Belle Liang’s research explores positive youth development, including mentoring and relational health in adolescence and young adulthood. In particular, her work involves the development of youth purpose interventions, including those that are technologically mediated. She is currently leading the development of a web-based application for creating purpose profiles. Her expertise extends to college access, gender, social oppression, whole person education, and student motivation.
Since Liang’s tenure at the Lynch School began in 2004, she has focused on growth-fostering mentor relationships among youth from diverse backgrounds and understanding contextual influences, especially as they cultivate youth purpose. She is also a licensed psychologist, and an advisory board member for a number of organizations that serve youth.
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 life 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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