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Steve W. C. Chang, PhD

Associate Professor Tenure; Associate Professor, Neuroscience; Member, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience



Steve Chang is an Associate Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience at Yale University. He is also a member of the Wu Tsai Institute and the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience at Yale. He is also the co-Director of Undergraduate Studies of Yale's Neuroscience (NSCI) major. His research aims to understand the neural circuit mechanisms of social cognition and social decision-making. Major research approaches include using naturalistic social interaction paradigms combined with state-of-the-art behavioral and neural technologies. The ultimate goal of the research program is to elucidate the neurophysiological and neuropharmacological mechanisms underlying social cognition and how these processes may be disrupted in psychiatric conditions with social deficits.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Duke University (2014)
  • PhD
    Washington University in St. Louis, Neurosciences (2009)
  • AB
    Washington University in St. Louis, Psychology, magna cum laude (2003)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Kavli Innovative Research Award (PIs: Nandy, Jadi, Chang)Kavli Institute for Neuroscience2019
Early Career AwardSociety for Social Neuroscience2016
Kavli / National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science FellowKavli Foundation and National Academy of Sciences2016
NIMH Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)NIMH2016
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in NeuroscienceAlfred P. Sloan Foundation2015
SfN pool of newsworthy research abstractSociety for Neuroscience2012
K99/R00 Pathway to Independence AwardNIH/NIMH2012

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