Dr Valerie Tracie Chang
Valerie completed her PhD in Psychology in 2020 and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Psychology.
Research | Current
Valerie's research focuses on how our current experiences and perceptions can change and bias how we remember our past. Her research examines how factors such as depression, stress, emotion regulation, and negative emotions can color our memories making the past seem more stressful and negative than it actually was, and how these biased memories influences future wellbeing.
Valerie utilizes diary and longitudinal methods to assess memory biases as they occur over time during routine life. To assess how these memory biases function within a relationship context, she is working on a dyadic study to assess how memory biases influence relationship functioning and perceptions of a romantic partner over time.
Teaching | Current
Valerie is a tutor in the School of Psychology teaching PSYCH204 and PSYCH311 Social Psychology
Kate Edger First Year Doctoral Scholarship, 2016
Claude McCarthy Fellowship, 2018
Areas of expertise
Social psychology, emotion regulation, depression, stress, interpersonal processes, social support, close relationships
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Overall, N. C., Clark, M. S., Fletcher, G. J. O., Peters, B. J., & Chang, V. T. (2020). Does expressing emotions enhance perceptual accuracy of negative emotions during relationship interactions?. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 20 (3), 353-367. 10.1037/emo0000653
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nickola Overall
- Chang, V. T. (2020). The Predictors and Wellbeing Consequences of Biases in Memories The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Chang, V. T., Overall, N. C., Madden, H., & Low, R. S. T. (2018). Expressive suppression tendencies, projection bias in memory of negative emotions, and well-being. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 18 (7), 925-941. 10.1037/emo0000405
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nickola Overall, Rachel Low
- Chang, V. T. (2015). Validating the Work Craving Scale and Testing Perceptions of Work Addiction The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.