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Associate Professor Paul Chang

Associate Professor

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
  • PSY1210 Biopsychology, Sensation & 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

  • Hollett, R., Gignac, G., Milligan, S., Chang, P., (2020), Explaining lecture attendance behavior via structural equation modeling: Self-Determination Theory and the Theory of Planned Behavior. Learning and Individual Differences: journal of psychology and education, 81(July), Article number 101907, United Kingdom, DOI:
  • Thorup, B., Crookes, K., Chang, P., Burton, N., Pond, S., Li, TK., Hsiao, J., Rhodes, G., (2018), Perceptual experience shapes our ability to categorize faces by national origin: A new other-race effect. British Journal of Psychology, 109(3), 583–603, England, Wiley-Blackwell, DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12289.
  • Eastabrook, S., Chang, P., Taylor, M., (2018), Melanoma risk: Adolescent females' perspectives on skin protection pre/post viewing an ultraviolet photoaged photograph of their own facial sun damage. Global Health Promotion, 25(1), 23-32, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1757975916639871.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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,  Gender and nursing in a developing country: Workplace violence, career progression, job satisfaction and emigration intentions among ghanaian nurses.
  • 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,  Individual adaptation to discontinuous employment for Australian workers: A longitudinal mixed method study
  • Master of Education,  Issues in academic educational research: The impact of current issues on research activity.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Living fifo: The experiences and psychosocial wellbeing of Western Australian fly-in/fly-out mining employees and partners
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