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Elizabeth Wieling


Associate Professor

293 McNH
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-8106

Fax: 612-625-4227

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Areas of Interest

Evidence Based Treatments for Families Affected by Mass Trauma
Parenting Interventions
Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
Implementation and Dissemination Science
Culturally Relevant Mental Health Assessment and Intervention

Recent News

Improving Mental Health for Families Affected by War Trauma

Wieling's evidence-based interventions for families impacted by organized violence

Connect feature: Triangles for Change

New book on intimate relationships reveals surprising results

Wieling receives 2013 IDEA Multicultural Research Award


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies-Marriage and Family Therapy, Iowa State University
M.S., International Development, Sociology, Political Science, and Spanish, Iowa State University
B.A., Business Administration, Briar Cliff College

International Collaborations

Member of vivo - Victim's Voice, International NGO. Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) training in the U.S. and research inquiries should be directed to

Board of Directors – Center de Investigación Familiar A.C., Monterrey, Mexico

Current Research Projects

Uganda: Implementing a culturally relevant parenting intervention for families affected by war violence (adapted Parent Management Training-Oregon Model)

Mexico: Developing and implementing treatments for trauma-affected families in a child maltreatment context (Narrative Exposure Therapy and Parent Management Training-Oregon Model)

Iraq: Consultant for local collaborators on mental health interventions for war trauma

Minnesota: 1) Development of mental health screening tool for refugee populations; 2) Parenting and family level interventions for immigrant and refugee populations

Honors & Awards

Internationalizing Triangles Award, College of Education and Human Development, 2013-2014

Matthew Stark Faculty Human Rights Award. College of Education and Human Development. 2011

Chair, Board of Directors, La Familia Guidance Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2004-2007

Family Clinical/Research Consultant – Center for Victim’s of Torture

Trauma Consultant - The Family Partnership, Minneapolis, 2009-present.

Teaching & Learning

FSoS 3429: Counseling Skills Practicum

FSoS 4104W: Family Psychology

FSoS 8032: Theories of Marital and Family Therapy

FSoS 8295: Family Therapy Practicum/Supervision

FSoS 8550: Postmodern Approaches to Marriage and Family Therapy

FSoS 8550: Evidence Based Treatments for Mass Trauma: Narrative Exposure Therapy and Parent Management Training-Oregon Model

FSoS 8550: Comparative Family Dynamics in Mexican and U.S. Contexts: Socioeconomic, political, and mental health implications

FSoS 8550: Evidence Based Preventive and Clinical Interventions for Trauma: Child Maltreatment in Mexico

Research & Discovery

Elizabeth Wieling, Ph.D., LMFT, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Liz’s early research was directed at developing a better understanding of cross-cultural dynamics in psychotherapy intervention and research and advancing clinical models that more adequately fit the cultural characteristics of Latino/a populations, particularly at-risk families dealing with multiple stressors and a history of complex and/or mass trauma. This work has evolved into investigations of preventive and clinical intervention models that demonstrate efficacy as well as effectiveness with systematically marginalized and disenfranchised families in the U.S. and abroad. Central to this research is the development of culturally appropriate, ethical, and methodologically sound strategies to assess intervention outcomes. Liz is concurrently pursuing a research agenda that involves integrating her previous cross-cultural work and prevention background to develop multi-component systemic oriented interventions that cut across individual, family, and community levels for intervening with populations exposed to mass trauma – particularly related to war, organized violence, and disaster. Specifically, she is adapting two evidence based treatments for work with families: 1) Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (PMTO) is being adapted for work with traumatized populations with the idea of helping parents to help their children in the aftermath of traumatic events – she recently completed a K01 Research Scientist Career Development Award funded by NIMH called “Implementing the Parenting Through Change Model with Latina Single Mothers (2003-2008). The purpose of this study was to adapt and extend the Oregon Social Learning Center’s PMT-O preventive intervention for a population of at-risk Latina single mothers; 2) Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an intervention for persons diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder is being incorporated into a multi-component ecological approach to assist families. Several ecological and postmodern informed frameworks such as Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Collaborative Language Approaches and Gender/Cultural/Critical Literary Models are being incorporated as part of her multi-component interdisciplinary research agenda.

