Pei-Fen Chang, PhD, OTR
Associate Professor, Houston Center
Texas Medical Center
6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
Dr. Chang’s has several lines for her research projects. One of the areas that she focuses on is patient satisfaction and outcome measures. The second focus is quality of life and environmental modification for individuals with traumatic brain injury. She completed two pilot studies on falls prevention for community-dwelling older adults using different interventions. Currently, she is in the process of developing an intervention for motor function recovery for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Chang is collaborating with clinicians and local rehabilitation facilities to examine the effectiveness of an aquatic program for individuals with traumatic brain injury in their motor function recovery.
2005: Ph.D. Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch
1998: M.S. Gerontology, University of Southern California
1988: B.S. Occupational Therapy, National Taiwan University
Abreu, B. C. and Chang, P. F. (2010). Evidence Based Practice. In K. Jacobs, & G. L. McCormack (Eds.), Occupational Therapy Manager. Bethesda: AOTA Press.
Chang, P.F., Baxter, M.F., & Rissky, J. (under review). Interventions to improve motor function for individuals with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy
Chang, P.F. & Kuo, Y-F. (2013). Functional improvement in older adults after a falls prevention pilot study. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol.1: Iss.2, Article 3.
Little, R. and Chang, P. F. (2012). Guidelines on working with older adults on health promotion. OT Practice, 17(9), 6.
Reistetter, T.A., Chang, P.F. J., & Abreu, B.C. (2009). Showering habits: Time, steps, and products used after brain injury. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63, 641-645.
Graham, J.E., Chang, P.F.J., Berges, I-M, Granger, C.V., & Ottenbacher, K.J. (2008). Race/ethnicity and outcomes following inpatient rehabilitation for hip fracture. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 63A, 860-866.
Chang, P-F.J., Ostir, G. V., Kuo, Y. F., Granger, C. V., & Ottenbacher, K. J. (2008). Ethnic differences in discharge destination among older patients with traumatic brain injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89, 231-236.
Cutchin, M.P. Chang, P.F., & Owen, S. V. (2005). Expanding our understanding of the assisted living experience, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 19, 5-22.
Horowitz, B. P. & Chang, P.F. (2004). Promoting engagement in life and well-being through occupational therapy lifestyle redesign: A pilot study within adult day programs. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 20, 46-58.
Cutchin, M. P., Owen, S. V., & Chang, P.F. (2003). Becoming “at Home” in assisted living residences: exploring place integration processes. Journal of Gerontology, 58B, S225-S233.
Abreu, B. C. and Chang, P. F. (2002). Getting started in evidence-based practice. OT Practice, 7, CE1-CE8.
Honors and Awards
2012: Recipient of Jean A. Spencer Research Award.
2011: Selected attendee to the National Institute on Aging Grants Technical Assistance Workshop
2010-11 & 2011-12: TWU Chancellor’s Research Fellowship.
2011: Recipient of Herzstein Foundation – UTHealth Consortium on Aging Junior Faculty Study Program
2010: Recipient of “People’s Choice Award” in the Mary Joyce Newsom Poster Session for a poster entitled “The effectiveness of computer-based interventions on individuals with neurological disorders” on April 12, 2010.
2009: Recipient of Summer Stipend Award by TWU Office of Research Sponsored Programs.
2012: Jean A. Spencer Research Award. $2500.
2011-12: TWU Chancellor’s Research Fellowship. $5000.
2011: Herzstein Foundation – UTHealth Consortium on Aging Junior Faculty Study Program. $4000.
2010-11: TWU Chancellor’s Research Fellowship. $4000.
2009: Summer Stipend Award by TWU Office of Research Sponsored Programs. $9333.
2012: Summited a R15 Research proposal to the National Institute on Aging
2010: Submitted a NIH Director’s Innovator Award to the National Institute of Health
2009: Submitted a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to the National Institute on Aging
Potential Research Opportunities for Students
Dr. Chang welcomes students who are interested in research and want to learn how to conduct research studies in a systematic way to provide the best evidence to the OT field.