Qiong (Joanna) Wu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wu is accepting new graduate students for 2020-21.

Dr. Joanna Wu

Get to know Dr. Wu


My research interests focus on emotional processes within the family and their role in the intergenerational transmission of psychopathologies from parents to children. More specifically, I have primarily invested my research efforts in examining how maternal mental health problems (depression, anxiety, and substance use) are associated with adjustment issues in children through mother-child emotional dynamics. As an applied researcher and clinician, I am also interested in examining the efficacy of family therapy interventions aimed at improving parent-child emotional interactions.

Dr. Wu Spotlight Article


  • B.S., Psychology, Peking University
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Science, Ohio State University
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization: Quantitative Research Methods, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science (Couple and Family Therapy), Ohio State University

Publications and Other Scholarly Activities

Wu, Q., McWey, L. M., Ledermann, T. (in press). Clients’ attributions of the presenting problem and the therapeutic alliance in couple therapy: Systemic versus intrapersonal perspectives. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12432

Wu, Q., & Feng, X. (in press). Infant emotion regulation and cortisol response during the first two years of life: Association with maternal parenting profiles. Developmental Psychobiology. doi: 10.1111/DEV.21965

Wu, Q., Zhang, J., Walsh, L., & Slesnick, N. (2020). Family network satisfaction moderates treatment effects of cognitive therapy among homeless youth experiencing suicidal ideation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 125, 103548. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2019.103548

Wu, Q., Feng, X., Gerhardt, M., & Wang, L. (in press). Maternal depressive symptoms, rumination and child emotion regulation. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.1007/s00787-019-01430-5

Wu, Q., Feng, X., Hooper, E., Gerhardt, M., Ku, S., & Chan, M. (in press). Maternal emotion coaching and preschooler’s emotionality: Moderation by maternal parenting stress. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2019.101066

Wu, Q., & Slesnick, N. (2019). Interruption of dysfunctional mother-child reciprocal influences associated with family therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 753-763. doi: 10.1037/fam0000536


  • ISSBD Early Career Scholar Travel Grant
  • SRCD Student Travel Award
  • OAMFT Scholarship, AAMFT Ohio Division
  • Crane Center Graduate Research Fellow, OSU
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