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Maria Wong: School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty

Maria Wong , Ph.D.

Psychology | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Maria Wong
Office Location
MAC N210 (OMN campus) Campus Map


Ph.D. in Psychology (Developmental)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.A. in Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A. in Psychology
University of British Columbia

Professional Experience

Professor of Psychology (2020 - current)
Stevenson University

Associate Professor of Psychology (2017 - 2020)
Stevenson University

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2014 - 2017)
Stevenson University

Assistant Professor of Psychology (2011-2014)
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology


Children’s Social-Emotional Development
Attachment Relationships
Parent-Child Narratives
Family Interactions
Migrant Children and Families in China
Work-Family Balance
Effective Teaching of Psychology


Wong, M.S. (In press). Six tips for teaching writing in psychology. Essay to appear in the July 2019 issue of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) E-xcellence in Teaching.

Wong, M.S. (May, 2019). Instructors with multicultural backgrounds: We have so much to offer! Invited essay published on the Graduate Student Teaching Blog (Association of American Psychological Association Division 2).

Wong, M.S., & Alexander, A.* (In press). Adult attachment. Invited encyclopedia entry for Intimate and Family Relationships.

Brown, G.L., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Shigeto, A., & Wong, M.S. (2018). Associations between father involvement and father-child attachment security: Variations based on timing and type of involvement. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 1015-1024. doi: 10.1037/fam0000472

Fung, J., Wong, M.S., & Park, H. (2018). Cultural background and religious beliefs. In M.R. Sanders and A. Morawska (Eds.), Handbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan (pp. 469-494). Springer. doi: 978-3-319-94598-9_20

Verhage, M. L., Fearon, R.M.P., Schuengel, C., van IJzendoorn, M.H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.J., Madigan, S., Roisman, G.I., Oosterman, M., Behrens, J.Y., Wong, M.S., Mangelsdorf, S., Priddis, L.E., Brisch, K., & The Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis. (2018). Examining ecological constraints on the intergenerational transmission of attachment via individual participant data meta-analysis. Child Development, 89, 2023-2037. 

Wong, M.S., Chen, X.*, & McElwain, N.L. (2018). Emotion understanding and maternal sensitivity as protective factors against hostile attribution bias in anger-prone children. Social Development.

Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Wong, M.S., Schoppe-Sullivan, S., Brown, G.L. (2018). The role of reflective functioning in predicting parenting and coparenting quality. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 187-197. 

Wong, M.S., Worthy, P.*, Fung, J., & Chen, E.-H. (2017). A qualitative analysis of the experience of female Chinese American church leaders: Associations with gender role, culture, and work-family balance. Pastoral Psychology, 66, 657-674. doi: 10.1007/s11089-017-0773-1

Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Wong, M.S., Schoppe-Sullivan, S., & Brown, G.L. (In press). Structure of reflective functioning and adult attachment scales: Overlap and distinctions. Attachment & Human Development, 18, 176-187.

Manczak, E., Mangelsdorf, S., McAdams, D.P., Wong, M.S., Schoppe-Sullivan, S., & Brown, G. (In press). How did that make you feel? Influences of gender and parental personality on family emotion talk. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 62, 388-414.

Manczak, E., McAdams, D.P., Mangelsdorf, S., Wong, M.S., Schoppe-Sullivan, S., & Brown, G. (2016). Autobiographical memories of childhood and sources of subjectivity in parents’ perceptions of infant temperament. Infant Behavior and Development, 44, 77-85.

Leerkes, E.M., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., Haltigan, J.D., Wong, M.S., & Fortuna, K. (2015). Antecedents of maternal sensitivity to infant distress: Integrating attachment, social information processing, and psychobiological perspectives. Child Development, 86, 94-111.

McElwain, N.L., Holland, A.S., Engle, J., & Wong, M.S. (2015). Child-mother attachment security and child characteristics as joint contributors to young children’s coping in a challenging situation. Infant and Child Development, 24, 414-434.  

Haltigan, J.D., Leerkes, E.M., Wong, M.S., Fortuna, K., Supple, A.J., O’Brien, M., Calkins, S.D., & Plamondon, A. (2014). Adult Attachment states of mind: Measurement invariance across ethnicity and associations with maternal sensitivity. Child Development, 85, 1019-1035.

Leerkes, E.M., & Wong, M.S. (2012). Infant distress and regulatory behaviors vary as a function of attachment security, emotion context, and maternal involvement. Infancy, 17, 445-478.

Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Shigeto, A., & Wong, M.S. (2012). Temperament as a moderator of the effects of parental depressive symptoms on child behavior problems. Social Development, 21, 610-627.

McElwain, N.L., Holland, A.S., Engle, J., & Wong, M.S. (2012). Child anger proneness moderates associations between child-mother attachment security and child behavior with mothers at 33 months. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 76-86.

Wong, M.S., Bost, K.K., Shin, N., Verissimo, M., Maia, J., Monteiro, L., Silva, F., Coppola, G., Costantini, A., & Vaughn, B.E. (2011). Preschool children’s mental representations of attachment: Antecedents in their secure base behaviors and maternal attachment scripts. Attachment & Human Development, 13, 489-502.

Jessee, A., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Brown, G.L., Schoppe-Sullivan, S.J., Shigeto, A., & Wong, M.S. (2010). Parents’ differential susceptibility to the effects of marital quality on sensitivity across the first year. Infant Behavior & Development, 33, 442-452.

Bost, K.K., Choi, E., & Wong, M.S. (2010). Narrative structure and emotional references in parent-child reminiscing: Associations with child gender, temperament, and the quality of parent-child interactions. Early Child Development and Care, 180, 139-156.

Wong, M.S., Mangelsdorf, S.C., Brown, G.L., Neff, C., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S.J. (2009). Parental beliefs, sensitivity, infant temperament, and marital quality: Associations with infant-mother and infant-father attachment. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 828-838.

Wong, M.S., McElwain, N.L., & Halberstadt, A.G. (2009).  Parent, family, and child characteristics: Associations with mother- and father-reported emotion socialization practices. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 452-463.

Mangelsdorf, S.C. & Wong, M.S. (2009). Independence and dependence. In J.B. Benson & M.M. Haith (Eds.), Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood (pp. 208-218). San Diego, CA: Elsevier. (Reprinted from Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, vol. 2 (146-154), by M.M. Haith & J.B. Benson, Eds., 2008, Elsevier).

Wong, M.S., Diener, M., & Isabella, R.A. (2008). Parents’ emotion related beliefs and behaviors and child grade: Associations with children’s perceptions of peer competence. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 29, 175-186.

Diener, M., Isabella, R.A., Behunin, M.G., & Wong, M.S. (2008).  Attachment to mothers and fathers during middle childhood:  Associations with child gender, grade, and competence. Social Development, 17, 84-101.

Mangelsdorf, S.C. & Wong, M.S. (2008). Independence and dependence. In M.M. Haith & J.B. Benson, Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development, vol. 2 (146-154). Elsevier. 


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 108 Human Growth and Development
PSY 136 Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences
PSY 201 Writing for Psychology
PSY 350 Parenting


Dr. Wong was named the Dawson Professor of the Year (2018-2019) at Stevenson University. Beginning in 2004 to honor the exceptional contributions of Dr. Rose Dawson, this award recognizes a record of innovation, an energetic approach to the art of teaching, notable scholarly and/or creative accomplishments, and engaging with students as a teacher and mentor.

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