Qiong (Joanna) Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Get to know Dr. Wu


Broadly, I am interested in the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology in the family. I have primarily focused my research on examining how maternal depression affects young children’s socioemotional development through a framework of emotion socialization. As an applied researcher and clinician, I am also interested in process-oriented research in family therapy interventions aimed at improving emotional interactions among family members. Finally, as a quantitative methodologist, I collaborate in various research projects and thus have experiences researching maternal anxiety, maternal substance use, youth suicidal ideation, and couple therapy.

Dr. Wu Spotlight Article


  • B.S., Psychology, Peking University
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization: Quantitative Research Methods, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science (Couple and Family Therapy), Ohio State University

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Wu, Q., Yan, J., & Cui, M. (in press). A developmental hierarchical-integrative perspective on the emergence of self-regulation: A replication and extension. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/CDEV.13559

Wu, Q. (in press). Trajectory of maternal postpartum depressive symptoms moderates the bidirectional associations between maternal intrusive parenting and infant fear. Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.05.099

Wu, Q. (2021). A biopsychosocial perspective on maternal parenting in the first two years of infant life. Behavioural Brain Research, 411, 113375h​t​t​p​s​:​/​/​d​o​i​.​o​r​g​/​1​0​.​1​0​1​6​/​j​.​b​b​r​.​2​0​2​1​.​1​1​3​3​7​5

Wu, Q., Parker, M. L., McWey, L. M., & Ledermann, T. (2021). Couple satisfaction, depressive symptoms, and the therapeutic alliance: A systemic perspective. Family Process, 60, 393-408. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12594

Wu, Q., Feng, X., Yan, J., Hooper, E., Gerhardt, M., & Ku, S. (in press). Maternal emotion coaching styles in the context of maternal depressive symptoms: Associations with preschooler’s emotion regulation. Emotion. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000916

Wu, Q., Zhang, J., Walsh, L., & Slesnick, N. (2020). Family network satisfaction moderates treatment effects of cognitive therapy among homeless youth experiencing suicidal ideation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 125, 103548. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2019.103548


  • Journal of Marital and Family Therapy Reviewer of the Year
  • Florida State University First Year Assistant Professor Award