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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Penn State University, 2019

Email: c.liu@wsu.edu
Office: TBD
Phone: TBD
Lab Website: The Healthy Start Lab (Coming soon!)

Classes Taught

  • Fall 2022 Psychology 518: Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Research Interests

  • Maternal-Child Health Inequities
  • Child Social-Emotional Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Research Methods (Dynamic System Approach; Behavioral Genetics Approach)

My research program centers on understanding the developmental processes and mechanisms leading to resilience vs. maladjustment in children and mothers, aiming to promote child health and well-being. My work integrates multiple levels of analysis, including prenatal adversities, genetic influences, and early parental hostility and efficacy in the study of risk and resilience within children and mothers over time. This has led to three lines of research. One line focuses on characterizing dynamic change processes for child social-emotional development and how parents and children co-regulate emotions during interactions. A second line of research examines how genes, prenatal environment (e.g., prenatal exposure to drugs), and postnatal environment work together to influence child emotional and behavioral regulation vs. maladjustment. A third line of research examines risk and resilience in minority children and mothers and how different contexts of development influence child emotional and behavioral regulation vs. maladjustment. Most of my previous work has focused on mental health outcomes. Most recently, I have become interested in examining the emergence of childhood obesity. Specifically, I have started to examine the impact of child temperament, genetic risks, and environmental exposures (e.g., prenatal exposure to drugs, neighborhood characteristics) on normative versus atypical development in child body mass index (BMI) over time.

Selected Publications

Recent Publications:

Liu, C., Zheng, Y., Ganiban, J.M., & Saudino, K.J. (in press). Genetic and Environmental Influences on Temperament Development across the Preschool Period. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Liu, C., Moore, G.A., Roben C.K.P., Ganiban, J.M., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Natsuaki, M.N., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (in press). Examining Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Constructs for Anger Expression and Regulation in Toddlers. Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science.

Kim, Y., Williams, A., Liu, C., & Zhou, Q. (2022). Dynamic Associations among Emotion Regulation, Expressed Affect, and Inhibitory Control in Preschoolers from Low-income Immigrant Families. Emotion.

Aris, I. M., Perng, W., Dabelea, D., Ganiban, J. M., Liu, C., Marceau, K., … & Wright, R. (2022). Analysis of Early-Life Growth and Age at Pubertal Onset in US Children. JAMA network open, 5(2), e2146873-e2146873.

Ganiban, J. M., Liu, C., Zappaterra, L., An, S., Natsuaki, M. N., Neiderhiser, J. M., Reiss, D., Shaw, D.S., & Leve, L.D. (2021). Gene × Environment Interactions in the Development of Preschool Effortful Control, and Its Implications for Childhood Externalizing Behavior. Behavior Genetics, 51, 448–462. doi: 10.1007/s10519-021-10073-9

Shewark, E.A., Ramos, A.M., Liu, C., Ganiban, J.M., Fosco, G., Shaw, D.S., Reiss, D., Natsuaki, M.N., Leve, L.D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2021). The Role of Child Negative Emotionality in Parenting and Child Adjustment: Gene-Environment Interplay. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.13420

Bray, B., Liu, C., Roben C.K.P., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Ganiban, J.M., Reiss, D., Natsuaki, M.N., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2020). Inherited and Environmental Moderators of Mother-Child Behavioral Contingency and Contingent Negativity at 27 Months. Infant Behavior and Development. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2020.101478

Liu, C., Ji, L., Chow, S.M., Kang, B., Leve, L.D., Shaw, D.S., Ganiban, J.M., Natsuaki, M.N., Reiss, D., & Neiderhiser, J.M. (2020). Child Effects on Parental Negativity: The Role of Heritable and Prenatal Factors. Child Development, 91: e1064-e1081. doi:10.1111/cdev.13404

Cree, R., Liu, C., Gueorguieva, R., Neiderhiser, J., Leve, L., Connell, C., Shaw, D.S., Natsuaki, M.N., Ganiban, J.M., Beekman, C., Smith M.V., & Reiss, D. (2020). Using an adoption design to test genetically based differences in risk for child behavior problems in response to home environmental influences. Development and Psychopathology, 1-19. doi: 10.1017/S0954579420000450

Williams, A., Srinivasan, M., Liu, C., Lee, P., & Zhou, Q. (2020). Why do bilinguals code-switch when emotional? Insights from immigrant parent–child interactions. Emotion, 20(5), 830–841. doi: 10.1037/emo0000568

 

Sarah Bauer

Sarah Bauer

Sarah Bauer

Secretary Senior

Contact Information

Washington State University
Department of Psychology
Johnson Tower 233
P.O. Box 644820
Pullman, WA 99164-4820

Email: sarah.g.bauer@wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 335-2632
Fax: (509) 335-5043

Job Responsibilities and Duties

  • Course Evaluations
  • Faxing
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  • Key Distribution, Returns
  • Office Supplies and Requisitions
  • Shipping
  • Syllabus Requests
  • Web Site Updates
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Kim Meidenbauer

Kim Meidenbauer

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2020

Contact Information

Email: k.meidenbauer@wsu.edu
Office:
Phone:
Lab Website: coming soon!

