New Faculty Spotlight: Meet Tao Liu

November 3, 2017

Meet Tao Liu, assistant professor of psychology. Her teaching and research explore the ways people engage in both conscious and unconscious stereotyping.

headshot of Professor Tao LiuName: Tao Liu


  • B.A. Education, Lanzhou University
  • M.S. Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee
  • M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Boston College
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington

Philosophy of Education:
Education can and should go hand in hand with ameliorating social problems.

Before Wheaton, I was:
Before coming to Wheaton, I was a predoctoral intern at Counseling and Consultation Services at Northern Illinois University.

Right now I'm working on:
I am focusing my first year on teaching, developing relationships with students and colleagues, and clinical practice to become licensed as a clinical psychologist. For research, I am working on developing a project on designing an intervention program for those who have experienced racial and gender stereotyping by others.

One thing I wish I could teach everyone about psychology:
Consciously or unconsciously, we all engage in some stereotyping of others. Although stereotypes can help people to conceptualize the world more easily, they reduce humanity to overgeneralized assumptions. In my teaching and research, I would like to help individuals to be more aware of their stereotypes.

I feel God's pleasure when I :
I feel God's pleasure when I walk in my yard in the summer mornings. I am amazed by how a small seed can grow into a fruitful tomato tree, and how bright colors can emerge in unfolding flowers. I am reminded of God's great creation.

If I could travel anywhere:
I would like to go to Africa to see the aboriginal tribes, thousand-year old trees, and the great migration across the continent to be amazed by God's creation.