Steve Chang, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience


Steve Chang is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Yale University. His research investigates the neural mechanisms of social cognition and social decision-making. Steve has been in the forefront of using live social interaction paradigms for investigating the neural mechanisms underlying social motivation (leading up to either prosocial or antisocial behaviors) and how social motivation could be improved by oxytocin both at the behavioral as well as at the level of single neurons. The ultimate goal of his research is to elucidate the neurophysiological and neuroendocrinological mechanisms underlying social deficits in psychiatric disorders.

Education & Training

PhD Washington University in St. Louis, Neurosciences (2009)
AB Washington University in St. Louis, Psychology, magna cum laude (2003)
Postdoctoral Research Associate Duke University

Honors & Recognition

  • Early Career AwardSociety for Social Neuroscience (2016)

  • Kavli / National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science FellowKavli Foundation and National Academy of Sciences (2016)

  • NIMH Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)NIMH (2016)

  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in NeuroscienceAlfred P. Sloan Foundation (2015)

  • SfN pool of newsworthy research abstractSociety for Neuroscience (2012)

  • K99/R00 Pathway to Independence AwardNIH/NIMH (2012)

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Contact Info

Steve Chang, PhD
Mailing Address
2 Hillhouse Ave.
Box 208205

New Haven, CT 06520

Chang lab