Wendy Kliewer, Ph.D.
810 W Franklin, rm 101
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 research centers 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. I am interested in the effects of cumulative risk - the piling up of sociodemographic, psychosocial, and environmental stressors - and adjustment across a broad array of domains including academic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physiological functioning. Currently, I co-lead three projects: Project CARE - a study of risk and resilience in South African youth (located in Durban, South Africa); Project HEART - Health and Resilience in Teens - focused on low-income African American adolescents and their mothers in Richmond; and the Myanmar Youth Health Study – a study of risk and protective factors for teen substance use in Myanmar. I also am a co-investigator on the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP), a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded effort to provide tools that can be used by the FDA to guide tobacco product regulation development, and am an Associate Coordinator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, a Fulbright exchange activity. Among protective factors, I have a particular interest in the role of the family in mitigating risk. I am committed to interdisciplinary, cross-cultural research, as well as to training the next generation of scholars to continue to do research that matters.
- 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
- Full curriculum vitae [PDF]
- 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