Published April 1, 2021
Yu-Ping Chang, associate dean for research and scholarship in the School of Nursing, has been selected as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.
The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing will honor Chang at its 32nd International Nursing Research Congress, being held in July in Singapore.
Chang, the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor in the UB nursing school, is being recognized for her lifetime contributions to research, as well as her mentoring of future nurse researchers.
“Dr. Chang’s work has had, and continues to have, a deep impact on patient care, nursing research and education,” says Marsha Lewis, dean of the School of Nursing.
“Her insight, innovation and mentorship have driven numerous important research studies that will have a long-lasting impact on the way nurses and other health care professionals understand and deliver care.
“We truly admire and have great pride in her passion and dedication to advancing nursing science and in helping her students and colleagues find continued success and growth. She is an inspiration to us all.”
Chang, who joined the UB nursing faculty in 2008, not only guides the school’s research enterprise, but is regarded as one of the country’s leading researchers on issues of mental health, dementia and addiction in older adults.
Her recent research includes investigating possible connections between college education levels and opioid misuse, and examining depression, fatigue and other health issues faced by caregivers of patients with dementia. Her work focuses specifically on geropsychiatric nursing, which merges Chang’s two fields of expertise: geriatrics and psychiatrics.
Chang has published 91 peer-reviewed articles — 45 as first or senior author — and five book chapters. Her contribution in opioid use disorder and chronic pain has gained attention in other fields of nursing, including oncology and palliative care, through invited presentations and publications.
She is an author on a book chapter titled “Caring for the patient with substance use disorder at the end of life” for the Oxford textbook of “Palliative Nursing” (fifth edition) that received a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, as well as the first place in the two categories of Advanced Practice Nursing and Palliative Care and Hospice.