Dr. Shih-Hua Chang, who received the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) 2020 Professional Advancement Award, is The Patton College of Education’s July Alum of the Month.
Chang, who is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, received the award for her 2018 research on codependency in Taiwanese college students.
“My work of developing and evaluating a group counseling model based on Bowen Family Systems Theory as well as empirical research findings is an innovative approach of addressing codependency in college students,” said Chang. “It is a group model with a sound theoretical framework and empirical support.”
The ASGW award recognizes individuals who help advance the field of group work through research, development of a new technique or theory, public relations, legislative activities, or group work practice.
Chang earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University in 2010. Prior to that, she earned a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Literature from National Taiwan University.
A licensed counseling psychologist, Chang has worked as a professor at National Taiwan Normal University since 2012. In the last decade, she has taught counselor education courses at Seattle University; Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan; and Chung-Yuan Christian University in Chung-Li, Taiwan.
The ASGW conference took place January 30-February 1, 2020, in Dorado, Puerto Rico. In addition to attending the presentation for award winners, Chang said she participated in most of the conference’s sessions.
“It was the first time I attended the ASGW conference, and I was so honored and glad to meet lots of scholars and professional counselors who are interested in and dedicated to group work from different countries and areas,” said Chang.
Dr. Christine Suniti Bhat, professor in The Patton College’s Counseling and Higher Education Department, nominated Chang for the Professional Advancement Award. The two have been colleagues for more than 10 years, since Bhat was Chang’s dissertation chair while she pursued her Ph.D.
“Dr. Chang’s work on addressing codependency in college students in Taiwan with group work framed in Bowenian theory is truly innovative,” said Bhat. “It is a matter of pride to see our alumni around the world shine—and to see them living out the promise of leadership and scholastic excellence that we saw in them when they were students in our program.”
To this day, Chang sees Bhat as a mentor and role model.
“I deeply appreciate her constant support, encouragement, and belief in my abilities,” said Chang.