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 592: Cognition and Affective Behavior

Research Interests

• Effects of heat stress on cognitive function, affective states, and aggression
• The role of environmental racism in creating and perpetuating physical and mental health inequities
• Effects of environmental factors (greenspace access, park qualities, heat exposure, air quality) on violent crime and mental health outcomes in urban areas
• Developing methods to bridge lab-based experiments with computational models of large-scale environmental effects
• Using mobile neuroimaging (functional NIRS) to measure neural activity in naturalistic settings

Research in Dr. Meidenbauer’s Social, Cognitive, & Environmental Neuroscience (SCENe) Lab examines how features of the physical and social environment affect individuals’ brains and their behavior. Currently, the lab’s work focuses on how heat exposure can lead to deleterious psychological outcomes and antisocial behaviors, and how greenspace interventions can be used to buffer against the effects of heat stress. Our research employs an environmental justice lens, working with community organizations to examine how place-based interventions may address the compounding effects of economic marginalization and environmental racism. The SCENe lab is also interested in the creation and validation of research methods that allow us to “take the lab outside”, via browser-based tasks, mobile neuroimaging (fNIRS), and experience sampling techniques. We advocate for and prioritize the use of open science practices, including the ethical sharing of data and study materials, providing open and reproducible code, and pre-registering data collection and analysis plans.

Currently considering graduate students for the Experimental Psychology PhD Program

Selected Publications

Zhuang, C.*, Meidenbauer, K. L.*, Kardan, O., Stier, A. J., Choe, K. W., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Huppert, T. J., & Berman, M. G. (2022). Scale Invariance in fNIRS as a Measurement of Cognitive Load. (*authors contributed equally), Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2022.05.009

Meidenbauer, K. L.*, Niu, T.*, Choe, K. W., Stier, A. J., & Berman, M. G. (2022). Mouse movements reflect personality traits and task attentiveness in online experiments. (*authors contributed equally) Journal of Personality, 00, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12736

Talen, E., Choe, K. W., Akcelik, G. N., Berman, M. G., & Meidenbauer, K. L. (2022). Street design preference: an on-line survey. Journal of Urban Design, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2022.2066512

Meidenbauer, K. L., Choe, K. W., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Huppert, T.J., & Berman, M. G. (2021) Load-dependent relationships between frontal fNIRS activity and performance: A data-driven PLS approach. NeuroImage. 117795.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.117795

Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C. U. D., Bratman, G. N., Gross, J. J., Schertz, K. E., Choe, K. W., & Berman, M. G. (2020). The affective benefits of nature exposure: What’s nature got to do with it? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 72.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101498

Meidenbauer, K. L., Stenfors, C., Young, J., Layden, E. A., Schertz, K. E., Kardan, O., Decety, J., & Berman, M. G. (2019). The gradual development of the preference for natural environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101328

Kim Lewis Meidenbauer

It’s time for your exceptional undergraduates to register for the 2022 Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The symposium will be held on Friday April 22nd from 3 – 5 p.m. The keynote speaker, Dr. Gord Asmundson, will present from 3 – 4 p.m. Posters will be presented from 4 – 5 p.m. We have decided to hold this year’s symposium virtually by Zoom.

Any student who is interested in presenting a poster will need to register for the symposium using this link. We especially encourage presenters from Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Global Campus! Registration is open until Wednesday April 20th at 5 p.m. Thank you for supporting undergraduate research!

Nickolas Glodosky Receives Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship

Congratulations to Nicholas Glodosky for his selection to receive the Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship for the 2022/23 academic year. The Graduate School Evening of Excellence will be held on April 7, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.

Experimental Psychology Graduate Student, Andrea Bazzoli, receives the Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award from the WSU Graduate School.

Congratulations to Andrea Bazzoli for receiving the Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award from the WSU Graduate School. It is due to the generosity of Estate of Charles Allen that the Graduate School is able to award this scholarship.  The Graduate School Evening of Excellence will be held on April 7, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.

Dr. Tahira Probst was listed among the top 2% for overall career and single year citations within the Business and Economics field.

A December 2020 Stanford PLOS Biology publication ranked the world’s top scientists.  Dr. Tahira Probst was listed among the top 2% for overall career and single year citations within the Business and Economics field. Congratulations Dr. Probst!

https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918

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Stacy Gessler

Stacy Gessler

Program Coordinator-Academic Support

Contact Information

Washington State University
Department of Psychology
Johnson Tower 233
P.O. Box 644820
Pullman, WA 99164-4820

Email: stacy.gessler@wsu.edu
(509) 335-2633
Johnson Tower 233B, Pullman

Job Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare time, Class and room schedules
  • Ronet requests
  • Graduate admissions applications
  • Schedule preliminary & final exams
  • Graduate program coordinator
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  • Teacher assignments
  • Scheduling conference room (JT 235C)
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LaToya Sutton

LaToya Sutton

Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Information

Washington State University
Department of Psychology
Johnson Tower 221
P.O. Box 644820
Pullman, WA 99164-4820

Email: jennifer.sutton@wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 335-8526
Fax: (509) 335-5043

Job Responsibilities and Duties

Students S – Z

Provides information and advise students, faculty and staff in all matters regarding undergraduate student advising and departmental advising records. Serves as primary contact for advising inquiries, student graduation, undergraduate advising policy and procedures, and administration of the undergraduate advising system for the department(s).