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Elizabeth Wieling

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy Program Director

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
PhD Human Development and Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy Iowa State University 1997
M.S. International Development, General Graduate Studies – Sociology, Political Science, and Spanish Iowa State University 1993
B.A. Business Administration Briar Cliff University 1991

Research

Elizabeth Wieling’s early research focused on understanding cross-cultural dynamics in psychotherapy intervention and research, and advanced clinical models that more adequately fit the cultural characteristics of Latinx populations – particularly at-risk families dealing with multiple stressors and a history of complex and/or mass traumas. This work has evolved into investigations of preventive and clinical intervention models that demonstrate efficacy, as well as effectiveness, with systematically marginalized and disenfranchised families in the United States and abroad. Central to this research is the development of culturally appropriate, ethical, and methodologically-sound strategies to assess intervention outcomes.

Liz is concurrently pursuing a research agenda that integrates her cross-cultural work and prevention background to develop multi-component systemic-oriented interventions that cut across individual, family, and community levels for populations exposed to mass trauma – particularly related to war and organized violence.

As part of her multi-component interdisciplinary research agenda, she is adapting two evidence-based treatments for implementation with families: 1) Parent Management Training – (GenerationPMTO) is being adapted for work with trauma-affected populations, specifically to support parents to help their children in the aftermath of traumatic events. She previously had adapted GenerationPMTO for at-risk Latina single mothers in a research project underwritten by a National Institutes of Mental Health Research Scientist Career Development Award and has tested the feasibility of the model with Acholi families in Northern Uganda and with Karen refugee mothers resettled in the U.S.; 2) Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), an intervention for persons diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, is being incorporated into a multi-component ecological approach, including Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gender/Cultural/Indigenous Critical models, to assist families. 

In addition, Liz is collaborating with U.S. and international teams of interdisciplinary researchers to develop a research agenda focused on global mental health for populations affected by traumatic stress. In the United States, she is collaborating with colleagues from the Oregon Social Learning Center, the Center for Victims of Torture, and several local multicultural agencies. She is also working with researchers in Germany, Uganda, Cambodia, Mexico and Brazil to advance the implementation and dissemination of parenting and family interventions.

Teaching

Evidence-based parenting interventions (GenerationPMTO)

Traumatic stress (Narrative Exposure Therapy)

Implementation and dissemination research

Global mental health

Advanced qualitative research methodologies

Observational dyadic and family research

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science Professor 16

Outreach

National work with mental health agencies serving immigrant and refugee populations and international work with trauma-afffected populations in post-conflict settings. Currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as Co-PI to conduct clinical intervention for stress reduction with African American couples in Georgia.

Areas of Expertise

Traumatic stress, parenting, global mental health, immigrant and refugee families, Latinx mental health

Evidence Based Treatments: Narrative Exposure Therapy and GenerationPMTO

Books

Books

Ballard, J.,* Wieling, E. & Solheim, C. (June, 2016, updated 2020). Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences in the United States. University of Minnesota Libraries - Open Access. http://open.lib.umn.edu/immigrantfamilies/

Note: Equal author contributions.

Rosenblatt, P. & Wieling, E. (2013). Knowing and Not-Knowing in Intimate Relationships. Cambridge University Press.

Rastogi, M., & Wieling, E. (Eds.). (2004). Voices of Color: First Person Accounts of Ethnic Minority Therapists. Sage. 

Current Classes

Global Mental Health

Qualitative Research Methods

Current Research

Evidenced based treatments for families affected by traumatic stress

Parenting interventions/Child mental health

Immigrant and refugee mental health

Latinx mental and relational health

Prevention, implementation, and dissemination science

Global mental health

Journal Articles

Kelley, A, N.*, Curtis, M.* & Wieling, E. (2021). Expanding the traumatic stress framework to incorporate a socioecological family systems perspective. Family Process, doi.org/10.1111/famp.12682

Wieling, E., Trejo, A.*, Patterson, J., Weingarten, K., Falicov, C., Hernandez, A., Heffron, L., Faulkner, M., Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2020). Standing and responding in solidarity with disenfranchised immigrant families in the United States: An ongoing call for action. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi 10.1111/jmft.12460. Awarded Paper of the Year 2020.

