Maria Wong joined Fuller as an assistant professor of psychology in 2011 after receiving her PhD in psychology (developmental) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The theoretical framework that guides her research is attachment theory (Ainsworth et al., 1978; Bowlby, 1969/1972), which has important implications for children’s development across the lifespan. Dr. Wong’s research focuses on children’s social-emotional development within the context of family relationships. In one project, she is examining how the quality of parent-child relationship may impact children’s meaning-making of their spiritual beliefs. In another project, she and her collaborators will examine the well-being of migrant workers and children in China, seeking to learn more about factors that facilitate resilience and thriving. With a recent grant from the Louisville Institute, she and her colleague Dr. Joey Fung are examining more about the interplay among child development, family dynamics, and spiritual beliefs.
Wong also joins Fuller’s efforts to build relationships with Chinese scholars, counselors, and pastors. Fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin, she has traveled to China with the Fuller team a few times per year.
Wong is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, International Society on Infant Studies, and the American Psychological Association. She has published her research in journals such as the Journal of Family Psychology and Attachment and Human Development.
Wong lives with her husband, her toddler-age daughter, and two cats. She enjoys traveling, gourmet cooking, experiencing different cultures, and reading.
- FS501: Research Methods, Statistics, and Design
- FS810: Human Development in Context
- PG823: Attachment
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Children’s social-emotional development, attachment relationships, child temperament, parent-child narratives, family interactions, children’s empathy and prosocial development, child development in China