About Us

About the Director

Dr. Jeffrey Liew’s expertise includes human development, particularly emotion, motivation, and self-regulation in academic, psychosocial, and health-related outcomes from the preschool years to the high school and college years. Liew’s 3 L’s (Live, Love, Learn) sum up his passion and commitment to research that helps people to live, love, and learn in better, healthier, and more meaningful ways.

Dr. Jeffery Liew

Dr. Jeffery Liew.

His pioneering research in the area of Asian American psychology has Liew being referred to as the“Father of the Yin and Yang of Parenting”. Asian parenting practices that counterbalance strictness-supervision with autonomy support is the yin-yang combination that Liew’s research found to be important for raising children to grow into emotionally and academically competent adults.

Liew’s work is supported by research grants through the:

  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD),
  • National Science Foundation (NSF),
  • Hogg Foundation for Mental Health,
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and
  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI).

Liew is Associate Editor for Early Education & Development, and consulting editor for Developmental Psychology, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, the Journal of Genetic Psychology, and Journal of Clinical Psychology. Liew also serves as reviewer for national and international agencies, including the:

  • National Institute of Health (NIH),
  • National Science Foundation (NSF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council,
  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and
  • Israel Science Foundation.