Mei-Wei Chang

Mei-Wei Chang
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Associate Professor
200N Heminger Hall
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1577 Neil Avenue
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Mei Wei Chang’s research focuses on lifestyle behavior weight management intervention including stress and emotion management, healthy eating and physical activity. She has been principal investigator for several NIH-funded lifestyle behavior intervention studies for low-income overweight or obese mothers with young children, and for overweight or obese pregnant women. Her interventions have been delivered  through culturally sensitive videos, peer support group teleconferences, website and online individual health coaching. Chang has expertise in translational research, goal-oriented episodic future thinking (picturing goal-relevant future events in the individual’s life), executive function intervention, designing community and theory-based lifestyle behavioral weight management intervention that addresses the needs of individuals and their family, evaluation of feasibility study, assessment of nutrition (24-hour dietary recall via NCI ASA 24) and physical activity (using Actigraph Accelerometer). Chang also has expertise in application of community-based participatory techniques, instrument development, focus group discussion, qualitative data analysis, health coaching, motivational interviewing and training of community dietitians and peer educators in leading motivational interviewing counseling sessions. She has unique expertise in the development of totally unscripted video intervention. Her culturally sensitive intervention videos that feature low-income overweight or obese young mothers and their family members, especially young children, have been implemented and sustained by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nationwide to supplement daily practice since 2015. She has created motivation interviewing training videos that featured WIC dietitians, nurses and clients. These training videos have been implemented and sustained by State of Michigan WIC since 2016 as a required training. 


February 22, 2024

College ranks 6th among public institutions

For the first time in its history, The Ohio State University College of Nursing vaulted into the nation’s top 10 colleges of nursing in funding support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

February 21, 2024

by Dr. Mary Beth Happ and Dr. Karen Rose

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