Belle Liang’s research explores positive youth development, including mentoring and relational health in adolescence and young adulthood, as well as youth purpose, technology, and social media. Her expertise extends to college access, gender and sexual orientation, social oppression, racism, whole person education, and student motivation.
Since Liang’s tenure at the Lynch School began in 2004, she has focused on developing purpose among youth from diverse backgrounds and understanding contextual influences, including positive relationships and how current political and environmental events shape their views of their future. She is also a licensed psychologist, an advisory board member for Western Europe Young Life, and a member of the National Mentoring Partnership, which seeks to provide young people with supportive relationships to thrive.
Liang was recognized as an American Psychological Association Fellow, Division 17, for her outstanding contributions to the field of counseling psychology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. She has co-authored many publications, including a recent article on finding purpose among impoverished youth from the Guatemala City Dump Community.
Liang is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research on Child Development, and the Society for Research on Adolescence.
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