College of Family and Consumer Sciences
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.
|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.
Work as a teaching assistant for various faculties in the HDFS department since 2020.
|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.
Co-chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Wieling & Dr. Maureen Flint
Members: Dr. Y. Joon Choi & Dr. Jennifer Gonyea
Areas of Expertise
- 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
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.
- 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
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.