Assistant Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2011
Office: BGC M215
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2010
Predoctoral Internship, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Abuse, The University of Chicago, 2011
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College, 1989
B.A., Psychology, Northwestern University, 1985
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#166000356), State of Illinois, 1995
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (#071008856), State of Illinois, 2014
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About Sandra Yu Rueger
I am licensed as a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist with experience in a wide range of mental health settings, including psychiatric medical centers, community mental health centers, a church-based counseling center, and private practice. As a clinician, I specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, couples therapy, and family therapy with children and adolescents using empirically-supported approaches. As a researcher, I aim to add to the scientific understanding of risk and resilience factors related to stress adaptation, and inform clinical practice in the prevention and treatment of depression and alcohol use disorders. What I enjoy most about being at Wheaton College is the opportunity to mentor students. It is a privilege to walk beside these amazing young men and women on their path of growth and learning, and support them in their preparation for what God has for them in the future. When not working, I love spending time with family and friends, playing games, eating good food, and just laughing and sharing life together. Oh, and I keep meaning to start working out again.
- 636 Family Systems Theory and Counseling
- 738 Family Theory and Therapy
- 747 Research and Statistics II
- 851 Substance Abuse
- 797 Practica Seminar group
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Psychological Association
- Society for Research on Child Development
- Association for Psychological Science
- Research Society on Alcoholism
My research interests focus on individual differences in responses to stress, and the risk and resilience factors related to adaptive coping and persistence in the face of negative events. I am particularly interested in vulnerabilities related to pessimistic thinking patterns, and the protective role of social relationships, optimistic thinking patterns and hope, especially during life transitions. I also have interests in the development and testing of assessment instruments used in research.
I am currently working on a longitudinal study, called “Adolescents Moving On Study” (AMOS), which is focused on psychosocial risk and protective factors during the transition from adolescence into early adulthood. I also continue to collaborate at the University of Chicago in the Clinical Addictions Research Lab on alcohol-related risk and resilience factors, especially in underserved minority populations. The newest project under development is focused on collaborating with churches and social service agencies to better understand psychosocial and familial risk and protective factors in youth from Korean and Chinese origins.
Dr. Rueger directs the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab.
Rueger, S. Y. (2014-2015). Coping motives for alcohol use in Asian American youth (Wheaton College Aldeen Faculty Development Grant). Funding: $3,550.
Rueger, S. Y. (2010-2013). Alcohol Stimulation and Sedation in Binge Drinkers. Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-related Research. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA Grant #R01 AA013746-S). Funding: $101,408 total direct costs.
Rueger, S. Y. (2013-2014). Attributional style and parental support as risk and protective factors to depression: A longitudinal follow-up into young adulthood (Wheaton College Aldeen Faculty Development Grant). Funding: $2,520.
Rueger, S. Y. (2012). Unique effects of drinking and abstention motives on alcohol use in a college population (Wheaton College Psychology Department Faculty Research Grant). Funding: $7,500.
Rueger, S. Y. (2011-2013). Attributional style and parental support as risk and protective factors to depression: A longitudinal follow-up into late adolescence (Wheaton College Psychology Department Faculty Research Grant). Funding: $7,500.
Select Peer-Reviewed Publications
Rueger, S. Y., Hu, H. X., McNamara, P., Cao, D. C., Hao, W., & King, A. K. (in press). Differences in subjective response to alcohol in heavy and light drinking Chinese men versus Caucasian-American men. Addiction.
Rueger, S. Y. & Jenkins, L. N. (2014). Effects of peer victimization on psychological and academic adjustment in early adolescence. School Psychology Quarterly, 29, 77-88. doi: 10.1037/spq0000036.
Rueger, S. Y., Chen. P., Jenkins, L. N., *Choe, H. J. (2014). Stability and change in perceived support from adults in the development of depressive symptoms during the transition to middle school. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 655-670.
Rueger, S. Y. & King, A. K. (2013). Validation of the Brief Biphasic Alcohol Effects Scale (B-BAES). Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(3), 470-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01941.x.
Rueger, S. Y., Trela, C. J., Palmeri, M., & King, A. K. (2012). A self-administered web-based Timeline Followback procedure for drinking and smoking behaviors in young adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 829-833.
Rueger, S. Y., Malecki, C. K., & Demaray, M. K. (2011). Stability of peer victimization in early adolescence: Effects of timing and duration. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 443-464.
Rueger, S. Y., & Malecki, C. K. (2011). Effects of stress, attributional style, and perceived parental support on depressive symptoms in early adolescence: A prospective analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 347-359.
Rueger, S. Y., Lovejoy, M. C., Katz, R., & Risser, H. J. (2011). Relationship between parental affect and parenting behavior: A meta-analytic review. Parenting: Science and Practice, 11, 1-33.
Rueger, S. Y., Haines, B. A., & Malecki, C. M. (2010). Attributional style from middle childhood to early adolescence: Further validation of the paper and pencil versions of the Children’s Attributional Style Interview. Assessment, 17, 294-307.
Rueger, S. Y., Malecki, C. K., & Demaray, M. K. (2010). Relationship between multiple sources of perceived social support and psychological and academic adjustment in early adolescence: Comparisons across gender. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 47-61.
Books and Book Chapters
Rueger, S. Y. & Van Dyke, D. (2014). Family systems approaches to treatment. In K. F. Flanagan & S. Hall (Eds.), Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology (pp. 353-386). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Presentations with Student Co-Authors
*Aycock, C., *Hook, K., *Chen, J., *Lindsey, M., *Smith, L. J., Chen, P., & Rueger, S. Y. (2014, May). Parental Monitoring Buffers the Effects of Music-Related Media Exposure on Underage Drinking. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Rueger, S. Y., *Aycock, C., *Smith, L. J., *Christiansen, E. J., *Hocking, J. E., & *Chen, J. T. (2014, May). Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Social Support and Depression in At-Risk Youth. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
*Choe, H. J., *Lindsay, M., Hall, S. & Rueger, S. Y. (2013, August). Assessing motives to abstain and limit drinking in young adults. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
*Daniel, Q., *Meadow, M., *Rabe, K., Hall, S. & Rueger, S. Y. (2013, August). Drinking, abstaining and limiting motives in young adult drinkers. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
*Baur, A., *Aycock, C., *Choe, H. J., *Hyun, J., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, October). Relation between Depression and Social Support from Teachers and Classmates: A Meta-Analytic Review. Poster presented at the annual Wheaton College Summer Research Conference, Wheaton, IL.
*Meadows, M. S., Rabe, K. E., *O’Neill, A., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Is internalizing distress a mediator between victimization and academic adjustment? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
*Jackson, A., *Wu, E., Richmond, A., Ph.D., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Ethnic differences in attributional style across three dimensions in early adolescents. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
*Kirby, A. E., *Choe, H. J., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Abbreviated assessment tool of learned helplessness and mastery orientation: Student Behavior Checklist-Brief (SBC-B). Poster presented at the annual conference of Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
Rueger, S. Y., Chen. P., Jenkins, L. N., *Choe, H. J. (2012, May). Stability and change in perceived support from adults in the development of depressive symptoms during the transition to middle school. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
*denotes student authors