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Hana Yoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

On Faculty since 2013
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Dr. Yoo is interested in studying family relationships from a system's perspective. She is also interested in applying her research findings to clinical settings to enhance distressed families’ well-being. Utilizing the scientist-practitioner model, she has conducted several research projects regarding couple relationships, parent-child relationships, and the effects of therapeutic alliance on treatment outcomes. It is somewhat difficult to identify her hobbies (unless sleeping and daydreaming count). However, what she definitely enjoys is attending national/international conferences – presenting her research and hanging out with her friends in academia.

Ohio State University
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science, 2013

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, 2009

Chongshin University
B.A., Theology, 2005

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  
Illinois, # 166.001041

  • Diversity and Social Justice Issues in Clinical Supervision
  • Child Abuse/Maltreatment
  • Family Systems Theories
  • Couple Relationships
  • Intimacy
  • Family-of-Origin Issues & Intergenerational Transmission
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT): Approved Supervisor; member since 2009

(* indicates student authors)

Watson, T., Kiteki, B., & Yoo, H. Fostering Diversity Competence and Advocacy Skills in Clinical Supervision.
Presentation at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL, USA, March 2017

Yoo, H. & *Chung, S. Practical Application of Art Therapy for Families in Treatment
Workshop presentation at the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Naperville, IL, USA, March 2016

*Chung, K. & Yoo, H. Immigrants and Refugees: Mental Health, Cultural Integration, and Empowerment
Workshop presentation at the Illinois Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Naperville, IL, USA, March 2016

Shannon, S., Bartle-Haring, S., Yoo, H. Variance in Couple Differentiation: Satisfaction and Status
Research poster presentation accepted at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Austin, TX, USA, September 2015

Yoo, H., *Solorzano, C., & *Shim, C., Enhancing Couple Intimacy in the Early Phase of Therapy: First 3 Sessions
Poster presentation at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2014

*Solorzano, C., *Shim, C., *Cooper, T., *Gulasekharam, T., & Yoo, H., Immigrant Families: Gaps in MFT Research and Practice
Poster presentation accepted at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 2014

Patton, R., *Luo, Y., Katafiasz, H., *Fisher, U., & Yoo, H. Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescent Immigrant Mothers
Research poster presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Milwaukee, WI, USA, October 2014

*Luo, Y., Patton, R., *Fisher, U., *Smith, S., & Yoo, H. Cultural Activity Awareness and Substance Use among International Adoptees
Research poster presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Milwaukee, WI, USA, October 2014

Yoo, H. & Feng, X., Children’s Social Competence as the Outcome of Couple Intimacy and Parent-Child Closeness
Poster presentation at the 23rd International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development biennial meeting, Shanghai, China, July 2014

Yoo, H. Couple Intimacy and Relationship Satisfaction: A Comparison Study
Paper presentation at the 75th National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2013

Pratt, K., Yoo, H., Lamson, A., Craven, J., & Cai, Y. The Self-Reported Strengths and Concerns of Diabetic Youths and Their Caregivers: A Qualitative Study
Paper presentation at the 75th National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2013

Yoo, H. & Bartle-Haring, S. Couples’ emotional and sexual intimacy in long-term marriages
Poster presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Portland, OR, October 2013

Yoo, H. & Feng, X., Children’s Social Competence as the Outcome of Interdependence among Family Subsystems
Paper presentation at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, Seattle, WA, April 2013

Yoo, H. & Snyder, A. Couple Intimacy and Relationship Satisfaction in Long‐term Marriages: A Longitudinal Study
Paper presentation at the 74th National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 2012

Yoo, H. & Bartle-Haring, S., Between‐Partner Agreement on Intimacy and Relationship Satisfaction
Poster presentation at the 74th National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Phoenix, AZ, November 2012

Gangamma, R., Bartle-Haring, S., Yoo, H., Ponappa, S., Holowacz, E., & Lotspeich-Younkin, F., Locus of Control, Differentiation and Therapeutic Alliance
Poster presentation at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy annual conference, Charlotte, NC, September 2012

Yoo, H., Schoppe-Sullivan, S., Kamp Dush, C., & Kotila, L., Couple relationships, coparenting, and parental involvement
Poster workshop at the 13th World Association for Infant Mental Health, Cape Town, South Africa, April 2012

Yoo, H. Differentiation of Self and Emotional Intimacy in Marital Relationships
Poster presentation at the 20th International Family therapy Association conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 2012

Yoo, H., Feng, X., & Day, R., Mediating effect of perceived closeness to parents in the relation between parenting and adolescent empathy and prosocial behavior
Poster presentation at the 14th Society for Research on Adolescence biennial conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 2012

  • Families in Context
  • Marriage and Family Therapy I: Theoretical Foundations
  • Marriage and Family Therapy II: Assessment & Intervention
  • Family Therapy Research & Implications for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Couple Therapy
  • Personal and Professional Development Group

Dr. Yoo’s research interests include relationship issues in families involved in child welfare system, and the quality of counseling/therapy services provided to these families. She is currently collecting data for two research projects that involve interviewing parents with allegations of child abuse/maltreatment and mental health service providers working with child welfare cases.

Predicting Premature Termination with Alliance at Session 1 and 3: A Brief Report., Journal of Family Therapy, 2016
Research has demonstrated that the therapeutic alliance is associated with termination status and treatment outcomes regardless of therapy models and the number of people involved in the treatment. Compared to individual therapy, however, relatively less attention has been paid to the therapeutic alliance as a predictor of premature termination of couple and family therapy. In the current study ...
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Couple Communication, Emotional and Sexual Intimacy, and Relationship Satisfaction, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 2014
Emotional and sexual aspects of intimacy in romantic relationships are important correlates of couples’ relationship satisfaction. However, few studies have examined the effect of emotional and sexual aspects of intimacy on relationship satisfaction within the context of the interpersonal relationship processes. In addition, the association between emotional and sexual aspects of intimacy ...
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Adolescents’ Empathy and Prosocial Behavior in the Family Context: A Longitudinal Study, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2013
Children’s empathy and prosocial behavior play an important role in their social competence. Of the influential factors, research has demonstrated that parental behaviors and the quality of the parent–child relationship are important correlates of children’s development of empathy and prosocial behavior. The current study examined the associations between different types of parental ...
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