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Faculty Profile - Tao Liu

Tao Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology


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Dr. Tao Liu is a core faculty member in the Psy.D. program and teaches research and statistics, clinical interview skills, and practicum seminar classes. She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University, after earning master’s degrees in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee, and in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. 

In her clinical practice, Dr. Tao Liu provides therapy to clients from various social and cultural backgrounds at Fox Valley Institute in Naperville. Prior to her current practice, she has practiced psychotherapy in both English and Mandarin in settings of departmental clinic, community counseling center, community mental health centers, domestic violence shelters, and university counseling centers. She has completed the Level 1 and Level 2 trainings of Emotion Focused Therapy with Leslie Greenberg.

Dr. Liu enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, painting and drawing. She considers herself a full-time academic, part-time clinician, and an amateur artist. Tao loves painting nature scenes, especially landscapes and plants.

 

Indiana University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, 2017

Boston College
M.A., Mental Health Counseling, 2011

University of Tennessee
M.S., Child and Family Studies, 2008

Lanzhou University
B.A., Education, 2006

Liu, T. (2018, April). Intersectionality: A New Paradigm of Understanding Diversity and Training Cultural Competence. In J. M. McConnell (Chair), Salt and light: Season with justice, shine for peace. Chaired symposium presented at the 2018 Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, Norfolk, VA.

Liu, T., Goodrich, N., Maffini, C., Iwamoto, D., & Wong, Y. J. (2016, August). Gendered Racism Scales for Asian American Men: Scale development and validation. In Y. J. Wong (Chair), Advances in the application of the intersectionality framework to men of color. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO. 

Liu, T. & Wong, Y. J. (2015, August). Dialecticism: Toward a yin-yang vision of well-being. In Y. J. Wong (Chair), Beyond collectivism: The interface of culture and well-being. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Liu, T. (2014, August). Female Asian international students’ experience of sexism, racism, and national discrimination. In Y. J. Wong (Chair), Asian international students’ mental health: New directions, new paradigms. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Wang, Y. J., Wei, M., Tsai, P., Liu, T., & Zhu, Q. (2014, August). Male Asian international students’ psychological distress: Racial and gendered influences. In Y. J. Wong (Chair), Asian international students' mental health: New directions, new paradigms. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Chang, T. K., Liu, T., & Wong, Y. J. (2014, August). Asian American female college students’ subjective femininity perceptions: Utilizing a mixed methods approach. Poster session presented at the Annual Conference of the Asian American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Tran, K., Horn, A., Liu, T., & Wong, Y. J. (2014, August). In their own words: A qualitative study of suicidal Asian American college students’ perceptions of protective factors. In Y. J. Wong (Chair), Asian Americans’ suicide-related outcomes: New paradigms, new directions. Symposium conducted at the Annual Convention of the Asian American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Fiorini, S., Liu, T., Shepard, L., & Ouimet, J. A. (2014, May). Using NSSE to understand student success: A multi-year analysis. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research, Orlando, FL.

Liu, T., Wright, L., Chang, T. K., Evans, L., M., & Maffini, C. (2014, April). Outreach, support, and advocacy for diverse populations on university campuses. Roundtable presentation at the Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Liu, T. (2014, April). Asian female international students’ perceived discrimination and mental health. Poster session presented at the Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Fiorini, S., Liu, T., Shepard, L., & Ouimet, J. A. (2014, March). Using NSSE to understand student success: A multi-year analysis. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association for Institutional Research, Indianapolis, IN.

Chang, T., & Liu, T. (2013, May). Asian Americans’ proportion of life in the United States and suicide ideation: The moderating effects of ethnicity. Poster session presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Liu, T., Tummala-Narra, P., & Li, Z. (2011, October). Gender and ethnic differences in exposure to violence and its impact on emotional well-being of adolescents. Poster session presentation at the Diversity Challenge Conference: Intersections of Race or Ethnic Culture with Gender or Sexual Orientation, Boston, MA.

Sathasivam-Rueckert, N., Dancy, B., Liu, T., Popat, A., & Tummala-Narra, P. (2011, October). Does gender matter? Depression & anxiety among Asian immigrant youth. Individual presentation at the Diversity Challenge Conference: Intersections of Race or Ethnic Culture with Gender or Sexual Orientation, Boston, MA.

Liu, T. (2008, February). Gender and ethnicity as moderators of relations between parenting and adolescent depression in impoverished families. Poster session presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Symposium on Child & Family Development, Auburn, AL.

Liu, T., Wong, Y. J., Maffini, C. S., Mitts, N. G., & Iwamoto, E. K. (in press). Gendered Racism Scales for Asian American Men: Scale Development and Psychometric Properties. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Doi: 10.1037/cou0000298

Liu, T., Fiorini, S., & Shepard, L. (2018). GPA, Retention, and Graduation in Learning Communities: A Multi-Method Study. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Liu, T., & Wong, Y. J. (2018). The intersection of race and gender: Asian American men’s experience of discrimination. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Advanced Online Publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/men0000084 

Wong, Y. J., & Liu, T. (2018). Dialecticism and mental health: Toward a yin-yang vision of well-being. In J. Spencer-Rodgers & K. Peng. (Eds.), Psychological and cultural foundations of dialectical thinking. New York: Oxford University Press.

Chang, T. K., Wong, Y. J., Liu, T., & Tran, K. (2017). Asian American female college students’ subjective femininity perceptions: Utilizing a mixed-methods approach. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 45, 260-275. doi: 10.1002/jmcd.12077

Wong, Y. J., Liu, T., & Klann, E. (2017). The intersection of race, ethnicity, and masculinities: Progress, problems, and prospects. In R. F. Levant & Y. J. Wong (Eds.), Psychology of men and masculinities (pp. 261-288). Washington DC: APA.

Liu, T., Wong, Y. J., & Tsai, P. C. (2016). Intersections of perceived discrimination, social identities, loneliness, and life satisfaction among female Asian international students: Testing a conditional mediation model. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, 411-441. doi: 10.1177/0011000016637200

Wong, Y. J., Tsai, P., Liu, T., Zhu, Q., & Wei, M. (2014). Male Asian international students' perceived racial discrimination, masculinity identity, and subjective masculinity stress: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 560-569. doi:10.1037/cou0000038

Wong, Y. J., Vaughan, E. L., Liu, T., & Chang, T. K. (2014). Asian Americans’ proportion of life in the United States and suicide ideation: The moderating effects of ethnic subgroups. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 237-242. doi: 10.1037/a0033283

Tummala-Narra, P., Li, Z., Liu, T., & Wang, Y. (2014). Violence exposure and mental health among adolescents: The role of ethnic identity and help seeking. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(1)8-24. doi:10.1037/a0032213

Tao’s research interests include issues of multiculturalism, gender and race. Specifically, Tao has recently explored the intersections of race and gender in discrimination experienced by Asian males.  She intends to continue studying the stereotypes ethnic minorities, especially Asian Americans, and how the stereotypes affect individuals’ mental health. She is also interested in developing interventions to help those who experienced discrimination to cope with racial trauma.

Liu, T. (2017, October). Gendered Racism Scales for Asian American Men: Scale development and validation. Invited presentation as the Dissertation Grant receiver conducted at the Annual Convention of the Asian American Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV. 

Liu, T. (2018, April). Mental Health in Asian International Student Communities. Invited presentation at Break the Silence: Asian American Mental Health Conference at University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.