Liz is collaborating with an international team of interdisciplinary researchers to develop an internationally based program of research focused on mass trauma. In the United States she is collaborating with colleagues associated with the Oregon Social Learning Center, with the Center for Victims of Torture and a number of local multicultural agencies. Abroad she is working with researchers at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, who developed Narrative Exposure Therapy, and with the Centro de Investigación Familiar, A.C., a family therapy research institute and non-profit organization. This team hopes to further develop, implement, test, and later disseminate adapted and newly developed trauma focused interventions for parents and families across different parts of the world.


  1. Erolin, K., Wieling, E., Aguilar, E. P. (in press). Family violence exposure and associated risk factors to child PTSD in a Mexican sample. Child Abuse and Neglect.

  2. Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Simmelink, J., Im, H., & Becher, E. (in press). Exploring mental health screening feasibility and training of refugee health coordinators. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies

  3. Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Simmelink, J., & Becher, E. (in press). Exploring the mental health effects of political trauma with newly arrived refugees. Qualitative Health Research

  4. Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Im, H., Becher, E., Simmelink, J., (in press). Beyond stigma: Barriers to discussing mental health in refugee populations. Manuscript submitted for publication. Journal of Loss and Trauma

  5. Shannon, P., & Cook, T., Vinson, G., Wieling, E., & Letts, J. (in press). Torture, War Trauma and Mental Health Symptoms of Newly Arrived Karen Refugees. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

  6. Erbes, C., Stillman, J., Wieling, E., Bera, W., & Leskela, J. (in press). A pilot examination of the use of narrative therapy with individuals diagnosed with PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress

  7. Parra, R., Aguilar, E., Wieling, E., Forgatch, M., Domenech-Rodriquez, M., Morton, A., & Fitzgerald, H. (in press). Closing the gap between two countries: Feasibility of dissemination of an evidence-based parenting intervention in México. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

  8. Becher, E., & Wieling, E. (in press). The intersections of culture and power in therapist and interpreter Relationships: A qualitative study. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

  9. Parra-Cardona, J.R., Córdova, D., Holtrop, K., Villarruel, F.A., & Wieling, E. (in press). Shared ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign born and U.S. born Latino parents. Family Process

  10. Trombley, H., & Wieling, E. (in press). “She’s my baby:” How recently incarcerated fathers experience their relationship with their daughters. Fathering

  11. Myhra, L. & Wieling, E. (2014). Intergenerational patterns of substance abuse among urban American Indian families. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13(1), 1-22.

  12. Myhra, L. & Wieling, E. (2014). Psychological trauma among American Indian families: A two-generation study. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping. DOI:10.1080/15325024.2013.771561.

  13. Shannon, P., Im, H., Becher, E., Simmelink, J., Wieling, L., O’Fallon, A. (2012) Screening for war trauma, torture and mental health symptoms among newly arrived refugees: A national survey of state refugee health coordinators. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

  14. Catani, C., Gewirtz, A.H., Wieling, E., Schauer, E., Elbert, T., & Neuner, F. (2010). Tsunami, war, and cumulative risk in the lives of Sri Lankan school children. Child Development, 81(4), 1176-1191.

  15. Kimball, T. G; Wieling, A; & Brimhall, A. (2009). A Sense of Sisterhood: A Qualitative Case Study of a Flexibly Structured, Long-Term Therapy Group for Divorced Women. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 21(4), 225 – 246. 

  16. Wieling, E. & Mittal, M. (2008). Developing evidence-based systemic interventions for mass trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 127-131.

  17. Gewirtz, A., Forgatch, M., & Wieling, E. (April 2008). Parenting practices as potential mechanisms for children’s adjustment following mass trauma: Literature review and prevention research framework. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 177-192.

  18. Landau, J., Mittal, M., & Wieling, E. (April 2008). Linking Human Systems: Strengthening individuals, families, and communities in the wake of mass trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 193-209.

  19. See CV for more publications.