Lisa Kiang

kiangl@wfu.edu
Asst. Professor of Psychology
(336) 758-5750
Greene Hall 446

My research is in self and identity, family and social relationships, and culture. Major themes include:

(1) Relational approaches to self and identity: I am interested in how self-evaluations and social identifications vary across relationships (e.g., parents, same-ethnic peers, different-ethnic peers) and ultimately influence adjustment. I also examine how ethnic identity operates within the specific social context of the family.

(2) Protective influences in development: With a focus on youth from ethnic minority backgrounds, I am interested in uncovering ways to promote healthy well-being and more adaptive social relationships. Does cultural background or ethnic identification have a protective role in development? What are the precise mechanisms by which these positive effects occur (e.g., through a deeper sense of social belonging or purpose in life)?

In upcoming work, I plan to integrate biological, social, and cultural factors into an interdisciplinary framework to better understand how multiple processes interact in development.

Selected Publications:

  • Kiang, L., Yip, T., Gonzales-Backen, M., Witkow, M., & Fuligni, A.J. (in press). Ethnic identity and the daily psychological well-being of adolescents from Mexican and Chinese backgrounds. Child Development.
  • Kiang, L., Harter, S., & Whitesell, N.R. (in press). Relational expression of ethnic identity in Chinese Americans. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
  • Stocker, C.M., Richmond, M.K., Kline, G.H., & Kiang, L. (in press). Family emotional processes and adolescents’ adjustment. Social Development.
  • Kiang, L., Moreno, A.J., & Robinson, J.L. (2004). Maternal preconceptions predict children’s empathy, maternal sensitivity, and child temperament. Developmental Psychology, 40, 1081-1092.
  • Harter, S., & Kiang, L. (2002). Parent-child factors that contribute to self-development. International encyclopedia of marriage and family relationships (2nd ed.). New York: MacMillan.
  • Developmental Psychology