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About the Research Unit

The Research Unit produces a variety of research briefs, publishes articles in professional journals, and presents study findings at conferences and to the University campus community. The Research Unit also maintains the University of Maryland Resource Directory (pdf).

Areas of Research
  • Student Development & Retention
  • Clinical Service Delivery
  • College Students’ Basic Needs (Food & Housing Security), Academic Success, and Well-being
  • Multiculturalism, Inclusiveness, & Action Research

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Yu-Wei WangYu-Wei Wang, Ph.D.
Research Director, Assistant Director of the Counseling Center
Clinical Associate Professor
(301) 314-7660

Academic History: Ph.D., 2004, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri; Ed.M., 1999, Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University; M.A., 1998, Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University; B.A., 1996, English and American Literature, National Central University, Taiwan.
Professional Interests: Social justice, multicultural, and international issues in education, counseling, and training; psychosocial processes related to stress, trauma, coping/problem solving, and well-being in culturally diverse populations; college students’ basic needs; mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methods research design; and action research
Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, meditation, yoga, reading, biking, hiking


Tiana E. CruzTiana E. Cruz, M.A.
Research Analyst
(301) 314-7685

Academic History: M.A., 2012, Experimental Psychology, Towson University; B.S., 2010, Psychology, Towson University
Professional Interests: Student development and the college experience, gender and sexual identity and the development of identity, research design, data analysis, mixed methods
Personal Interests: Spending time with my family and dogs, walking and hiking outdoors, reading, cooking and baking, learning for personal enrichment


Israel AbebeIsrael Abebe, M.A.
Graduate Research Assistant
(301) 314-7692

Academic History: Doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park; M.A., 2010, Economics, University of Delaware; B.A., 2008, Mathematics and Economics, Salem College, North Carolina
Professional Interests: Research on the prevention of intimate and gender-based violence; understanding the influence of culture and acculturation on health behaviors; research and program evaluation design; quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Personal Interests: Attending stand-up comedy, reading memoirs, traveling


Bhanu Priya Moturu

Bhanu Priya Moturu, M.S.Ed.
Graduate Research Assistant
(301) 314-7692

Academic History: Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park; M.S.Ed., 2017, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Pennsylvania; B.E., 2012, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Dubai
Professional Interests: Career self-management behaviors in workplaces; self-advocacy, and proactive behavior in workplaces; career development of students with disabilities with a focus on school to work and post-secondary transition; South-Asian women and factors contributing to their well-being
Personal Interests: Meditation, tennis, watching movies and dramas in different languages


NaYeon (NY) Yang

NaYeon (NY) Yang, M.Ed.
Graduate Research Assistant
(301) 314-7692

Academic History: Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park; M.Ed., 2017, Counseling, Korea University, South Korea; B.A., 2012, Psychology & Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Professional Interests: Grief and loss (bereaved individuals’ psychological adjustment); career development of college students in the school-to-work transition and underprivileged populations; multicultural and social justice issues
Personal Interests: Cooking, finding good local restaurants/coffee shops, traveling, watching films and documentaries

For more information about the Research Unit and projects that have been completed or are in progress, please contact Dr. Yu-Wei Wang.

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