Erolin, K.* & Wieling, E. (2020). The experiences of couple/marriage and family therapists of color: A survey analysis. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12456

Cooper, D.* K., Erolin, K.*, Wieling, E., Durtschi, J., Aguilar, E*., Diaspro-Higuera, M. O., & Garcia-Huidobro, D.* (2020). Family violence, PTSD, and parent-child interactions: Dyadic data analysis with Mexican families. Child &Youth Care Forum. doi.org/10.1007/s10566-020-09564-3

Jordan Jensen, E.*, Wieling, E., Mendenhall, T. (2020). A Phenomenological study of clinicians’ perspectives on barriers to rural mental health care. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44(1), 51-61. doi.org.ezp3.lib.umn.edu/10.1037/rmh0000125

Morgan, E.*, Wieling, E., Hubbard, J., & Dwanyen, L.* (2020). Testing the feasibility of implementing a multi-couple therapy model with torture surviving couples in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Family Process, 59(3), 1128–1143. doi: 10.1111/famp.12487

Mehus, C.*, Wieling, E., Ertl, V., Achan, L., & Okot, T. (2020). The perceived impact of alcohol on father’s roles and relationships in northern Uganda. Transcultural Psychology. doi.org/10.1177/1363461520943315

Ballard, J.*, & Wieling, E. , Dwanyen, L.* (2020). Parenting practices of a resettled Karen refugee community. Contemporary Family Therapy, 42, 95–107. doi: 10.1007/s10591-019-09509-6

Cooper, D.*, Wieling, E., & Pfeiffer, A., (2019). Bioecological implications of narrative exposure therapy in low-resource settings: Individual, family, community, and socio-political contexts. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 40(4), 353-367. doi:10.1002/anzf.1392

Serpeloni, F., Nätt, D., Gonçalves de Assis, S., Wieling, E., & Elbert, T. (2019). Experiencing community and domestic violence is associated with epigenetic changes in DNA methylation of BDNF and CLPX in adolescents. Psychophysiology, 57(1). doi:10.1111/psyp.13382

Möllerherm J.*, Wieling. E., Saile, R., Forgatch, M., Neuner, F., and Catani, C. (2019). Behavioral observations in Northern Uganda: Development of a coding system to assess

mother–child interactions in a post-war society. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:2519. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02519

Baumann, A., Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Wieling, E., Parra-Cardona, R., Forgatch, M., & Rains, L. (2019). Teaching GenerationPMTO, an evidence-based parent intervention, in a university setting using a blended learning strategy. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5, 91. doi: 10.1186/s40814-019-0476-8

McCleary, J.*, Shannon, P., Wieling, E., & Becher, E.* (2019). Exploring intergenerational communication and stress in refugee children and adolescents. Child & Family Social Work, 25, 364-372. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12692

Cooper, D.*, Wieling, E., Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Garcia-Huidobro, D.*, Baumann, A., Mejia, A., Le, H., Cardemil, E., & Acevedo-Polakovich, I. G. (2019). Latinx mental health scholars’ experiences with cultural adaptation and implementation of systemic family interventions. Family Process, 59, 492-508. doi: 10.1111/famp.12433

Utržan, D.* & Wieling, E. (2018). A phenomenological study of the experiences of

Syrian asylum-seekers and refugees in the United States. Family Process, 59, 209-228. doi: 10.1111/famp.12408

Utržan, D. S.*,Wieling, E., & Piehler, T. F. (2018). An assessment of the United States refugee resettlement program: Focus on Syrian asylum-seek­ers and refugees. International Migration Review, 57, 127-144. doi: 10.1111/imig.12479

