Department of Psychology

Maria M. Wong, Ph.D.

Maria M. Wong, Ph.D.

Professor, Developmental Psychology


B.S.S. (1983), Chinese University of Hong Kong;
M.A. (1985), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill;
Ph.D. (1993), University of Chicago;
Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Social Research (1995-1997) and Addiction Research Center (1998), University of Michigan.

Research Interests

Current projects

  1. Developmental resilience (the ability to adapt well in spite of adversity) in substance use. Risk and protective factors related to substance use in childhood and adolescence, e.g., sleep problems, behavioral control.
  2. Developmental trajectories of negative affect in childhood and adolescence and their effects on subsequent substance use and psychopathology.
  3. Development of self-regulation and its effects on substance use and academic performance.
  4. Longitudinal methodology and statistics, especially latent growth curve models, hierarchical linear models, structural equation models, and missing data imputation.
  5. Gender and cultural differences related to issues (1), (2), and (3).

Long term interests
To understand the factors that promote psychological well-being, resilience, and adaptive functioning in both high risk and normal populations.

Personal Web Page / Vita

Selected Research Publications

Wong, M. M. & Rowland, S. E.* (2013). Self-determination and substance use: Is effortful control a mediator? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(6), 1040-1047. doi: 10.1111acer.12062.

Heath, N. M.,* Lynch, S. M., Fritch, A. M.,* & Wong, M. M. (2013). Rape myth acceptance impacts the reporting of rape to the police: A study of incarcerated women. Violence against women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal. In press.

McCutcheon, L. E., Lowinger, R., Wong, M. M., & Jenkins, W. (2013). Celebrity worship and religion revisited. Implicit Religion. In press.

Wong, M. M. & Brower, K. J. (2012). The prospective relationship between insomnia and suicidal behavior in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 953-959. (PMID22551658)

Fitzgerald, H. E., Wong, M. M., & Zucker, R. A. (2012). Early origins of alcohol use and abuse: Mental representations, relationships, and risk-resilience continuum. In Suchman, N. E., Pajulo, M., Mayes, L. C. (Eds.), Parents and substance addiction: Developmental approaches to intervention. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wong, M. M., Brower, K. J., & Zucker, R. A. (2011). Sleep problems, suicidal ideation, and self-harm behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45(4), 505-511. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2010.09.005

Yu, J.,* Roberts, M., Wong, M., & Shen, Y. (2011). Acceptability of Behavioral Family Therapy among Caregivers in China. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 20(3), 272-278. doi: 10.1007/s10826-010-9388-1

Wong, M. M., Brower, K.J., Nigg, J.T., & Zucker, R.A. (2010). Childhood sleep problems, response inhibition, and alcohol and drug outcomes in adolescence and young adulthood. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 1033-1044. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01178.x

Wong, M. M. (2010). Pubertal development, sleep problems, and alcohol use: A commentary. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34(12), 2019-2021. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01299.x

Wong, M. M., Goodboy, A. K., Murtagh, M. P., Hackney, A. A., & McCutcheon, L. E. (2010). Are celebrities charged with murder likely to be acquitted? North American Journal of Psychology, 12, 625-636.

Wong, M. M., Brower, K. J., & Zucker, R. A. (2009). Childhood sleep problems, early onset of substance use and behavioral problems in adolescence. Sleep Medicine, 10, 787-796.

Prasad, A.*, St-Hilaire, S., Wong, M. M., Loftin, J., & Peterson, T. (2009). Physical activity and mood in adolescents. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 173-188.

Niemeyer, A. E.*, Wong, M. M. & Westerhaus, K. (2009) Parental involvement, familismo, academic performance and academic resilience in Hispanic and Caucasian adolescents. North American Journal of Psychology, 11, 613-632.

Wong, M. M. (2008). Perceptions of parental involvement and autonomy support: Their relations with self-regulation, academic performance, substance use and resilience among adolescents. North American Journal of Psychology, 10, 497-518.

Martel, M. M., Nigg, J. T., Wong, M. M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Jester, J. M., Puttler, L. I., Glass, J. M., Adams, K. M., & Zucker, R. A.(2007). Childhood and adolescent resiliency regulation, and executive functioning in relation to adolescent problems and competence in a high-risk sample. Development and Psychopathology, 19, 541-563.

Wong, M. M., Nigg, J. T., Zucker, R. A., Puttler, L. I., Fitzgerald, H. E., Jester, J. M., Glass, J. M., & Adams, K. A. (2006). Behavioral Control and Resiliency in the Onset of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use: A Prospective Study from Preschool to Adolescence. Child Development, 77, 1016-1033.

Nolen-Hoeksema, S., Wong, M. M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Zucker, R. A. (2006). Depressive symptoms over time in women partners of men with and without alcohol problems. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 601-609.

Nigg, J. T., Wong, M. M., Martel, M. M., Jester, J.M., Puttler, L.I., Glass, J. M., Adams, K.M., Fitzgerald, H. E., Zucker, R.A. (2006). Poor response inhibition as a predictor of problem drinking and illicit drug use in adolescents at risk for alcoholism and other substance use disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 45, 468-475.

Wong, M. M., Brower, K., Fitzgerald, H. E. & Zucker, R. A. (2004). Sleep problems in childhood and the early onset of alcohol and other drug use in adolescence. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28, 578-587.

*Graduate or undergraduate students.


McCutcheon, L., Lee, H., Wong, M. M., & Calicchia, J. (2009). Psychology and Educational Testing. Palo Cedro, CA: CAT Publishing Inc.


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