Jenss Chang of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been awarded an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship. An MFP fellowship is more than a simple scholarship that only provides financial support. An MFP fellowship is a professional training appointment into a community of other students and professionals who hold similar professional interests. Indeed, the MFP provides stipends, or living allowances, to students who hold the fellowships. However, it also facilitates professional development and provides professional guidance with the aim of moving students towards high achievement in areas related to ethnic minority mental health research or services.
In particular the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship is a federally funded program to support doctoral training in mental health and substance abuse services: to promote culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services provided to ethnic minority populations; to increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists delivering mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic minority populations; and, to increase the general knowledge and research of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Jenss Chang is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at the Gevirtz School. After earning a B.A. in General Psychology at UC San Diego she worked as a full-time research assistant at the Veterans’ Medical and Research Foundation at UCSD. Chang is currently working on a multiple projects involving Asian American college students and a variety of assessment instruments. One project, in specific, is aimed at examining whether one’s level of acculturation affects ones performance on Western-derived neuropsychological measures.
[Jenss Chang is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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