Chang Lab

Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Research and Care at UCLA
Chang Lab

710 Westwood Plaza, Room 3-155
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769


Samantha (Sam) received her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a minor in Social Work. As an undergraduate, she had a keen sense for research and completed her own research project, which she wrote up as thesis that earned distinction. Sam’s passion for research has continued after graduation. She previously worked at Northwestern University as a Clinical Researcher, and is a Project Manager for Dr. Tim Chang in the UCLA Easton Center. Sam is excited to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and various movement disorders.


Chang Lab

ADRC - Data Management and Statistical Core

ADRC - Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core

ADRC - Biomarker Core

Education and Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and minor in Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois


Abstracts and Publications at Scientific Meetings

Shah, S. J., Griffith, J. (2021). Veterans’ Patient engagement and Health Literacy. In preparation.

Shah, S. J., Tworek C. M., Cimpian, A, Pomerantz, E. M. (2016). Parent’s Talk about Success and Failure in Math: Causes and Consequences for Children’s Beliefs, Achievement, and Motivation. Bachelor’s Thesis.


Barger, M. M., Finis, B., Oh, D., Shah, S., Cimpian, A., & Pomerantz, E. M. (2019). Children’s stable explanations of success and failure as precursors to fixed mindsets about math ability. Poster presented to the Biennial Society for Research on Child Development Conference, Baltimore, MD

Barger, M. M., Pomerantz, E., Oh, D., Shah, S., & Cimpian, A. (2018). Socialization of elementary students’ math mindsets: Parents’ failure mindsets and messages. Paper presented in the symposium Family, friends, and faculty: How actual and perceived beliefs of others shape students' STEM motivation to the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New York

Oh, D., Barger, M. M., Pomerantz, E., Shah, S., & Cimpian, A. (2018). Changing parents’ beliefs about math learning and implications for constructive parenting practices. Poster presented to the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New York.

Barger, M. M., Pomerantz, E., Oh, D., Shah, S., & Cimpian, A. (2017). Helping parents to see that math ability can grow: Implications for parents’ math beliefs. Poster presented at the Learning, Educational Achievement, and Life Course Development Retreat, Bad Boll, Germany.

Undergraduate Research Presenter at Midwestern Psychological Association conference, 2016

University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2016

Psychology Department Honors and Capstone Research Fair, 2016