Mehus, C.*, Wieling, E., Achan, L., & Oloya, T. (2018). Identifying the roles of fathers in post-war Northern Uganda: Groundwork for a parenting intervention. African Studies, 41. doi.org/10.1080/00020184.2018.1496593

Garcia-Huidobro, D.*, Diaspro-Higuera, M. O., Palma, D., Palma, R., Ortega, L., Shlafer, R., Wieling, E., Piehler, T., August, G., Svetaz, M. V., Borowsky, I. W., & Allen, M. L. (2018). Adaptive recruitment and parenting interventions for immigrant Latino families with adolescents. Prevention Science, 20, 56-67. doi.org/10.1007/s11121-018-0898-1

Wieling, E. (2017). Family interventions for populations exposed to traumatic stress related to war and violence. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(2), 189-192. doi:10.1111/jmft.12297

Ballard, J.*, Wieling, E., & Forgatch, M. (2017). Feasibility of implementation of a parenting intervention with resettled Karen refugees from Burma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44(2), 220-234. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12286

Morgan, E.*, Wieling, E., Hubbard, J., & Kraus, E.* (2017). The development and implementation of a multi-couple therapy model with torture survivors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 44, 235-247. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12287

Yumbul, C.*, Wieling, E., & Celik, H.* (2017). Impact of the 2011 earthquake on affected Turkish families: Mother’s perceptions of change in parenting practices and child outcomes. Contemporary Family Therapy, 40, 237-248. doi: 10.1007/s10591-017-9445-7

McClearly, J.*, & Wieling, E. (2016). Forced displacement and alcohol use in two Karen refugee communities: A comparative qualitative study. The British Journal of Social Work. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcw076

Gorlin, J. B.*, McAlpine, C. P., Garwick, A., & Wieling, E. (2016). Severe childhood autism: The family lived experience. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, (31)6, 580-597. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2016.09.002

Wieling, E., Mehus, C.*, Yumbul, C.*, Möllerherm, J.*, Ertl, V., Laura, A., Forgatch, M., Neuner, F., & Catani, C. (2015). Preparing the field for feasibility testing of a parenting intervention for war-affected mothers in Northern Uganda. Family Process, 56, 376-392. doi: 10.1111/famp.12189

Wieling, E., Mehus, C.*, Möllerherm, J.*, Neuner, F., Achan, L., & Catani, C. (2015). Assessing the feasibility of providing a parenting intervention for war-affected families in Northern Uganda. Family and Community Health, 38(3), 253–268. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000064

Myhra, L.*, Wieling, E., & Grant, H.* (2015). Substance use in American Indian family relationships: Linking past, present, and future. American Journal of Family Therapy, 43(5), 413-424. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2015.1069133

Garcia-Huidobro, D.*, Maldonado, F., Rosas-Lee, M., Allen, M., & Wieling, E. (2015). Understanding attendance in a community-based parenting intervention for immigrant Latino/a families. Health Promotion Practice, 17(1), 57-69. doi: 10.1177/1524839915582155

Volpe. E. M., Quinn, C. R., Resch, K., Sommers, M. S., Wieling, E., & Cerulli, C. (2015). Narrative Exposure Therapy: A proposed model to address IPV-related PTSD in parenting and pregnant adolescents. Family and Community Health. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000072

Shannon, P., Simmelink, J.*, Wieling, E., Im, H.*, Becher, E.*, & O’Fallon, A.  (2015). Exploring mental health screening feasibility and training of health coordinators. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 13(1), 80-102. doi: 10.1080/15562948.2014.894170

Erbes, C., Stillman, J., Wieling, E., Bera, W., & Leskela, J. (2014). A pilot examination of the use of narrative therapy with individuals diagnosed with PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress,27(6), 730-733. doi:10.1002/jts.21966.

