Research Interests: Maternal Depression; Perinatal Epidemiology, modifiable risk factors for preterm delivery, effect of short sleep duration on maternal and fetal outcomes as well as adolescent risk behaviors and mental health.
Course: EPI 5020 Epidemiology Methods II
Education History: PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
SLU faculty since: 2005
Jen Jen Chang, PhD, MPH came to SLU with training in maternal and child health. Her past research experience involved children, adolescents, and women of child-bearing age. Her research encompassed maternal depression, child maltreatment, child and adolescent problem behaviors, pregnancy outcomes, and more recently sleep medicine research.
Dr. Chang has expertise in longitudinal study design and secondary data analysis using data from large national longitudinal studies such as National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) and National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Dr. Chang was a recipient of the NIH KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program Scholar award and has current NIH funding to examine the relationship between sleep duration and postpartum depression.
Dr. Chang's recent work included projects related to recurrent preeclampsia, preterm births, small-for gestational-age infants, cesarean delivery, gestational weight gain during pregnancy, birth defects, sleep deprivation, and insomnia. Currently, Dr. Chang is investigating the role of short sleep duration plays in adverse pregnancy outcomes.