Esther S. Chang, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
- Ph.D., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California-Irvine
- M.A. General Psychology, Columbia University
- B.A. Politics and International Policy Analysis, Oberlin College
- 2013 – Present, Associate Professor of Psychology, Soka University of America
- 2007-2013, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Soka University of America
- Transnational Families
- Shared Agency
- Life Goals
Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits
- Heckhausen, J., Chang E.S., Chen, C., & Greenberger, E. (2013). Striving for Educational and Career Goals During the Transition After High School: What is Beneficial?Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 1385-1398. doi:10.1007/s10964-012-9812-5
- Chang, E.S. (2013). Negotiating family obligations and educational goals among college-enrolled youth on Jeju Island, Korea. Journal for Research on Adolescence, 23, 25-34. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2012.00814.x
- Chang, E.S. (in press). Kirogi Women’s Psychological Well-Being: The Relative Contributions of Marital Quality, Mother-Child Relationship Quality, and Youth’s Educational Adjustment. Journal of Family Issues.
- Chang, E.S., Chen, C. & Kim, E (in press). Have You Set Your Life Priorities Straight?: Ethnic and Intergenerational Differences in Life Goal Priorities. Journal of Comparative Family Studies.
- Chang, E.S. & Greenberger, E. (2012). Parenting Satisfaction at Midlife among European and Asian American Mothers with a College-Enrolled Child. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 3, 263-274. doi:10.1037/a0026555
- Chang, E.S., Greenberger, E., Chen, C., Heckhausen, J., & Farruggia, S.P. (2010). Non-parental adults as social resources for adolescents in the transition after high school. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 1065-1082. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00662.x
- Chang, E.S., Heckhausen, J., Greenberger, E., & Chen, C. (2010). Shared agency with parents for educational goals: Ethnic differences and implications for college adjustment.Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 1293-1304. doi:10.1007/s10964-009-9488-7.
- Heckhausen, J. & Chang, E.S. (2009). How ambition can help overcome social inequality in the transition to adulthood.Research on Human Development, 6, 235-251.
- Chang, E. S. (2008). Ethnic differences and similarities in shared agency between older youth and parents. Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Irvine, 2007. Dissertation abstracts international, 68, (7-B).
- Germo, G., Chang, E.S., Keller, M., & Goldberg, W.A. (2007). Child sleep arrangements and family life: Perspectives from mothers and fathers.Infant and Child Development, 16, 433-456.
- Lench, H. & Chang, E.S. (2007). Belief in an unjust world: when beliefs in a just world fail.Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 1-10.
- Chang E.S., Chen, C., Greenberger, E., Dooley, D., & Heckhausen, J. (2006). What do they want in life?: The life goals of a multi-ethnic, multi-generational sample of high school seniors.Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 321-332.
- Lee, J., Miller, L., & Chang, E. S. (2006). Religious identity among Christian Korean American adolescents. Psychological Reports, 98, 43-56.
- Lee, J., Chang, E. S., & Miller, L. (2006). Ethnic-religious status and identity formation: A qualitative study of Korean American Christian youth. Journal of Youth Ministry, 5, 9-40.
Courses Taught at SUA
- Introduction to Psychology
- Lifespan Developmental Psychology
- Psychology of Education
- Cross-Cultural Psychology
- Core 1
- Core 2
- Learning Cluster on Education
- Learning Cluster on Educational Policy
- Learning Cluster on Adolescence
- Learning Cluster on Beauty