Faculty & Staff
Joan Liem, PhD
Special Assistant to the Provost
Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Areas of Expertise
Adolescent to young adult transition among at risk youth
PhD, Boston University
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Waldinger, R., *Seidman, E., Gerber A., Liem, J.H., Allen, J., & Hauser, S.
(2003) Attachment and Core Relationship Themes: Wishes for Autonomy and Closeness in the Narratives of Secure and Insecurely Attached Young Adults. Psychotherapy Research, 13, 77-98.
- Dillon, C.O., Liem, J. H., and Gore, S. (2003). Navigating Disrupted
Transitions: Getting Back on Track After Dropping Out of High School, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73 (4), 429-440.
- St. Louis, G.R. & Liem, J.H. (2005). Ego Identity, Ethnic Identity, and
the Psychosocial Well-Being of Haitian and European-American College Students. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research,5,3,227-246.
- Liem, J.H. & Pressler, E. J. (2005). Addressing Relationship Concerns in Individual Psychotherapy: An Assimilative Integration. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 15 (2), 186-212.
- Suyemoto, K.L. & Liem, J.H. with Jennifer C. Kuhn*, Elizabeth A. Mongillo, and Jesse J. Tauriac (2007). Training Therapists to Be Culturally Sensitive with Asian American Women Clients. Women and Therapy, 30, 3-4, 209-227.
- Liem, J.H., Lustig, K., & Dillon, C. (2010) Depressive Symptoms and Life Satisfaction among Emerging Adults: A Comparison of High School Dropouts and Graduates. Journal of Adult Development: 17,1, 33-44.
- Liem JH, Cavell EC, Lustig K (2010). The influence of authoritative parenting during adolescence on depressive symptoms in young adulthood: examining the mediating roles of self-development and peer support. J Genet Psychol; Jan-Mar;171(1):73-92
- Liem, J., Kahn, V., Frye, A., & Gore, S (2010). Depressive symptoms, Gender, and Support from Parents in Emerging Adulthood. Journal of Adult Development.
- Frye, Alice, A. & Liem, Joan H. (2011). Diverse patterns in the development of depressive symptoms among emerging adults. Journal of Adolescent Research.
26, 5, 570-590.
- Frye, Alice, A. & Liem, Joan H. (In press). The development of mastery among emerging adults: A growth modeling approach to testing the influence of stressors. Journal of Adult Development
Joan Liem’s research focuses on the adolescent to young adult transition among high risk adolescents. One line of research focuses on the long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse. Employing a developmental psychopathology perspective, Professor Liem has examined the effects of childhood sexual abuse on young adult self-esteem, depression, and self-destructive behavior, on increased vulnerability to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in adult relationships, and on the need for power in adulthood. A second line of research focuses on the adolescent to young adult transition among adolescents who have dropped out of high school, examining both precursors and consequences of early school leaving. Employing an ecological-developmental perspective, this research examines the consequences for mental health and social functioning of early school leaving and the family and community supports young people need to get back on track and move successfully into adulthood. This work has been funded by a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation. Professor Liem also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on principles of psychotherapy, supervises graduate students’ clinical work in the University Counseling Center Practicum, and publishes on psychotherapy processes.