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Dr. Christopher Liang

Professor and Chair, Department of Education & Human Services
Phone: 
610-758-3253
Office: 
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.  The fourth and 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. 

Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Rivera, L. A., Liang, C. T. H., Johnson, N. L., & Chakavorty, S. (in press). Military sexual trauma: Exploring the moderating role of restrictive emotionality among male veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lat0000049

Gender, Race, Inclusion, and Trauma Lab

Resilient Lehigh Valley

Proud and Honored to be Included in this video with our wonderful partners at United Way (Greater Lehigh Valley) and Bethlehem Area School District.

Mountain Talk: Helping Kids, Caregivers, and Teachers Cope During COVID-19 Changes

This is a recording of an invited Mountain Talk during the initial stages of Pandemic given in June 2020.

Student Well-Being in an Altered Environment due to the Pandemic

This is a recording from an invited panel talk with CBSE Academics and Training in August 2020.  My portion starts at about the 39th minute.

Creating Calm Page

Brooke Kohler, a member of our team, and I collaborated with our wonderful partners at Resilient Lehigh Valley on this page to provide support to educators during the initial stages of the Pandemic.

Our MTSS Page

Kelsey Gaier, School Psychology doctoral student, and I developed this page to help schools understand and organize their MTSS in the context of racial trauma and Covid-19. 

Resources for Caregivers and Educators

Teresa Rosenberger and Brooke Kohler, two members of the lab, created this Trello Board as a hub for resources during the initial stages of the Covid-19 shutdown.

Notable Professional Accomplishments and Activities:

  • Endowed Iacocca Chair (current)
  • Department Chairperson (current)
  • Co-author, Handbook of Multicultural Measures
  • Co-editor, The Costs of Racism for People of Color: Contextualizing Experiences of Discrimination.
  • Recipient of "Citizen Psychologist" from the American Psychological Association
  • Researcher of the Year (2018), Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity)
  • President of Division 51 (2012 - 2015; Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity)
  • Served on the Editorial Boards of The Counseling Psychologist and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • Serves on the Editorial Boards of Psychology of Men and Masculinities and the Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion 
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association:
    • Division 45, Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, & Race
    • Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology
    • Division 51, Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinties