Qiong (Joanna) Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wu is accepting new graduate students for 2021-22.

Dr. Joanna Wu

Get to know Dr. Wu


My research interests focus on emotional processes within the family and their role in the intergenerational transmission of psychopathologies from parents to children. More specifically, I have primarily invested my research efforts in examining how maternal mental health problems (depression, anxiety, and substance use) are associated with adjustment issues in children through mother-child emotional dynamics. As an applied researcher and clinician, I am also interested in examining the efficacy of family therapy interventions aimed at improving parent-child emotional interactions.

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, 113375. h​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


  • ISSBD Early Career Scholar Travel Grant
  • SRCD Student Travel Award
  • OAMFT Scholarship, AAMFT Ohio Division
  • Crane Center Graduate Research Fellow, OSU
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