Dr. Christopher Liang is focused on four main areas of research and scholarship. The first area of his research seeks the understand the role of coping and cognitive processes in the association between perceived ethnic discrimination and mental health outcomes among people of color. His second area focuses on understanding the role of masculinity in the health-related and sexual behaviors of men, with a focus on help-seeking and gender-based violence. His third area of research addresses the intersections of gender, culture, and perceived discrimination in the lives of ethnic minority women and men in the United States. His last area of focus is examining the effectiveness of a modified evidence-based school-based intervention on the academic well-being of youth of color in urban settings. He welcomes graduate and undergraduate students on his research team.
The purpose of his research lines is to determine effective individual-level, systems-level, and policy-oriented interventions. For instance, Dr. Liang has worked with school districts, Universities, Departments of Health and Human Services, as well as not-for-profit community organizations to strengthen their capacity to serve diverse children, youth, and families. Dr. Liang currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Counseling Psychologist and the Psychology of Men and Masculinity and is a past President of Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity) of the American Psychological Association. He coauthored the book, Handbook of Multicultural Measures and co-edited The Costs of Racism for People of Color: Contextualizing Experiences of Discrimination.
Recent Publications (*denotes student author)
Liang, C. T. H., & Rivera, L.* (in press). Psychological approaches to working with vulnerable children.,
Liang, C. T. H., Ge. S.,* & Nguyen, D.* (in press). Asian Americans and gender. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
Liang, C. T. H., Molenaar, C.,* Hermann, C.,* & Rivera, L.* (in press). Dysfunction strain programs aimed at men’s violence, substance use, and lack of self-care. In R. Levant & J. Wong (Eds). Psychology of Men and Masculinities. Washington D. C.: American Psychological Association
Liang, C. T. H., Knauer-Turner, E.,* Molenaar, C.,* & Price, E.,* (2016). A qualitative examination of the gendered and racialized lives of Latina college students. Gender Issues. Online First doi:10.1007/s12147-016-9163-8
Liang, C T. H., & Molenaar, C.* (2016). Counseling and therapy with men. In L. Beutler, A. Consoli, & B. Bonger (Eds), The comprehensive textbook of psychotherapy (2nd ed.). pp 315 – 328. Oxford University Press.
Alvarez, A.N., Liang, C. T. H., Molenaar, C.,* & Nguyen, D.* (2016). Mediators and Moderators of Racism. In, A. N. Alvarez, C. T. H. Liang, & H. Neville (Eds), The costs of racism for people of color: Contextualizing experiences of discrimination. pp 85 - 106. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Liang, C. T. H., Molenaar, C.,* & Heard, S.* (2016). Race, Masculinity, and Gendered Racism: President Obama’s Influence on Black men. In L. Barker-Hackett (Ed), Obama on Our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America. pp. 169-185, Oxford University Press.
Liang, C. T. H., & Molenaar, C.* (2016). Beliefs in an unjust world: Mediating the associations between psychological outcomes and within group and between group discrimination. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72, 552-562. DOI:10.1002/jclp.22271
Arrelano-Morales, L., Liang, C. T. H., Ruiz, L.,* & Rios-Oropeza, E.* (2016). Masculinity, Racism, and Coping among Latino male day laborers. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 4, 32-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lat0000049
Davis, J., & Liang, C. T. H. (2015). A test of the mediating role of gender role conflict: Latino masculinities and help-seeking attitudes. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 16, 23-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035320
Ojeda, L., & Liang, C. T. H. (2014). Bicultural stress, ethnic identity, and machismo as predictors of coping among Mexican American adolescent males. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15(3), 296-304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0033293
Liang, C. T. H., & Borders, A. (2012). Beliefs in an unjust world mediate the associations between perceived ethnic discrimination and psychological functioning. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 528-533. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.04.022
Liang, C. T. H., Salcedo, J.,* & Miller, H.* (2011). Perceived racism, masculinity ideologies, and gender role conflict among Latino men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 12, 201 – 215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0020479
Borders, A., & Liang, C. T. H. (2011). Rumination partially mediates the associations between perceived ethnic discrimination, emotional distress, and aggression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 125-133. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0023357