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Special Guest Lecture January 10, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence on Women:
Consequences, Processes for Behavioral Change,
and How Health Providers Can Help


Judy Chang   Judy Chang, MD, MPH

  Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & 
    Reproductive Sciences
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine








Dr. Chang's work has been primarily focused on violence against women, specifically on issues regarding health care screening and interventions for intimate partner violence. She has participated in multiple collaborative groups exploring various topics in women’s health services and outcomes, and is currently expanding her research to examine patient-provider communication in women’s health and obstetrics/gynecology. Other research interests include preventive health education and screening as well as intervention for risky behaviors and stigmatizing conditions, and she has had experience with qualitative methodology and survey research. She co-developed and co-teaches a course on qualitative research methods through the Center for Research on Health Care. Dr. Chang is a core member of the Magee-RAND Women’s Health Initiative, a BIRCWH Scholar, a core faculty member of the Center for Research in Health Care, and she serves on the Steering Committee for the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Doctor-Patient Communication.

Learning Objectives:  At the end if the lecture, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the prevalence and health consequences of intimate partner violence for female patients.
  2. Understand the process of help-seeking and change is often gradual for women experiencing intimate partner violence.
  3. Appreciate what women who have experienced intimate partner violence need and want from their health care providers.
  4. Describe what health providers can do to help victims in their process of change and help-seeking.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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