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Tucson Psychologist Dr. Alice Chang Receives Award From The American Psychological Association

Thursday, May 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
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For immediate release: May 17, 2018





Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives Award Recognizes Her Work as

a Leader, Mentor, Advocate and Scholar


(Tucson, AZ)─Dr. Alice F. Chang, recently retired psychologist noted for her work in medically related psychological issues and chronic illness, as well as being co-founder and President of the Academy for Cancer Wellness, was honored May 16 by the American Psychological Association (APA). As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Dr. Chang, a scientist and practitioner who was the first ethnic minority woman to serve on the APA Board of Directors, was awarded an Inspiring Histories, Inspiring Lives citation from the APA’s CEO, Arthur C. Evans, PhD, The award recognizes her outstanding commitment and contributions to psychology and education as a leader, mentor, advocate and scholar.


          While in Washington DC to accept the award, Dr. Chang also participated in a roundtable discussion with women psychologists of Asian descent who have broken barriers to become leaders. Some of Dr. Chang’s work is also featured as part of the APA’s “I am Psyched for Asian Pacific Heritage Month,” an exhibit currently touring the U.S. The pop-up exhibit explores the history of contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology.


          The Academy for Cancer Wellness, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1995 by Dr. Chang, John J. Welker and his wife, the late Gertrud Welker. The Academy’s mission is to spread awareness of the many people who have faced the challenge of cancer and emerged triumphant; to provide a means for cancer champions to rally amongst themselves for mutual strength and support; to provide funding for research toward the promotion of cancer wellness; and to provide modest financial support for the working poor and under-insured cancer patients.


          From 2002 to 2016 the Academy produced a popular annual fundraiser, Music and Memories, featuring a silent auction and music performed by members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The Music and Memories Concerts were inspired by a musician and cancer victim, who was, like so many in the arts, uninsured. Funds raised benefit the Under-Insured Cancer Patients’ Endowment Fund, enabling the Academy to continue its mission to help those who have been touched by cancer through direct services such as assisting with copay and deductibles for under-insured patients; building funds to help seed research; and helping families cope with the diagnosis, treatment, and long term emotional effects of a chronic illness.


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