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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 Arts and Humanities.

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, United States of America, 1997.
  • Master of Arts, United States of America, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science with 1st Class 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 - 2013,  $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

  • Carastathis, G., Cohen, L., Kaczmarek, E., Chang, P., (2017), Rejected by family for being gay or lesbian: Portrayals perceptions, and resilience. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(3), 289-320, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2016.1179035.
  • Welch, M., Chang, P., Taylor, M., (2016), Photoaging photography: Mothers' attitudes toward adopting skin-protective measures pre- and post-viewing photoaged images of their and their child's facial sun damage. Sage Open, 6(4), 1-11, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/2158244016672906.
  • Taylor, M., Westbrook, D., Chang, P., (2016), Using UV photoaged photography to better understand Western Australian teenagers' attitudes towards adopting sun-protective behaviours. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 28(1), 45-53, DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2014-0071.
  • Eastabrook, S., Chang, P., Taylor, M., (2016), Melanoma risk: Adolescent females' perspectives on skin protection pre/post viewing an ultraviolet photoaged photograph of their own facial sun damage. Global Health Promotion, 2016(22 June), 10p., Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1757975916639871.
  • 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, eContent Management Pty Ltd, DOI: 10.5172/jfs.2014.20.1.48.
  • 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, Australasian Medical Journal Pty Ltd, DOI: 10.4066/AMJ.2014.2253.
  • Carter, O., Welch, M., Mills, B., Phan, T., Chang, P., (2013), Tobacco plain packaging improves retail transaction times. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 346(7896), 22, United Kingdom, B M J Publishing Group, 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, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1741143212468346.

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.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Gender And Nursing In A Developing Country: Workplace Violence, Career Progression, Job Satisfaction And Emigration Intentions Among Ghanaian Nurses.

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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