University of Calgary

Jeff Chang

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Jeff Chang joined the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University, where he is currently an Associate Professor, after a twenty-year practice career. He is a Registered Psychologist (AB), and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In his private practice, he provides psychological services in cases of high conflict divorce and parenting. He has provided supervision to many practicum students and predoctoral interns from the Werklund School of Education.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Chang’s scholarly activity focuses on high conflict separation and divorce, the dynamics of families where one member travels for work, social constructionist approaches to therapy, children’s and school-based counselling and mental health, and clinical supervision.


Current Project 1: “New Ways for Families: A Mutli-Site Controlled Study,” funded by Palix Foundation,
Current Project 2: Work-Related Paternal Absence: The Faraway Fathers Project
Current Project 3: Developing a National Competency Profile for School Counsellors


Doctor of Philosophy, Counselling Psychology (2008)
University of Calgary

Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology (1985)
Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Religious Studies (1982)
Trinity Western University

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Chang’s contributes to the community and the profession of counselling and psychology through governance, leadership, clinical supervision, and editorial work.

Affiliation 1

Canadian School Counselling Review (formerly Alberta Counsellor), Guidance Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Editor. (

Affiliation 2

Executive Member, Independent Schools Advisory Committee (governance for Student Health Partnership funding for Calgary Independent Schools), Calgary & Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery  (

Affiliation 3

Board of Directors, Calgary Family Therapy Centre (

Affiliation 4

Director, The Family Psychology Centre (development and management of two school-based children’s mental health programs (



Barker, P. A., & Chang, J. (2013). Basic family therapy (6th ed.) London, UK: Wiley.

Chang, J. (Ed.) (2013), Creative interventions with children: A transtheoretical approach: Calgary:
Family Psychology Press

Recent peer-reviewed articles

Plosker, R., & Chang, J. (2014). A solution focused therapy group designed for caregivers of stroke survivors. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 33(2), 35-49.

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2013). Moral distress in counselor supervision: A call for research. Counselor Education and Supervision, 52(4), 284-296. doi: 10.1002/j.1556- 6978.2013.00043.x.

Chang. J., & Nylund, D. K. (2013). Narrative and solution-focused therapies: A twenty-year retrospective. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(2), 72–88.

Chang, J., Combs, G., Dolan, Y., Freedman, J., Mitchell, T., & Trepper, T. (2013). From Ericksonian roots to postmodern futures. Part II: Shaping the future. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 32(2), 35–45.

Chang, J. (2013). A contextual-functional meta-framework for counselling supervision. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 35(2), 71-87. doi: 10.1007/s10447-0129168-2

Book Chapters

Nuttgens, S., & Chang, J. (2014). Working with couples and families. In L. Martin, B. Shepard, & R. Lehr (Eds.), Canadian counselling and psychotherapy: Ethics-based issues and cases (pp. 304-325). Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Chang, J., & Gaete, J. (2014). IP-supervision as relationally responsive practice. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St. George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 187-209). New York: Routledge.

Mudry, T., Strong, T., & Chang, J. (2014). The life history of a PIP: Snapshots in time. In K. Tomm, D. Wulff, S. St George, & T. Strong (Eds.), Patterns in interpersonal interactions: Inviting relational understandings for therapeutic change (pp. 92-102). New York: Routledge.

Chang, J. (2013). On being solution-focused in adversarial places: Supervising parenting evaluations for family court. In F. N. Thomas, Solution-focused supervision: A resource- oriented approach to developing clinical expertise (pp. 187-196). New York: Springer Science and Business.

Media Work

By invitation of the editor, Dr. Jon Carlson, I contributed audio-recordings of a course of treatment of one family in family therapy to a series of transcripts published by Alexander Street Press (ASP). These transcripts of exemplary psychotherapists are disseminated via an on-line database distributed to libraries and psychotherapy training programs for use in teaching and research.

Photograph of Jeff Chang

Curriculum Vitae

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