student-centered orientation, strength-based perspectives for individual students, and respectful interactions with students, all of which she sees as essential to creating a culture of positive learning. She constantly strives to make classes inclusive, effective, and enjoyable, where all students have equal opportunities to participate and lead.

Her research examines inequity and inequality embedded in the US healthcare system, access to healthcare, and health among vulnerable and marginalized children and families and their associations with family poverty. She examines a wide range of health outcomes among marginalized children, including ADHD. She enjoys working with Master of Social Work students on her research projects and supports their career development.

Jina holds a PhD in Social Work from Boston University with a specialization in Child and Family Health, Master of Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University with a concentration in Policy, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from George Washington University.

Selected Publications

  • Chang, J., & Miller, D.P. (2018). Injuries among school-aged children of immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 20(4), 841-847.
  • Miller, D.P., & Chang, J. (2015). Parental work schedules and child overweight or obesity: Does family structure matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(5), 1266-1281.
  • Miller, D.P., Chang, J., Ha, Y., & Sprague-Martinez, L. S. (2016). Longitudinal trajectories of child food insecurity among children of immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 1-9.

Selected Presentations

  • Chang, J., Lee, Y., Richard, K., Lex, H., & Kerns, C. The attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children of immigrants: Immigrant generation and family poverty status. Poster accepted at the 2021 Annual Conference at the American Public Health Association, October 2021.
  • Chang, J., Lee, Y., Richard, K., Lex, H., & Kerns, C. The association between ADHD and immigrant generation among children of immigrants: Implication for ACA and CHIPRA. Paper presented at the 2021 Annual Conference at the Society for Social Work Research, January 2021.
  • Chang, J., Lee, Y., Kerns, C., Lex. H., & Richard, K. Prevalence of epilepsy among children of immigrants compared to children of nonimmigrants: Analysis from National Health Interview Survey. Paper presented at the 2020 Annual Conference at the Council of Social Work Education, November 2020.