Chang joint appointed National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine research fellow

by Michele Berhorst  •  June 4, 2020

The Program in Occupational Therapy and the Institute for Informatics are pleased to announce that Chih-Hung Chang, PhD, professor of occupational therapy, medicine and orthopaedic surgery, was appointed to a two-year term starting June 1 as a joint appointed research fellow at the National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine (NRICM), Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taipei, Taiwan. NRICM is a research center responsible for research, experimental and development issues of Chinese medicine.

Chang’s research focuses on the integration of proven methodologies (psychometrics) and evolving technologies (informatics) to advance clinical outcomes assessment and management. He will collaborate with NRICM Director Dr. Yi-Chang Su and his team to integrate measurements of body constitution using item response theory and computerized adaptive testing for symptom diagnosis and treatment planning. This is an important and significant step toward the modernization of Chinese medicine utilizing a psychometrics and informatics–integrated approach.

Chang earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan in 1987. He began graduate work at the University of Chicago in 1988 and earned his doctorate from the Committee on Research Methodology and Quantitative Psychology of the Department of Psychology in 1995. He has been on faculty at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine since 1999. Chang led the design and development of a clinical outcomes assessment and management system at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) for five years.

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