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Hsin-Ya Liao


Hsin-Ya Liao

Assistant Professor

Counseling psychology
Pullman Campus
Cleveland Hall 365
PO Box 642136
Pullman, WA  99164-2136


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Hsin-Ya Liao’s research focuses on vocational interests, help-seeking, and intergroup relations.  Her recent projects include the development of indigenous interest assessments, examination of interest structure and assessment across cultures, role of culture and stigma on the likelihood of seeking psychological help, and the role of intergroup rejection sensitivity on one’s psychological well-being.

Teaching/professional interests

Dr. Liao teaches the following courses: Career Counseling-Theory and Methods, Cognitive Assessment, Personality Assessment, Cross-Cultural Research in Counseling and Assessment, and Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Recent accomplishments

Grants and awards
  • 2015-2016 – Pauline E. Thompson Education Endowment, Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology, Washington State University
  • 2015 – Outstanding Research Award for Division E (Counseling and Human Development), American Education Research Association
  • 2015 – College of Education Faculty Funding Award, Washington State University
Selected Publications
  • Liao, H-Y., Spanierman, L. B., Harlow, A., & Neville, H. A. (2017). Do parents matter? Examination of White college students’ intergroup experiences and attitudes. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 193-212.
  • Vogel, D. L., Strass, H. A., Al-Darmaki, F. R., Armstrong, P. I., Baptista, M. N., Brenner, R. E., Gonçalves, M., Heath, P. J., Lannin, D. G., Liao, H-Y., Mackenzie, C., Mak, W. W. S., Rubin, M., Topkaya, N., Wade, N. G., Wang, Y-F, & Zlati, A. (2017). Stigma associated with seeking mental health services: Examination across ten countries/regions. The Counseling Psychologist, 45, 170-192.
  • Chronister, J., Chou, C-C., Fitzgerald, S. D., & Liao, H-Y. (2016). Social support and persons with psychiatric disabilities: A cluster analysis. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation, 47(3), 29-40.
  • Liao, H-Y., Hong, Y-y., & Rounds, J. (2016). Perception of subtle racism: The role of group status and legitimizing ideologies. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, 237-266.
  • Yeh, C. J., Liao, H-Y., Ma, P-W. W., Shea, M, Okubo, Y., & Kim, A. B., & Atkins, M. S. (2014). Ecological risk and protective factors of depression and anxiety among low-income Chinese immigrant youth. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5, 190-199.
  • Chronister, J., Chou, C.-C. & Liao, H.-Y. (2013). The role of stigma coping and social support in mediating the impact of societal stigma on internalized stigma, mental health recovery and quality of life among persons with serious mental illness. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 582-600.
  • Vogel, D. L., Armstrong, P. I., Tsai, P-C., Wade, N. G., Efstathiou, G., Hammer, J. H., Holtham, E., Kouvaraki, E., Liao, H-Y., Shechtman, Z., & Topkaya, N. (2013). Cross-cultural validity of the Self-Stigma of Seeking Help (SSOSH) scale: Examination across six nations. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 303-310.
  • Soble, J. R., Spanierman, L. B., & Liao, H.-Y. (2011). Effects of a brief video intervention on White University students’ racial attitudes. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 151-157.
  • Dach-Gruschow, K., Au, E., & Liao, H.-Y. (2010). Lay theories and culture. In A. K.-y. Leung, C.-y. Chiu, & Y.-y. Hong (Eds.), Cultural processes: A social psychological perspectives (pp. 25-39). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • No, S., Hong, Y.-y., Liao, H.-Y., Lee, K., & Wood, D., & Chao, M. M. (2008). Lay theory of race affects and moderates Asian Americans’ responses toward American culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 991-1004.
  • Spanierman, L. B., Neville, H. A., Liao, H.-Y., Hammer, J. H., & Wang, Y.-F. (2008). Participation in formal and informal campus experiences: Effects on students’ racial democratic beliefs. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 1, 108-125.
  • Liao, H.-Y., Armstrong, P. I., & Rounds, J. (2008). Development and initial validation of public domain Basic Interest Markers [Monograph]. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73, 159-183.
  • Rounds, J., Armstrong, P. I., Liao, H.-Y., Rivkin, D., & Lewis, P. (2008). Second generation Occupational Interest Profiles for the O*NET System. Raleigh, NC: National Center for O*NET Development. Summary retrieved from
  • Rounds, J., Armstrong, P. I., Liao, H.-Y., Rivkin, D., & Lewis, P. (2008). Second generation Occupational Value Profiles for the O*NET System. Raleigh, NC: National Center for O*NET Development. Summary retrieved from
  • Hong, Y.-y., Liao, H.-Y., Wang, R. Y. M., Chan, G., Chiu, C., Ip, G. W., Fu, H., & Hansen, I. G. (2006). Temporal causal links between outgroup attitudes and social categorization: The case of Hong Kong 1997 transition. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9, 265-288.
  • Liao, H.-Y., Rounds, J., & Klein, A. G. (2005). A test of Cramer’s (1999) help-seeking model and acculturation effects with Asian/Asian American college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52, 400-411.


  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Counselor Education in Psychology, New York University
  • B.S., Psychology, National Taiwan University
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