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Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang
Jamie Chang

Assistant Professor

I am born and raised in San Francisco/Daly City and have been involved in Bay Area health issues much of my life. I am a medical sociologist by training, and I research health topics using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. My research focuses on homelessness, supportive housing, drug/alcohol use, substance use treatment, and stigma. I have conducted research with collaborators at U.C.S.F., U.C. Berkeley, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital, and several non-profit organizations. Recently, much of my research has attended to the current opioid/pain dilemma. In addition to researching these substantive topics, I have also published theories and methods to help us better understand and address public health issues.


Chang, Jamie Suki. 2017. “Health in the Tenderloin: A Resident-Guided Study of Substance Use, Treatment, and Housing.” Social Science and Medicine, 176, 166-174.

Chang, Jamie Suki. 2017. “The Docent Method: A Grounded Theory Approach for Researching Health and Place.” Qualitative Health Research, 27(4), 609-619.

Chang, Jamie Suki, Joshua Chiu, Valerie Gruber, and James L. Sorensen. (2017) Fair Hearing Outcomes of Patients Recommended Discharge from Methadone Maintenance. In press. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Kelly R. Knight, Margot Kushel, Jamie Suki Chang, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, Emily Hurstak, & Christine Miaskowski (2017). Opioid pharmacovigilance: a clinical-social history of changes in opioid prescribing for patients with co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use. Social Science & Medicine, 186, 87-95.

Hurstak, Emily, Margot Kushel, Jamie Chang, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, Christine Miaskowski, & Kelly R. Knight (2017). The risks of opioid treatment: Perspectives of primary care practitioners and patients from safety-net clinics. Substance Abuse, 38(2), 213-221.

Chang, Jamie Suki, Margot Kushel, Christine Miaskowski, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, and Kelly Knight. 2017. “Clinicians’ experiences with the identification, management, and treatment of co-occurring chronic non-cancer pain and substance use history in the safety net.” Substance Use and Misuse 52(2), 251-255.

Chang, Jamie Suki, Michael Shopshire, Martin Iguchi, Carmen Masson, and James Sorensen. 2017. “Asians and Pacific Islanders Experiences in Substance Use Treatment: Treatment Providers’ Perspectives.” Accepted for upcoming Special Issue of Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse

Ceasar, Rachel, Jamie Suki Chang, Margot Kushel, Christine Miaskowski, Rachel Ceasar, Kara Zamora, and Kelly Knight. 2016. “Primary Care Providers’ Experiences with Urine Toxicology Screening Tests to Manage Prescription Opioid Misuse and Substance Use Among Chronic Non-Cancer Pain Patients in Safety Net Healthcare Settings.” Substance Abuse, 37(1), 154-160.

Chang, Jamie Suki, Leslie Dubbin, and Janet K. Shim. 2015. “Negotiating Substance Use Stigma: The Role of Cultural Health Capital in Provider-Patient Interactions.” Sociology of Health and Illness 38(1): 90-108.

Dubbin, Leslie, Jamie Suki Chang and Janet K. Shim. 2013. “Cultural Health Capital and the Interactional Dynamics of Patient-Centered Care.” Social Science and Medicine, 93: 113–120.

Harrington, Charlene, Taewoon Kang, Jamie Suki Chang. 2009. “Factors Associated with Living in a Developmental Center in California.” Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 47(2):108-24.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Shim, Janet K., Jamie Suki Chang, and Leslie A. Dubbin. Forthcoming. “Cultural health capital: A sociological intervention into patient-centered care and the Affordable Care Act.” In Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: Bridging Perspectives for New Conversations, edited by Michele Rivkin-Fish, Mara Buchbinder, and Rebecca Walker. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. (Invited book chapter)

Published Reports

Harrington, Charlene, Janice O’Meara, Eric Collier, Taewoon Kang, Caroline Stephens, and Jamie Suki Chang. 2008. Impact of California’s Medi-Cal Long Term Care Reimbursement Act On Access, Quality and Costs. Report prepared for the California Healthcare Foundation. University of California, San Francisco.

Harrington, Charlene, Beverly Granda, Helen Carillo, Jamie Suki Chang, and Brandee Woleslagle. 2008. State data book on long term care, 2007. Program and market characteristics. Report prepared for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. University of California, San Francisco.