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Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, MA, MS, PPS


Assistant Dean, Interdisciplinary Professional Education
Founding Chair & Asst. Professor
Department of Social Medicine & Healthcare Leadership


College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: gsingerchang@westernu.edu

Phone: 3812 |

Education

  • Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Alliant University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 1996
     
  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Alliant University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 1994
     
  • M.S., Counseling/School Counseling, California State University, Fullerton, 1992
     
  • B.S., Journalism, Minor in Psychology, San Diego State University, 1988

Certification

Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS), School Counseling, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1992-Present

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Dean, Interdisciplinary Professional Education, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), July 2010-Present
  • Founding Chair/Assistant Professor, Department of Social Medicine & Healthcare Leadership, COMP, WesternU, July 2008-Present
  • Founding Director, Institute for Medical Educators, COMP, WesternU, July 2008-Present
  • Director, Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE), WesternU, July 2009-June 2011
  • Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, COMP, WesternU, September 2003-January 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Family Medicine, COMP, WesternU, March 1999-January 2005
  • Organizational Development Consultant, GEO Group, March 1998-March 1999
  • Adjunct Instructor, Psychology, Concordia University, Irvine, January 1988-December 1999
  • Adjunct Instructor, Human Services, California State University, Fullerton, January-June 1988
  • Post-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Intern, El Toro Marine Base Family Services Center, January 1997-March 1988
  • Clinical Psychology Intern, Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry, August 1995-June 1996
  • Clinical Psychology Intern, Orange Coast College Student Health Center, August 1994-June 1995
     

Professional Presentations/Invited Guest Lectures

 

  • Does IQ + EQ = DO? What Exploratory Research Reveals in a Preliminary Analysis of Emotional Intelligence and First Year Osteopathic Medical Student Performance at COMP
    American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
    Gail Singer-Chang, Psy.D., Juan Ramirez, Ph.D., Neil Patel, Ph.D., Scott Helf, DO, MSIT
  • Does IQ + EQ = DO? A Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of Emotional Intelligence on 1st Year Osteopathic  Medical Student Performance & Success
    Gail Singer-Chang, Psy.D., Juan Ramirez, Ph.D., Neil Patel, Ph.D., Scott Helf, DO, MSIT
  • Autism 101: What Potential Health Professions Students Need to Know about Autism
    Cal. State Fullerton Medical Student Association
  • The Meaning of a Collaborative Partnership Between the Parents and School Team
    62nd Annual Conference of the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP): Excelling Together: Linking Home, Schools, and Community
  • An Inter-professional Faculty Learning Community on Generational Issues in Health Professions Education:  A University’s Example of Creating a Critical Forum
    22nd Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, West International Alliance of Teacher Scholars, Poster Presentation
  • Are Millennials Perceived to be Less Professional on Clinical Rotations:  A Medical School’s Plan to Determine if There is a Relationship Between Alleged Generational Differences and Performance Evaluations
    (Co-Presenters:  Jennifer Buur, CVM; Scott Helf, DO, MSIT)
    22nd Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, West International Alliance of Teacher Scholars, Poster Presentation
  • An Innovative Faculty Development Workshop on Managing Student Relations and Promoting Professional Development:  A Medical School’s Example
    20th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, West International Alliance of Teacher Scholars, Poster Presentation
  • Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorders:  Life on the Spectrum
    Fran Joswik Therapeutic Riding Center
  • The Physician-Patient Intervention: A Conceptual Framework Depicting Psycho-Social Dynamics in Clinical Encounters
    Society for Psychological Anthropology 8th Biennial Meeting – Reaching In: Conversations Between Psychology and Cultural Anthropology, Poster Presentation
  • Enabling Disability Education:  The Benefits of Using Disabled Persons as Standardized Patients (co-presenters:  Jennifer Gibson, PhD, Christine Jacobson, MA, Cee Harrelson)
    10th International Ottawa Conference on Medical Education
    Poster Presentation
  • Creative Use of Assessment & Feedback:  Increasing Deep Learning & Professionalism  (co-presenter: Alana Olschwang, MA)
    73rd Annual Meeting Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)
    Poster Presentation
  • Recognizing Depression and Anxiety in Patient Care
    Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California (OPSC)
  • Western Cultural Values and Power in Organizations
    Redlands University Business Ethics Course

Awards

  • Founder’s Day Award.  College of Optometry, Western University of Health Sciences in Recognition of “Advocacy for Vulnerable Populations” (2011)
  • Excellence in Education Award.  California Association of School Psychologists (CASP, 2011)
  • Biographical inclusion:  Marquis “Who’s Who in American Education” (2005-Present)
  • Biographical inclusion:  Marquis “Who’s Who in America” (2002-Present)
  • Biographical inclusion:  Marquis “Who’s Who in the World” (2006)
  • Biographical inclusion:  Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women” (2005)
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Certificate of Recognition -   Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) -  Level I Item Writing Contributions, (2001-2003)
  • United States Marine Corps:   Award for Dedicated Service (1998), El Toro Marine Base Family Services Center
  • Greatest Professional Promise (1992):  Dept. of Counseling, Cal. State University, Fullerton
     

Committees

Advisory Board Member – COB Community Online Network (Children’s Opportunity for Brilliance) (December 2009-Present).  A start-up non-profit organization designed to form on-line communities of parents, therapists, & educators to address teamwork, interventions, and educational strategies for children with autism spectrum & other developmental disorders.

Publication

  • Feder, J, Singer-Chang, G.  Autism spectrum disorder:  what every pharmacist needs to know. California Pharmacist: Pediatric Behavioral Health, CME Article. Vol. CV111(3). Summer 2011: 23-30.
  • Mackintosh, SE, Adams, CE, Singer-Chang, G, Hruby, R. Osteopathic Approach to Implementing and Promoting Inter-professional Education JAOA, Vol. 111(4). Medical Education Ed. April 2011:206-212.
  • The Self-Actualized Physician:  Humanism, Healing, and the Fulfillment of Human Potential (Spring 2004).  In Humanism in the Health Sciences, 7,7-10. 
  • The Physician-Patient Intervention: Therapeutic Dynamics in Clinical Encounters. In Southern California Clinician.  Premiere issue; (Fall 2003), Vol. 1.
  • The Physician-Patient Intervention: A Conceptual Framework Depicting Psycho-Social Dynamics in Clinical Encounters (April 2003).  In The Society for Psychological Anthropology 8th Biennial Meeting:  Reaching In:  Conversations Between Psychology and Cultural Anthropology Program Abstracts, pp. 36. (Abstract).
  • The Benefits of Using Disabled Persons as Standardized Patients (July 2002).  In The 10th Ottawa Conference:  Programs and Abstracts, pp. 153-154. (co-authors:  Jennifer Gibson, Ph.D., Christine Sheppard, M.S., Cee Harrelson, B.A.).
  • Contributing Editor, Humanism in the Health Sciences , (Spring 2001).
  • Physician KNOW Thy Self: Using Self-Reflection to Become a More Humanistic Health Care Practitioner (Spring 2001).  In Humanism in the Health Sciences, 4 (1) 16-17. 
  • To Heal and To Hold: A Framework for Understanding the Nature of the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Spring/Summer 2000).  In Humanism in the Health Sciences, 1 (4), 24-26.
  • Faculty Workload Assessment Proves to be Beneficial (March 2000). Letter to the Editor In Family Medicine,32   (3),   p 155. (co-author: Alan Cundari, DO, Dept. Chair).