Becher, E.*, & Wieling, E. (2014). The intersections of culture and power in therapist and interpreter relationships: A qualitative study. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi.org/10.1037/a0037535

Erolin, K.*, Wieling, E., & Aguilar, E.* (2014). Family violence exposure and associated risk factors to child PTSD in a Mexican sample. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38(6), 1011-1022. doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.011

Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Simmelink, J.*, & Becher, E.* (2014). Exploring the mental health effects of political trauma with newly arrived refugees. Qualitative Health Research. 1-15. doi: 10.1177/1049732314549475

Shannon, P., Wieling, E., Im, H.*, Becher, E.*, & Simmelink, J.*, (2014). Beyond stigma: Barriers to discussing mental health in refugee populations. Journal of Loss and Trauma. doi:10.1080/15325024.2014.934629

Shannon, P. J., Vinson, G., Wieling, E., Cook, T.*, & Letts, J. (2014). Torture, war trauma, and mental health symptoms of Karen refugees. Journal of Loss and Trauma. doi:10.1080/15325024.2014.965971

Trombley, H.*, Bartels, D., & Wieling, E. (2014). “She’s my baby:” How recently incarcerated fathers experience their relationship with their daughters. Fathering, 12(1), 94-114. doi: 10.3149/fth.1201.94

Myhra, L.* & Wieling, E. (2014). Intergenerational patterns of substance abuse among urban American Indian families. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13(1), 1-22. doi:10.1080/15332640.2013.847391

Myhra, L.* & Wieling, E. (2014). Psychological trauma among American Indian families: A two-generation study. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19(4) 289-313. doi:10.1080/15325024.2013.771561

Parra-Cardona, R., Aguilar, E.*, Wieling, E., Forgatch, M., Domenech-Rodriquez, M., Morton, A., & Fitzgerald, H. (2014). Closing the gap between two countries: Feasibility of dissemination of an evidence-based parenting intervention in México. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12098

Shannon, P., Im, H.*, Becher, E.*, Simmelink, J.*, Wieling, E., & O’Fallon, A. (2012) Screening for war trauma, torture and mental health symptoms among newly arrived refugees:  A national survey of state refugee health coordinators. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 10(4), 380-394. doi: 10.1080/15562948.2012.674324

Rastogi, M., Massey-Hasting, N., & Wieling, E. (2012). Barriers to seeking mental health services in the Latino/a community: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 31(4), 1-17. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2012.31.4.1

Catani, C., Gewirtz, A.H., Wieling, E., Schauer, E., Elbert, T., & Neuner, F. (2010). Tsunami, war, and cumulative risk in the lives of Sri Lankan school children. Child Development, 81(4), 1176-1191. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01461.x

Kimball, T. G.*, Wieling, E., & Brimhall, A. (2009). A sense of sisterhood: A qualitative case study of a flexibly structured, long-term therapy group for divorced women. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 21(4), 225 – 246

Wieling, E. & Mittal, M.* (2008). Developing evidence-based systemic interventions for mass trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 127-131. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00059.x

Connor, J.*, Bean, D., & Wieling, E. (2008). Vulvar Pain: A phenomenological study of couples in search of effective diagnosis and treatment. Family Process, 47(2), 139-155. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2008.00245.x

Gewirtz, A., Forgatch, M., & Wieling, E. (April 2008). Parenting practices as potential mechanisms for children’s adjustment following mass trauma: Literature review and prevention research framework. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 177-192. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00063.x

Landau, J., Mittal, M.*, & Wieling, E. (April 2008). Linking Human Systems: Strengthening individuals, families, and communities in the wake of mass trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2), 193-209. doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00064.x

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Córdova, D.*, Holtrop, K.*, Villarruel, F.A.*, & Wieling, E. (2008). Shared ancestry, evolving stories: Similar and contrasting life experiences described by foreign born and U.S. born Latino parents. Family Process, 47(2), 157-172

Bell, N. J., Wieling, E., & Watson, W.* (2007). Narrative processes of identity construction:  Micro indicators of developmental patterns following transition to university.  Identity, 7, 1-26. doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2005.09.003

