Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University (Psychology and Anthropology)
M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (Clinical Psychology)
Clinical Predoctoral Internship, West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Clinical Postdoctoral Residency, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Penn Medicine Department of Psychiatry
I am trained as a clinical psychologist, but my research spans the social, cultural, and health psychology fields. Broadly speaking, my research interests are in the areas of stress, social interaction, and health and well-being in families and relationships. A part of my work examines links between social processes (like social support) and biological stress response systems – specifically the HPA-axis and cortisol activity – using naturalistic and experimental methods. One branch of my research uses a cultural framework to understand how cultural values related to how relationships are viewed and navigated impact support use, emotion processes, and social distress and functioning, with a focus on Asian American mental health.
My research has been published in scientific journals such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
Wang, S., & Lau, A. S. (in press). Mutual and non-mutual social support: Cultural differences in the psychological, behavioral, and biological effects of support-seeking. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Wang, S., & Repetti, R. L. (2014). Psychological well-being and job stress predict marital support - A naturalistic observation study of dual-earner couples in their homes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(5), 864-878.
Lau, A. S., Wang, S., Fung, J., & Namikoshi, M. (2014). What happens when you can't read the air? Cultural fit and aptitude by values interactions on social anxiety. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33(10), 853-866.
Louie, J. Y., Wang, S., Fung, J. J., & Lau, A. S. (2014). Children's emotion expressivity and teacher perceptions of social competence - A cross-cultural comparison. International Journal of Behavioral Development, Online first ahead of print.
Wang, S., & Repetti, R. L. (2013). After the workday ends: How jobs impact family relationships. In A. L. Vangelisti (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication 2nd edition (pp. 409-423). New York: Routledge.
Campos, B., Wang, S., Plaksina, T., Repetti, R. L., and Schoebi, D. (2013). Positive and negative emotion in the daily life of dual-earner couples with children. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(1), 76-85.
Wang, S., Repetti, R. L., & Campos, B. (2011). Job stress and family social behavior - The moderating role of neuroticism. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 16(4), 441-456.
Repetti, R. L., Wang, S., & Saxbe, D. (2011). Adult health in the context of everyday life. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(3), 285-293.
Wang, S., Shih, J. H., Hu, A. W., Louie, J. Y., & Lau, A. S. (2010). Cultural differences in daily support experiences. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(3), 413-420.
Repetti, R. L., Wang, S., & Saxbe, D. (2009). Bringing it all back home - How outside stressors shape families’ everyday lives. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(2), 106-111.
Lau, A. S., Fung, J. J.,Wang, S., & Kang, S. (2009). Explaining elevated social anxiety among Asian Americans - Emotional attunement and a cultural double bind. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15(1), 77-85.
Wang, S., & Boerner, K. (2008). Staying connected - Reestablishing relationships following vision loss. Clinical Rehabilitation, 22, 816-824.