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This is the Way: Integrating Eastern Philosophy with Western Psychotherapy

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This is the Way: Integrating Eastern Philosophy with Western Psychotherapy

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Join us online on April 26th, to have an in-depth conversation with Asian American mental health expert and cultural researcher Dr. Doris Chang. 

Over the course of the show we’ll explore the unique relationship between culture, race, and therapy, how Eastern philosophies can shift Western Psychotherapy for the better, and the newfound therapy techniques changing patients’ lives across cultures.

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About The Guest

Dr. Doris F. Chang is Associate Professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and a Co-Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. Prior to joining NYU in September 2019, Dr. Chang was Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training at the Department of Psychology, New School for Social Research. A clinical psychologist by training, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship in medical anthropology at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Chang’s research seeks to address disparities in the quality of mental health services for racial and ethnic minorities by a) describing the role of race, ethnicity, and culture in mental health and service delivery, b) identifying strategies for improving intercultural interactions, specifically those occurring between racially, ethnically, and culturally-different providers and patients, and c) developing empirically and culturally-grounded therapeutic interventions. With grant support from the Mind and Life Institute, she recently developed and evaluated a mindfulness-based critical consciousness training program for K-5 teachers in New York City.

Much of Dr. Chang’s work has centered on issues facing Asian American communities, most recently examining Asian Americans’ experiences of discrimination since the Covid-19 pandemic, and the role that critical consciousness, solidarity and allyship with other BIPOC communities may promote more resilient coping. Her research has been profiled on ABC News, CNN, 20/20 and NPR.

Dr. Chang is also recognized for her work in antiracist and anti-oppressive institutional practices. She regularly provides training and consultation in non-profit, educational, and corporate settings. She is on the editorial boards of the Asian American Journal of Psychology, Psychotherapy Research, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Frontiers in Psychology (Cultural Psychology section).

Dr. Chang is a Fellow of the Asian American Psychological Association,  the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, and the Mind and Life Institute.

She also maintains a private practice in New York City with Soho CBT + Mindfulness Center.


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