Meet the Team

Hsin-Ya Liao, Principal Investigator,

Dr. Liao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Liao then worked as a post-doc in Quantitative and Social Psychology at the UIUC Department of Psychology, working with Dr. James Rounds and Dr. Ying-Yi Hong. Her research centers on the role of culture, diversity, and intergroup relations on mental health service delivery and psychological well-being. She is also interested in cross-cultural examinations of psychological assessments.
Michelle Jung, Graduate Student,

Michelle Jung is a first-year doctoral student in clinical psychology. She joined our lab in the fall of 2023 to assist with a longitudinal study that explored study-abroad college students’ intercultural skill development and adjustment. Her current thesis explores the interplay of culture and emotion suppression on stigma and help-seeking.
Alexander Watt, Undergraduate Student,

Alexander Watt is an undergraduate psychology student at WSU. Alex is currently researching perceptions of academic success in undergraduate students as a WSU Honors thesis research project. He has additional psychology research experience working with the WSU Building Opportunities for Learning and Development (BOLD) Lab performing social psychological research.
Consuelo Munguia, Undergraduate Student,

Consuelo Munguía is an undergraduate here at WSU pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences. Consuelo is currently a McNair scholar looking to expand education and awareness of cognitive disorders within older underrepresented communities. Particularly, she is exploring the barriers and stigmas within mental health in older adults within Latino communities with the hope of building diverse healthcare options and knowledge.
Spring 2024 Lab Members (left to right)- Front Row: Jaymie Rosemary, Em Wilson, Consuelo Munguia; Second Row: Susy Cerda Martinez, Melanie Hernandez, Michelle Jung; Last Row: Dr. Liao


  • Alicia Harlow, Associate Professor of Psychology, Chair and Graduate Program Director, Russell Sage College, Troy, NY
  • Lili Bai, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, Fujian Normal University, Fujian, China
  • Ni Jing, Lecturer at Jiujiang College, Jianxi, China
  • Michael A. Schacter, Licensed Staff Psychologist, Big Sky Psychological Consortium, Bozeman, MT
  • Kexin Jiang, doctoral student in Educational Psychology, Washington State University
  • Martha Jane Jenkins, Licensed Psychologist and Private Practitioner, Root to Rise Psychological Services, Pullman, WA
  • Jennifer Tevlin, Licensed PTSD Specialist Psychologist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Grand Island, NE
  • Julie A. Lopez, Licensed Psychologist and Private Practitioner, Innovative Psychological Services, Spokane Valley, WA
  • Michael Boggess, Licensed Psychologist (specialized in child and adolescent assessment), Samaritan Health Services, Corvallis, OR
  • Arlene Orozco, Licensed Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine, Keiser Permanente, Modesto, CA
  • Jamie Louie, Senior Account Manager, Cypress HCM, Walnut Creek, CA



  • James Rounds, Professor of Educational Psychology and Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Julie Chronister, Professor of Counseling, San Francisco State University
  • David Vogel, Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
  • Munyi Shea, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University
  • Ying-Fen Wang, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Seung-Ming Alvin Leung, Professor of Educational Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Melody Manchi Chao, Associate Professor of Management and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, School of Business and Management, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Lydia Buki, Associate Professor and Director of Training of the Counseling Psychology Program, Miami University


  • Rong Su, Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Iowa
  • Christine Yeh, Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
  • Kwong-Liem Karl Kwan, Professor of Counseling, San Francisco State University
  • Lawrence (Larry) Gerstein, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology-Counseling and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Ball State University
  • Ying-Yi Hong, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Lisa Spanierman, Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and Faculty Success, Arizona State University