Yabin Tang

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Candidate

Yabin came from China to further study couple and family therapy in the US in 2017 at the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed professional counselor back in China. Currently, Yabin is a doctoral candidate with CFT emphasis at UGA.

261 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Family Science with Emphasis on Couple and Family Therapy University of Georgia expected, 2024
MA Family Science with Couple and Family Therapy Emphasis University of Kentucky 2019
MAP (Master of Applied Psychology) Applied Psychology with Clinical Emphasis Peking University 2014


Yabin’s scholarship draws from her cross-culture training as a mental health scholar-practitioner, her experience as an international Asian student in the US, and her clinical background working with diverse individuals and families. Guided by social justice principles as a core value on her educational journey, her research centers on promoting Asian Americans’ mental and relational health and advocating for racial justice in health settings.


Co-teach the class “HDFS3930E 21st-Century Intimate Relation.” 

Co-design HDFS 7005 "Graduate Student Seminar" in fall 2023.

Guest lecturing

Work as a teaching assistant for various faculties in the HDFS department since 2020.      


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Project Family Mental Health Counselor 2021-present Provided mental health counseling services to individuals, couples, and families
ASPIRE Clinic at UGA Mental Health Counselor 2019-2021 Provided mental health counseling services to individuals, couples, and families
Family Center at University of Kentucky Mental Health Counselor 2017-2019 Provided mental health counseling services to individuals, couples, and families
Leestown Middle school School Counselor 2018-2019 Provided mental health counseling services to middle schoolerss


Student–Faculty Liaison of The Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program           2021–2022

  • Organized monthly program meetings, including inviting the department head and program coordinator to meet CFT students alone to listen to their needs and suggestions; also attended faculty meetings to bring up students’ concerns and voices.
  • Designed a program climate survey and sent it out every semester to collect students’ feedback on the program handbook, faculty performance, current issues, and strengths of the program.
  • Informally listened to students’ suggestions and concerns about the program via emails, text messages, and coffee chats.

Diversity and Outreach Student Representative                                                           2020–2021

  • Advocated for social justice by preparing and distributing a “Stop Asian Hate” statement to raise department attention about increased anti-Asian racist incidents in the community and across the United States during COVID-19.
  • Organized various activities throughout the year to enhance the diversity mission of the department.

Advisory Committee

Co-chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Wieling & Dr. Maureen Flint

Members: Dr. Y. Joon Choi & Dr. Jennifer Gonyea

Areas of Expertise

Research Interests

  • Mental/relational health and well-being among Asian American individuals, couples, and families
  • Systemic family theories, social determinants of health framework, and social justice orientations

Highlighted Research Skills

  • Design and management of research projects
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Qualitative methodology

Current Research

Currently, Yabin’s dissertation explores mechanisms related to how interracial couples (i.e., Chinese-American and White Euro-American) perceive their various social locations and the impact of racial stratification on their relationship. The recent escalation of anti-Asian racism and violence in the past years has increased the vulnerability of interracial Asian/White-European couples. This study will help to inform unique stressors and resilience factors that may be incorporated into mental health and relational prevention and intervention efforts.


ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0565-2871 

  • Tang, Y., Wieling, E & Flint, M. (2023). Systemic Understanding of Chinese International Doctoral Students’ Stress-Coping Processes and Family Dynamics During the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. International Journal of Systemic Therapy.  https://doi.org/10.1080/2692398X.2023.2243570   
  • Tang, Y., & Flint, M. (2022). Buffering or perpetuating?—Exploring the role of academic institutions in Chinese international doctoral students’ double pandemic experience in the United States. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 14(3a). https://doi.org/10.32674/jcihe.v14i3a.4244
  • Tang, Y., Hans, J. D., & Vowels, L. M. (2022). Comparison of indirect and direct approaches to identifying an unfaithful partner. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2022.2102098 
  • Ross, D. B., Gale, J., Wickrama, K., Goetz, J., Vowels, M. J., & Tang, Y. (2020). Couple perceptions as mediators between family economic strain and marital quality: Evidence from longitudinal dyadic data. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. 32(1). https://doi.org/10.1891/jfcp-18-00065

Working Papers

Tang, Y., & Vowels, L. M. (2023) A systematic review of interracial couples’ (i.e., one is Asian, the other is non-Asian) relationship health and well-being in the United States.

Tang, Y., Choi, Y. J., & Sonne, J. (2023) Risk factors of the overlapping experiences in dating violence among Asian college students: The impact of childhood adversities.

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