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Rocio Chang, M.A., Psy.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030


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Rocio Chang, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Trinity College and her Master of Arts and Psy.D. degrees at the University of Hartford. Dr. Chang completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Connecticut in 2007 working with Drs. Julian Ford and Karen Steinberg. Their collaboration continues to this day and focuses on treatment of traumatized children and families, with an emphasis on those referred from the juvenile justice system. Dr. Chang has published in the area of childhood and adult trauma and presented at a wide variety of regional and national scientific meetings. She is sought after to provide specific training on assessment and treatment of complex trauma, and in particular she has been a resource to Latino organizations. Dr. Chang served as Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Capitol Region Mental Health Center Women’s Diversion Program from 2003-2006, working with Dr. Julian Ford to adapt Trauma Affect Regulation Guidelines for Education and Therapy (TARGET) to complement the Relational-Cultural treatment and rehabilitation model she initiated. She has conducted TARGET with adolescents. She is a trainer of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Think Trauma Curriculum, Restorative Justice Practices, and Peer Support Services. She has been trained in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach for adolescent cannabis users (ACRA), Adoption Competency, Gestalt Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused CBT, Relational-Cultural Practices and Multicultural Wellness Education. She serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of several grassroots organizations such as: Focus on Recovery United, GOODWorks, the Mathew Jordan Porco Foundation, and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Television. 

She is also a faculty member of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network led by Dr. Joseph Spinazzola. In this role, she has worked with a large Puerto Rico Learning Community that includes all Juvenile Detention Facilities in the island. Dr. Chang has adapted and translated educational materials about Developmental Trauma Disorder and trauma informed services for correctional officers, administrators, educators and clinicians. Currently, she is developing a Spanish curriculum on the intersection of domestic violence, mental health and trauma with the Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence and the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Dr. Chang serves on several committees of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is a peer reviewer of the Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.  

OtherCapitol Community Technical CollegeLiberal Arts (A.S.)
B.S.Trinity CollegeNeuroscience
M.A.University of HartfordClinical Psychology (M.A.)
Psy.D.University of HartfordClinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Post-Graduate Training
Professional TrainingYale UniversityBorderline Personality Disorder, Trauma and Resiliency
EMDR therapyThe EMDR approach to Psychotherapy –EMDR Institute Basic Training Course Part II, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
EMDR therapyThe Village for Families and ChildrenThe EMDR approach to Psychotherapy – EMDR Institute Basic Training Course Part I, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
Professional TrainingDepartment of Children and FamiliesSocial Worker Trainee; Advocated children’s rights, reunified families, provided social services to children and families, and assessed children and family problems.
Professional TrainingConnecticut Children Medical Center SchoolClinical Extern: Performed psychological testing at special education school for emotionally disturbed children, ages 7-16; Conducted individual and group therapy with clients presenting a variety of problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Therapy followed cognitive and behavioral modification approach. Conducted case management services and consultation with teachers and medical staff.
Professional TrainingBrightside School Street Counseling InstituteClinical Extern: Supervisor, Sidney Stern, Ed.D. Conducted individual therapy with adults and children. Treated characterological and affective disorders in adults using Cognitive Behavioral modalities as well as psychodynamic case conceptualizations. Conducted play therapy, family therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy with children.
InternshipBrightside School Street Counseling InstituteDual rotation internship in clinical psychology. Outpatient, individual, family and group therapy with adults, adolescents and children. Psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostic evaluation of adults, adolescents and children. Worked in collaboration with the YWCA in Northampton, MA and the Youth Build Program in Springfield, MA. Provided consultation to the Youth Build Program and YWCA staff; co-facilitated psychoeducational groups for adolescents from 18 to 25 year olds; and conducted...
FellowshipUConn School of MedicinePsychiatry
Professional TrainingThe National Child Stress Trauma NetworkTrain the Trainers, Restorative Practice Approach, Train the Trainers, Think Trauma Curriculum.
Adoption Coompetency TrainingUniversity of Connecticut

Psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults and biological, foster and adoptive families including treatment for mood and co-occurring disorders, PTSD, complex trauma

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Matthew Jordan Foundation, 2013 to presentOtherMemberExternalState2013
Family and Adolescent Services, National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice. Oversee planning, implementation, and evaluation of training, technical assistance, program development, and dissemination of evidence-based services projects for traumatized youth and families involved in or at risk for juvenile justice involvement nationally. Principal Investigator: Julian Ford, PhDProfessional/Scientific OrganizationAssociate DirectorExternalNational20122015
Regional Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network Complex Trauma Treatment Network. Oversee planning, implementation, and evaluation of training and technical assistance projects with regional and territorial public sector agency consortia in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Principal Investigators: Joseph Spinazzola, PhD, Julian Ford, PhDProfessional/Scientific OrganizationCo-DirectorExternalRegional20112015
Focus on Recovery United, Inc., Assisted in the implementation of a peer support model; provided support and guidance to the organization for the implementation of short and long term goals, 2006 to presentAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2006
Capitol Region Mental Health Center and University of Connecticut Women’s Jail Diversion Program. Supervised one of the nation’s first federally funded gender-specific jail diversion treatment programs. Developed and implemented a therapeutic curriculum for women offenders. Provided individual comprehensive mental health and substance abuse assessments and developed appropriate treatment plans using the Relational-Cultural Theory, Motivational Enhancement Therapy,and Cognitive-Behavioral...Professional/Scientific OrganizationClinical DirectorUConn HealthState20032006
GOODWorks, Inc., Provide consultation to Executive Director to develop a therapeutic curriculum for ex-women offenders who are transitioning from correctional institution into the community, 2003 to presentAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState2003
Association of Peruvian American Professionals (APAPRO), Organize educational events to immigrants in need of guidance and support to pursue further education, 2000 to presentEducation CommitteeMemberUConn HealthState2000
Connecticut Public Television, 2014 to presentAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalState

Traumatic stress and substance abuse disorders

Journal Articles

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life SpanLectureInternational Society for Traumatic Stress Studies2014Miami, FL
The impact of Developmental Trauma in children and familiesLectureNational Alliance for Mental Illness Conference2014Meriden, CT
The use of theater to understand adolescents’ traumatic experiences and the importance of peer and mentor supportLectureConnecticut Youth Safety Conference2013East Hartford, CT
Spanish Track - Working in Collaboration to Develop Trauma Informed Services in Latino CommunitiesLectureCalifornia Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors Conference2013Sacremento, CA
Los efectos del trauma infantil y juvenil en nuestras comunidadesLectureAdministración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción (ASSMCA)2012Bayamon, Puerto Rico
A Systemic Model for PTSD: Trauma-Informed Correctional Mental Health ServicesLectureNational Commission on Correctional Health Care Conference2010Boston, MA
Trauma Affect Regulation Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET)LectureHealing the Generations Conference2009Norwich, CT
Relational Cultural Views of Maternal PTSD: Shame, Guilt and BeliefsLectureAmerican Psychological Association2008Boston, MA
Relational Cultural ApproachesLectureSummer Intensive Program - Stone Center2006Wellesley, MA
“Women, Children and the Criminal Justice System”OtherJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice2005New York, NY
“From Science to Services: Emerging Best Practices for People in Contact with the Justice System,”LectureNational GAINS Center Conference2004Las Vegas, NV
Women’s Support ProgramLecture46th Annual Southern Regional Conference on Mental Health Statistics2004New Orleans, LA