Family Social Science
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Evidence Based Treatments for Mass Trauma Across National and International Contexts
Evidence Based Treatments for Parenting (Parenting Through Change Oregon)
Prevention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
Disparities in Mental Health
Social Justice and Gender
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
Honors & Awards
Board of Directors – Center de Investigación Familiar A.C., Monterrey, Mexico
Chair, Board of Directors, La Familia Guidance Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 2004-2007
Family Clinical/Research Consultant – Center for Victim’s of Torture
Teaching & Learning
FSoS 3429: Counseling Skills Practicum
FSoS 8032: Theories of Marital and Family Therapy
FSoS 8550: Postmodern Approaches to Marriage and Family Therapy
FSoS 8295: Family Therapy Practicum
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; and 3) 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 Leaning 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.
Myhra, L. & Wieling, E. (2013). 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.
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.
Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Simmelink, J., Im, H., & Becher, E. (In press). Exploring Mental Health Screening Feasibility and Training of Refugee Health Coordinators.
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. Submitted to Family Process.
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.
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.
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