Virginia Chang

Virginia Chang
Virginia Chang

Interim Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Professional overview

As a physician and sociologist, Dr. Virginia Chang integrates perspectives from medicine, epidemiology, sociology, and demography in her research. Much of her work has focused on obesity and health disparities, engaging topics such as the influence of socially structured context (e.g., racial segregation, neighborhood disorder); the association of obesity with mortality and disability; and the inter-relationships between health, medical technologies, and stratification.

Her research program has been funded by the NIH/NICHD, the NIH/NHLBI, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Veterans Health Administration, the Measy Foundation, and the American Diabetes Association. In 2008, Dr. Chang was named Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year by the Society of General Internal Medicine. In 2010, she was honored with the Marjorie A. Bowman Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for achievement in the health evaluation sciences. 

Dr. Chang is a graduate of the Interflex Program at the University of Michigan, where she received her BS and MD degrees. She then completed a residency in internal medicine, fellowship training with the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program, and a PhD in sociology, all at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Chang was in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a staff physician at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Education

BS, Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MD, Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MA, Sociology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Honors and awards

Majorie A. Bowman Research Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010)
Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year, Society of General Internal Medicine (2008)
Robert Austrian Faculty Award for Health Evaluation Reserach, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2008)
Physician Faculty Scholars Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2007)
Finalist, Hamolsky Junior Facutly Award, Society of General Internal Medicine (2004)
Finalist, Richard Saller Prize for Best Dissertation in the Division of the Social Sciences, University of Chicago (2003)
Graduate University Fellowship, University of Chicago (2001)
Eli G. Rochelson Memorial Award for Excellence in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School (1994)
Biomedical Research Program Scholarship, University of Michigan Medical School (1991)
James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan (1988)
William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize, University of Michigan (1986)

Areas of research and study

Global Health
Health Disparities
Internal Medicine
Obesity
Population Health
Social Behaviors

Contact

vc43@nyu.edu +1 (212) 992-7696 715/719 Broadway New York, NY 10003