College of

Dr. Christopher Liang

Professor and Chair, Department of Education & Human Services
Room A233

Dr. Christopher Liang 's Gender, Race, Inclusion, and Trauma lab 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.  Another 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.  The current focus of his work is to implement and test the effectiveness of the critical trauma-responsive schools approach. 

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, particularly in the context of trauma. He also has provided consultation on diversity and inclusion to leaders in a Fortune 500 company. 

Dr. Liang currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Psychology of Men and Masculinities 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. He is a recipient of the honor of "Citizen Psychologist" from the American Psychological Association, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association: Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race; Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology; and Division 51, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinties.

Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Liang, C. T. H., Liu, L.,* Rocchino, G., H.,* Kohler, B.,* & Rosenberger, T.* (in press). Trauma-informed care training for educators: Some preliminary evidence. Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion

Liang, C. T. H., Rocchino, G.,* Gutenkust, M.,* & Smithson, A.* (2020). The Associations between Adolescent Masculinity, Academic Self-Efficacy, Image Management, Self-Regulatory Behaviors, and Academic Skepticism. Psychology in the Schools.

Molenaar, C., & Liang, C. T. H. (2020). A brief qualitative exploration of men’s possible masculinities. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

Liang, C. T. H., Rocchino, G.*, Gutenkust, M.,* Paulvin, C.,* Melo, K.,* & Snowden, T.,* (2019). Perspectives of respect, teacher-student relationships, and school climate among boys of color: A multifocus group study. Psychology of Men of Masculinities.

Ge. S.,* & Liang, C. T. H. (2019). Masculine gender role expectations in China: A Consensual Qualitative Research - Modified study. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Liu, J.,* Liang, C. T. H., Nguyen, D.,* & Melo, K. (2018)*. A qualitative study of intergenerational conflicts among second generation Chinese and Taiwanese Americans. Journal of Asian American Psychology.

Hermann, C.,* & Liang, C. T. H., & DeSipio, B. (2018). Exploring sexual consent and masculine norms using the theory of planned behavior. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 491-499. 

Liang, C. T. H., & Rivera, L.* (2017). Psychological approaches to working with vulnerable children. In. F. Beachum & F. Obeakor (Eds). Improving Educational Outcomes of Vulnerable Children: Starting from the Bottom. Svedala, Sweden: Oakleaf Books.

Liang, C. T. H., Ge. S.,* & Nguyen, D.* (2017). 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.* (2017).  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.

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.

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.

Gender, Race, Inclusion, and Trauma Lab

Doctoral and Master's Students

Fall 2017 Training for the Lab