Katherine Chang

Katharine Chang

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2020 - 2021
Faculty Mentor(s): Lisa Starr

498C Meliora Hall
Fax: (585) 273-1100

Research Overview

My research aim is to enhance our understanding of the multi-level process underlying LGBTQ+ mental health disparities. I am particularly interested in the influences of systemic, interpersonal, and cognitive processes on heightened risk for internalizing pathology among LGBTQ + adolescents.

Selected Publications


  • Eadeh, F.R., & Chang, K. K. (2019). Can Threat Increase Support for Liberalism? New Insights Into the Relationship Between Threat and Political Attitudes. Social Psychological and Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618815919
  • Dongbing, L., Wetherill, L., Bertelsen, S., Carey, C, Kamarajan, C., Kapoor, M., Meyers, J., Anokhin, A., Bennett, D., Bucholz, K. Chang, K., De Jager, P., Dick, D., Hesselbrock, V., Dramer, J., Kuperman, S., Nurnberger, J., Raj, T., Schuckit, M., Scott, D., Taylor, R., Tischdield, J., Ariri, A., Edenberg, H., Agrawal, A., Bogdan, R., Porjesz, B., Goate, A., Foroud, T. (2019). Genome-Wide Association Studies of Alcohol Dependence, DSM-IV Criterion Count, and Individual Criteria. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 18:e12579. https://doi.org/10.1111/gbb.12579 

Research Presentations

  • Chang, K., Stringaris, A., and Keren, H. (2019). A Closed-Loop Adaptive Methodology for Tracking Mood-RPE Sensitivity. Poster presented at the NIH Post-Bac Poster Day, Bethesda, MD and at the Society of Biological Psychiatry Conferencec, Chicago, IL.
  • Chang, K., Eadah, F., Lambert, A. (2018) The Shift to the Left Effect: An Investigation of Threat-Induced Shifts in Political Attitudes. Presented at Washington University's Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
  • Chang, K., McClendon-Iacovino, J., Bourdeaux, M., Oltmanns, T.F., Bogdan, R. (2017). Behavioral Outcomes Suggest Parallel Pathways Connecting Stress and Inflammation to Racial Helath Disparities. Presented at Washington University's Undergraduate Research Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
  • Chang, K., Di Iorio, C.R., Winstone, J., Michalski, L.J., Boudreaux, M., Oltmanns, T.F., Bogdan, R.(2017). Borderline Personality Pathology Mediates Association between Childhood Physical Abuse, Inflammation, and Health. Presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Denver, CO.


  • 2020: Sproull Fellowship, University of Rochester
  • 2019: NIH OITE Outstanding Poster Award, National Institutes of Health
  • 2018: NIH Intramural Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health
  • 2017: Phi Beta Kappa, Washington University
  • 2017: Psi Chi Member, Washington University
  • 2014: Annika Rodriguez Scholarship, Washington University

Additional Information

2018-2020: Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, National Institute of Mental Health (PI: Dr. Argyris Stingaris)

2016-2018: Research Assistant, Behavioral Research and Imaging Neurogenetics Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis (PI: Dr. Ryan Bogdan)

2015-2018: Research Assistant, Attitude and Social Cognitive Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis (Dr. Alan Lambert)

2014-2018: Washington University in St. Louis, BA, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology