Dr. Christopher Liang

Phone: 
610-758-3253
Office: 
Room A233
Associate Professor, Co-Director & Training Coordinator
Research Interests: 
Prevention
Multicultural Issues
Minority Student Development
Educational access and equity

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.  His last and main 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. A current focus of his work is to implement and test the effectiveness of the trauma-informed 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 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. He is a recipient of the honor of "Citizen Psychologist" from the American Psychological Association.

Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Song, G.,* & Liang, C. T. H. (in press). 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

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

Gender, Race, Inclusion, and Trauma Lab

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