Virginia W. Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Sociology
Dr. Chang's research integrates perspectives from medicine, sociology, and epidemiology to study relationships between health and various aspects of socio-cultural life. Much of her research has focused on obesity, engaging topics such as historical shifts in the medical conceptualization of obesity; the role of health in class stratification; secular trends in the relationship between obesity and poverty; and the relationship between weight status and key features of the residential environment (e.g., racial segregation, income inequality, and neighborhood disorder). Current work examines the reciprocal relationship between weight status and SES over the life cycle; how obesity and poverty cycle across generations; and the influence of weight status on the quality of medical care. Dr. Chang is the recipient of a Career Development Award from the NIH / NICHD, a Measy Foundation Award, a New Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is also Principal Investigator of an R01 from the NIH / NHLBI and a Merit Award from the Veterans Health Administration. In 2008, Dr. Chang received the Award for Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year from the Society of General Internal Medicine.