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Associate Professor Paul Chang

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5745, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO30.210
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5745  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5834  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO30.210  


Paul is an Associate Professor of Psychology within the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

  • PSY2202 - Research Methods in Psychology 2
  • PSY3303 - Research Applications and Ethical Issues
  • PSY3350 - Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception


  • 1985-1989 - Clinical Audiologist, National Acoustic Laboratories
  • 1989-1991 - Research Assistant, University of Minnesota
  • 1993-1996 - Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago
  • 1997-1998 - Clinical Audiologist, Australian Hearing
  • 1998-2004 - Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2005-2010 - Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2010-present - Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

Professional Associations

  • Member, Association for Psychological Science

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2009 - Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2003 - ALTC Australian Award for University Teaching (team award)
  • 2003 - ECU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching


  • 2009 - ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 1989-1996 - Fulbright Scholarship
  • 1984 - UWA H. L. Fowler Prize in Psychology
  • 1983 - UWA Lady James Prize in Natural Science

Research Areas and Interests

  • Face recognition by adults and children
  • Attitudes towards sun protection: Using photoaging images to change parents’ attitudes towards sun protection
  • Attitudes towards smoking: Using personalised ‘smoker’s face’ simulations to decrease positive attitudes to smoking
  • Attitudes towards noise-induced hearing loss: Using auditory simulations to convince people of the threat of noise exposure
  • Improving quality in learning and teaching in tertiary education
  • Health promotion
  • Cognitive and developmental psychology

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD, United States of America, 1997 .
  • Master of Arts, United States of America, 1991 .
  • BScHons (Bachelor of Science Honours), The University of Western Australia, 1985 .


Recent Research Grants

  • The Cone of Deafness: An interactive demonstration of the difficulties in communication between people when they have simulated hearing loss and tinnitus,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2009 - 2011,  $90,535.
  • Using Auditory Simulations to Enable Prevention of Noise Exposure in School Age Children and Young Adults,  Department of Health,  Grant,  2008 - 2010,  $214,085.
  • UV Photos Enhance Parent's Commitment to Protect Their Children From The Sun,  Healthway (WA Health Promotion Foundation),  Healthway - Grant,  2004 - 2007,  $81,778.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lo Presti, L., Chang, P., Taylor, M., (2014), Young Australian adults? reactions to viewing personalised UV photoaged photographs. Australasian Medical Journal, 7(11), 454-461, DOI: 10.4066/AMJ.2014.2253.
  • Nguyen, T., Chang, P., Loh, J., (2014), The psychology of Vietnamese tiger mothers: Qualitative insights into the parenting beliefs and practices of Vietnamese-Australian mothers. Journal of Family Studies, 20(1), 48-65.
  • Carter, O., Welch, M., Mills, B., Phan, T., Chang, P., (2013), Tobacco plain packaging improves retail transaction times. British Medical Journal, 346(7896), 22, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1136/bmj.f1063.
  • Holt, D., Nagy, J., Cohen, L., Campbell-Evans, G., Chang, P., Macdonald, I., McDonald, J., (2013), Leading at the Coal-face: The World as Experienced by Subject Coordinators in Australian Higher Education. Educational Management, Administration & Leadership, 41(2), 233-249, UK, DOI: 10.1177/1741143212468346.
  • Cohen, L., Chang, P., Hendricks, J., Cope, V., Harman, B., (2011), Enhancing psychology students' experiences: The development of an undergraduate leadership programme. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 10(2), 164-169, DOI: 10.2304/plat.2011.10.2.164.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Mixed Methods Obesity Prevention Intervention For Australian Children Aged 6-12 Years: Influence Of Parent Misperceptions About Food And Exercise On The Efficacy Of Educational Obesity Simulations..

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rejected By The Family For Being Lesbian And Gay: Exploring And Testing Factors That Contribute To Resilience..

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Living Fifo: The Experiences And Psychosocial Wellbeing Of Western Australian Fly-in/fly-out Mining Employees And Partners.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Individual Adaptation To Discontinuous Employment For Australian Workers: A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study.
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