Cross-Cultural Attachment Research Lab | Department of Psychology

Cross-Cultural Attachment Research Lab

Director: Chiachih DC Wang, Ph.D.

I grew up and completed my grade school and college education in Taiwan. After working a few years as a mental health counselor in a community-based agency and as a Student Affairs supervisor at a university, I came to the U.S. in 1997 to pursue my graduate training. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2004. As a cisgender, heterosexual, married man raising two daughters in the U.S., I constantly engage in self-reflection regarding what salient culturosocial factors shape my worldview and how my developed and ever-evolving worldview, peivileges, and ethnic/immigrant status affect my perceptions and interactions with others and the world. When not working, I like to explore new stuff, visit different places, hang out with family and friends, watch movies, and/or jog for a couple miles.

My Primary Research Areas include adult attachment, cross-cultural variation of attachment styles and behaviors, acculturation process, cultural identity development, impacts of parent-child relationship quality and parenting on adolescents' development, and influences of cultural and contextual factors on individuals' mental health and wellness. I have completed a number of research projects examining the effects of adult attachment on a wide range of psychosocial and wellness variables (e.g., depression, anxiety, disordered eating behaviors, interpersonal conflicts, infidelity, relationship satisfaction, wellbeing, health, help seeking, etc.). I continue to pursue international research and training collaborations with colleagues in the U.S., UK, Pakistan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. Many of my publications focus on underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBT, immigrant populations, and international students. Please click here to see a copy of my C.V.

Current Projects: I am directing the Cross-cultural Attachment Research Lab (CARL) which includes both doctoral and undergraduate students as research assistants (RA). Currently three CARL research projects are progressing at various stages examining different topics and populations.

(1) the moderated mediational effects of particular cultural factors on the relations of adult attachment and individuals' psychosocial functioning: A cross-cultural comparison.

(2) parent-child relationship, acculturation and accultural gap, cultural and national identity, and psychosocial development of adolescents and young adults from immigrant families: A multi-dimensional investigation.

(3) adult attachment, personality traits, resiliency, contextual factors, and psychosocial adjustment of international students and foreign workers: A multi-country investigation.

Besides being involved in CARL projects at different levels, all RAs are also working on their own thesis, dissertation, or independent research projects.

Join the Lab

Doctoral students. I generally accept 1-2 new doctoral students every year into the Counseling Psychology program at UNT. Depending on the students' interests and the available slots, my students may be admitted into one of the three cirriculum-based clusters (Child & Family, Minority Wellness, and Sport Psychology ). Please see the Mentoring Style area for more information about my expectations and typical work with students.

Undergraduate lab members. I usually conduct interviews in spring/summer semester to select 2-3 new undergraduate students if there are anticipated spots opening due to graduation. If you are a sophomore or junior at UNT with a GPA of 3.5 or above and have interests in attachment and/or multicultural issues, feel free to contact me.

For more information about the research lab and my research areas, feel free to contact me at or 940-565-2678.

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