Julia Tang - PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Psychology
PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
MSW, University of Southern California
BA, Psychology and Asian American Studies, Mount Holyoke College
Areas of Interest: Adolescence, Young Adulthood, Transition to Adulthood, Person-centered Analysis, Health and well-being, Adolescent and young adult center, Health behavior decision-making.
Dr. Tang's research draws upon lifespan and life course approaches to understanding health across the lifespan, with particular focus on adolescence, young adulthood, and the transition to adulthood.
Current Research Projects
Add Health: Much of the research in Dr. Tang's lab draws upon data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health).
MSMU Health Research Lab: Each year, students in this lab draw upon Add Health data to investigate questions of interest. Past projects have examined issues like depression, adoption, parent-child relationships and general heath, alcohol use, and well-being related to relationship status. Currently students in her lab are examining the maternal/paternal factors (e.g. social support, shared activities) and well-being.
Health Trajectories and Patterns during the Transition to Adulthood: Using data from Add Health, along with person-centered analyses (mixture-based modeling), we are examining patterns of health behaviors (e.g. sleep, physical activity, preventive care) across the transition to adulthood. We are interested in identifying sub-patterns of these behaviors and learning more about people who cluster together in various patterns of health behaviors. We also seek to apply this approach to identify various patterns of both healthy and health-risk behaviors. Past analytic approaches have included the application of Latent class growth analysis and cluster analysis to identify longitudinal patterns of healthy behaviors across the transition to adulthood, as well as patterns of clustered healthy and risky behaviors in adolescence.
Stability, Control ability, and Willingness to Provide Social Support to People with Depression: In collaboration with Dr. Jason Siegel at Claremont Graduate University, this study aims to expand on the results found by Seigel et al (2012) who found that perceiving depression as the result of a lack of willpower is associated with increased sympathy among Spanish-speaking Hispanics, but increased negative affect among non-Hispanics.
2017-2018 Research Lab Winter Dinner
2016-2017 Research Lab at Western Psychological Association
Wray-Lake, L., Tang, J., & Victorino, C. (2017). Are they political? Examining Asian American college students' civic engagement. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aap0000061
Giang, M., Tang, J., Buenaventura, A., Habibi, S., Dunlop, D., Samuel, M. & Travis, G. (2014). Integrating iPads into the psychology classroom. A how-to guide with active learning activities. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 13(2). [Published Abstract]
Ashing-Giwa, K., Lim, J., & Tang, J. (2010). Surviving cervical cancer: Does health related quality of life influence survival? Gynecologic Oncology, 118(1), 35-42.
Siegel, J.T., Alvaro, E.M., Crano, W.D., Gonzalez, A., Tang, J.C., Jones, S.P. (2010). Passive positive organ donor registration behavior. A mixed-method assessment of the IIFF Model. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 15(2), 198-209.
Zebrack, B., Bleyer, A., Albritton, K., Medearis, S. & Tang, J. (2006). Assessing the healthcare needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors. Cancer, 107(12), 2915-2923.
(**mentored undergraduate students or alumna)
Hernandez, K.**, Fowler, H.**, Oasay, K.**, Desai, K.**, Tam, K.**, Garcia, Y. & Tang, J. (2017). Racial/ethnic differences in alcohol use: The transition from adolescence to adulthood. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association Conference in Sacramento, California.
Tang, J., Giang, M., & Garica, Y. (2017). Just like me: A cluster analysis of adolescent healthy, risky, and access to resources. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development biennial conference in Austin, Texas.
Alvares, C.**, Trigerous, N.** & Tang, J. (2016). Trials of adoption: Depression, delinquency, and isolation. Poster presented at Western Psychology Association Conference in Long Beach, California.
Hernandez, K.**, & Tang, J. (2016). Adolescent health: Does gender matter? Poster presented at Western Psychological Association Conference in Long Beach, California.
Rivera, C.C.**, Tang, J., Morales, F.**, & Martinez, B.** (2016). Strive to thrive! A study of adolescent coping, gratitude, and social support. Poster presented at Western Psychological Conference in Long Beach, California.
Rivera, J**, Tam, K.**, & Tang, J. (2016). Marriage on my mind. Poster presented at Western Psychological Conference in Long Beach, California and Mount Saint Mary's University Academic Symposium in Los Angeles, California.
Tang, J. (2016). Divergent patterns of preventive care during the transition to adulthood. Poster presented at Society for Research on Adolescence Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
Giang, M., Tang, J., Habibi, S., Samuel. M., Gist, P., Travis, G., Dunlop, D., Bishop, R. & Buenaventura, A., (2015). How eight faculty engaged in team-based learning and you can too! Oral presentation at the Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tang, J. (2015). I did it my way: A person-oriented approach to preventive care. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association Conference in Summerlin, Nevada.
Giang, M., Tang, J., Buenaventura, A., Habibi, S., Dunlop, D., Samuel. M., & Travis, G. (2013). Integrating iPads into the psychology classroom: A how-to guide with active learning activities. Oral presentation at the Vancouver International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tang, J. & Wray-Lake, L. (2013). Developmental trajectories of health-promoting behaviors between adolescence and young adulthood: A growth curve analysis. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development Conference in Seattle, Washington.
Tang, J. & Siegel, J.T. (2012). Cognitive Dissonance and Living Organ Donation: An experimental investigation. Paper presentation at Western Psychological Assocation Conference in Burlingame, California.
Wray-Lake, L., Tang, J. & Lin, L. (2012). Do community-level risks and assets relate to youth civic engaement? A study of social capital. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Warren, M.T., Tang, J. & Wray-Lake, L. (2012). Trajectories of positive youth development, substance use, and delinquency in a national representative sample of U.S. adolescents. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Tang, J. & Wray-Lake, L. (2011). Examining the developmental patterns of healthy and health-risk behaviors: Based on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence and European Association for Research on Adolescence Summer School, Tuscon, Arizona.
Tang, J. & Siegel, J.T. (2010). Risk Taking as Response to Mental Constriction. Poster presented at Western Psychological Association Conference in Cancun, Mexico.
Tang, J. (2006). Assessing the Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Patients and Survivors. Poster presented at the Council of Social Work Education Conference in Chicago, IL.