Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D.
808 W Franklin, rm 304
Co-Leader, Culture, Race and Health Transdisciplinary iCubed Core
Associate Coordinator, Humphrey Fellowship Program
Ph.D. (1989), University of California, Irvine
Doctoral Program Affiliations
My current projects reflect a commitment to helping launch the careers of current and former students and mentees, as well as VCU faculty in the beginning stages of their careers. I am particularly committed to increasing the research capacity of individuals in low- and middle-income countries, a passion that grew out of my experience as a Fulbright Research Fellow in South Africa for six months in 2011, and my interactions with mid-career professionals coming to VCU as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. For the past 25 years, and especially since 2012, my research and writing has centered on the broad theme of risk and resilience, with much of my work specifically examining substance use in early, middle, or late adolescence as an outcome. Consistent with this focus, my teaching commitments at the undergraduate and graduate levels are concentrated in the areas of addiction and research methods. I am invested in growing and improving the department of psychology’s undergraduate concentration in addiction studies, as well as improving VCU students’ knowledge generally in the area of addiction, and Humphrey Fellows’ knowledge of and capacity to conduct research in the substance abuse and related health fields.
- What affects parenting in high-risk communities?
- Do bullies and victims have different physiological responses to stress?
- How urban, African American mothers handle their emotions and respond to children's emotions are important for children's emotional competence and well-being over time, particularly in boys.
- Are experiences of discrimination associated with worse sleep at night?
Wright, A.W., Salifu Yendork, J., & Kliewer, W. (2018). Patterns of Spiritual Connectedness during Adolescence: Links to Coping and Adjustment in Low-Income Urban Youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-018-0886-6
Kliewer, W., & Parham, B.(2018). Resilience Against Marijuana Use Initiation in Low-Income African American Youth. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.08.038
Wan, N., Kliewer, W., & Sosnowski, D. (2018). Sex Differences in Risk for Substance Use among High School Students in Myanmar. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ipp0000093
Kliewer, W., Salifu Yendork, J., Wright, A.W., & Pillay, B.J. (2018). Adjustment Profiles of Low-Income Caregivers from the United States and South Africa: Contrasts and Commonalities. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27,522-534. DOI 10.1007/s10826-017-0907-1
Kliewer, W., Pillay, B.J., Swain, K., Rawatlal, N., Borre, A., Naidu, T., Pillay, L., Govender, T., Geils, C., Jäggi, L., Drazdowski, T.K., Wright, A.W., & Vawda, N. (2017). Cumulative Risk, Emotion Dysregulation, and Adjustment in South African Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies,26, 1768–1779. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-017-0708-6
Kliewer, W., & Robins, J.. (2017). Cumulative risk and physiological stress responses in African American adolescents. Biological Research for Nursing, 19, 428-439. DOI.org/10.1177/1099800417702742
- Research Internship, undergraduate level
- Developmental Research Methods, graduate level
Center for the Study of Tobacco Products
Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse
Period: 9/1/2018 - 8/31/2023
Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Program
Role: Associate Coordinator
Source: United States Department of State
Period: 7/1/16 – 6/30/21
- 2017, Distinguished Mentoring Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences
- 2017, Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment (PACME), VCU
- 2016, Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Faculty Mentor Award, VCU
- Kliewer reflects on eight years as department chair
- Kliewer, Zyzniewski win College of Humanities and Sciences awards
- Kliewer and Hailu earn PACME awards
- Dr. Wendy Kliewer wins faculty mentor award from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program