Yabin Tang

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Candidate and Graduate Assistant

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 MFT emphasis at UGA.

261 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
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 culturally diverse populations’ especially Asian and Asian American individuals’, couples’, and families’ mental health and well-being.


  1. Co-teach the class “HDFS3930E 21st-Century Intimate Relation” 
  2. Some guest lectures Yabin has given:
  • "Sharing Experiences in Conducting Qual" presented at the class “Qualitative Research Practicum” at Western Michigan University
  • “Mate selection patterns and theories in current society,” presented at the class HDFS 2100 “Development within families.”
  • “Romantic relationship formation” presented at the class HDFS “21st Century Intimate Relationship.”           
  1. 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


  • Diversity and Outreach Representative in the Graduate Students Organization in the year of 2020.
  • Student-faculty liaison in the year 2020.
  • Due to the exacerbated anti-Asian sentiment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Yabin, as an Asian herself and outreach representative, was compelled to send a statement to my department, “Stop Asian Hate,” to raise awareness of hate crimes against Asians and to work towards creating a united force to fight against anti-Asian racism.
  • Yabin launched a research project to investigate Chinese international doctoral students’ marginalized experiences in the US during COVID-19 to center their voices and highlight how the negative sociopolitical climate is delivered via academic institutions and policies that often drive what appears to be individual-level stress.

Advisory Committee

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

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

Areas of Expertise

Research-wise, Yabin's expertise centers on promoting culturally diverse populations, especially Asian and Asian American individuals’, couples’, and families’ mental health and well-being.

Clinically, Yabin's expertise focuses on promoting couples, especially Asian couples as well as interracial and intercultural couple relationship well-being.

Current Research

Currently, Yabin's dissertation investigates Chinese-American/White Euro-American couples’ experiences over time in navigating marginalization and discrimination.


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

  • 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., Wieling, E., & Flint, M. (under peer-review). Chinese international doctoral students' stress-coping processes and family dynamics during the covid-19 pandemic in the United States: A phenomenological study
  • Tang, Y., Choi, YJ., & Sonne, J (manuscript). Risk factors of overlapping experience of intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration among Asian college students: The impact of childhood adversities
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