Marshall, J. P.*, Sorenson, R, Brigham, K., Wieling, E., Riefman, A., & Wampler, R. (2006). The paradox for the family firm CEO: Owner age relationship to succession-related processes and plans. Journal of Business Venturing, 21(3), 348-368

Mittal, M.*, & Wieling, E. (2006). Training experiences of international doctoral students in marriage and family therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 23(3), 233-244. doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2006.tb01613.x

Mittal, M.*, & Wieling, E. (2005). The influence of therapist's ethnicity on the practice of feminist therapy: A pilot study. Feminist Journal of Family Therapy, 16(2), 1-24. doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1300/J086v16n02_01

Bell, N. J., Wieling, E., & Watson, W.* (2005). Identity development during the first two university years:  Exploring intersections between micro and ontogenetic processes. New Ideas in Psychology, 23(2), 53-73. doi.org/10.1016/j.newideapsych.2005.09.003

Marshall, J.*, & Wieling, E. (2004). Marriage and family therapy student’s phenomenological experiences of cross-cultural supervision. Family Therapy, 16(1), 17-32

Wieling, E., & Rastogi, M. (2004). The voices of marriage and family therapists of color: A pilot study. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 26(3), 224-238. doi-org.ezp2.lib.umn.edu/10.1300/J086v15n01_01

Lim, S.*, & Wieling, E. (2004). Immigrant Chinese women negotiating values and perceptions of self in the cultural borderlands of East and West – A qualitative study. The Family Journal, 21(1), 12-22.

Turner, W., & Wieling, E. (2004). Introduction to the special section: Implications of research on diverse families. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30(3), 225-256. doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2004.tb01238.x

Turner, W. Wieling, E., & Allen, W. (2004). Developing culturally effective family-based research programs: Implications for family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 30(3), 257-270. https://doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2004.tb01239.x.

Boss, P. Bellieu, L., Wieling, E., Turner, & W. La Cruz, S. (2003). Healing loss, ambiguity, and trauma: A community-based intervention with families of union workers missing after the 9/11 attack in the New York City. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29(4), 455-467

Wieling, E. (2003). Latino/a and white marriages: A pilot study investigating the experiences of interethnic couples in the United States. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 2(2), 41-55.

Wieling, E., & Mittal, M.* (2003). Expanding the horizons of marriage and family therapists: Towards a global interconnectedness. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 14(1), 53-62. doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1300/J086v14n01_03

Wieling, E. (2003). Do returns on investment for educating children in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, pay off in the long run? A qualitative analysis, 1997. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 16(6), 1-18

McInnes, M.*, & Wieling, E. (2002). Points of connection and disconnection: A look at feminism and postmodernism in family therapy. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 14(2), 1-19. doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1300/J086v14n02_01

Wieling. E., Negretti, M.*, Christensen, F.*, Bryan, L.*, Kimball, T.*, & Stokes, S.* (2001). Postmodernism in marriage and family therapy: Doctoral students’ understanding and experiences. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 27(4), 527-533. doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1752-0606.2001.tb00345.x

Wieling, E., Winter, M., Morris, E., & Murphy. A. (2001). Women working for pay or profit in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, 1987-1992: Integration, marginalization or exploitation?  The Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard, 1, 48-66

Negretti, M. A.*, & Wieling, E. (2001). The use of communication technology in private practice: Ethical implications and boundary dilemmas in therapy. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 23(3), 275-294

Wieling, E., & Marshall, J.* (2000). Cross-cultural therapy and supervision in marriage and family therapy: Implications for training, research, and clinical practice. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, 21(3), 317-329

Ivey, D. C., Wieling, E., & Harris, S. M. (2000). Save the young, the elderly have lived their lives: Ageism in Marriage and Family Therapy. Family Process, 39(2), 163-175. doi-org.ezp1.lib.umn.edu/10.1111/j.1545-5300.2000.39202.x

Marshall, J.*, & Wieling, E. (2000). Promoting cultural diversity through cultural plunges. Family Therapy, 27(2), 89-99

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