Kenneth T. Wang

Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
BA, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
MA, Wheaton College
PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Kenneth Wang came to Fuller’s School of Psychology in September 2014 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. His academic experience also includes being a short-term visiting scholar at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Wang’s clinical experience ranges from psychology practice at the Counseling Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to counseling at the Disability Resource Center of the National Dong-Hwa University in Hualien, Taiwan.

Wang adds to the SOP faculty diversity his Taiwanese background and fluency in Mandarin and Taiwanese. Thus, he brings personal experience to his research on cross-national adjustment.

His other current area of research focuses on perfectionism. Scholarly journals have published recent articles regarding perfectionism in individuals and families; in Chinese populations, African American adolescents, Latino students, Asian international students, gifted students; and in relation to depression, achievement, racial identity, self-esteem, and so forth. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Psychological Assessment, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Asian American Journal of Psychology, and International Journal of Intercultural Relations. He is currently on the editorial board of The Counseling Psychologist and Bulletin of Educational Psychology.

At present, Wang is co-authoring Research Design in Counseling (4th edition) for Thomas Brooks/Cole Publishing. He has taught courses in research methods, counseling practice, and diversity issue at various institutions. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, NAFSA – Association of International Educators, Asian American Psychological Association, and Taiwan Psychology Network.

Fuller Course

  • PG 851: General Linear Models: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Research design, perfectionism, cross-national (international student, sojourners, immigrants) psychological adjustment, cross-cultural and multicultural psychology, Asian and Asian American mental health



Wang, K. T., Allen, G. E. K., Stokes, H., & Suh, H. N. (in press). Perceived Perfectionism from God Scale: Development and initial evidence. Journal of Religion & Health. doi:10.1007/s10943-017-0405-1

Wang, K. T., Zhang, L., & Cao, Y. M. (in press). Chinese psychology of religion measures: A systematic review and best practice guidelines. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion.

Tsai, W., Wang, K. T., & Wei, M. (2017). Reciprocal relations between social self-efficacy and loneliness among Chinese international students. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 8, 94-102. doi:10.1037/aap0000065.

Wang, K. T., Tian, L., Fujiki, M., & Bordon, J. J. (2017). Do Chinese International Students’ personalities change during cross-national transitions? Journal of International Students, 7, 229-245.

Wang, L., Wang, K. T., Heppner, P. P., Chuang, C. C. (2017). Cross-national cultural competency among Taiwanese international students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 10, 271-287. doi:10.1037/dhe0000020

Hunt, E. N., Martens, M. P., Wang, K. T., & Yan, G. C. (2017). Acculturative stress as a moderator for international student drinking behaviors and alcohol use consequences. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 16, 263-275. doi:10.1080/15332640.2016.1185656

Wang, K. T., Permyakova, T. M., & Sheveleva, M. S. (2016). Assessing perfectionism in Russia: Classifying perfectionists with the Short Almost Perfect Scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 174-179. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.044

Heppner, P. P., Tian, L., Zhao, R., Wang, K. T., Bi, Y., Hou, Z. J., He, Y. H., Chiao, H., & Hsieh, C. (2016). A Chinese Relational Coping Inventory: Initial Evidence and Implications. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 5, 110-127. doi:10.1037/ipp0000052

Wang, K. T., Heppner, P. P., Wang, L., & Zhu, F. (2015). Cultural intelligence trajectories in new international students: Implications for the development of cross-cultural competence. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, 4, 51-65. doi:10.1037/ipp0000027

Wang, K. T., Wei, M., & Chen, H. H. (2015). Social factors in cross-national adjustment: Subjective well-being trajectories among Chinese international students. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 272-298. doi:10.1177/0011000014566470

Wang, K. T., Wei, M., Zhao, R., Chuang, C. C., & Li, F. (2015). The Cross-Cultural Loss Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation. Psychological Assessment, 27, 42-53. doi:10.1037/pas0000027

Allen, G. E. K., Wang, K. T., & Stokes, H. (2015). Examining family perfectionism and well-being among LDS individuals. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 18, 246-258. doi:10.1080/13674676.2015.1021312

Methikalam, B., Wang, K. T., Slaney, R. B., & Yeung, J. G. (2015). Perfectionism, family expectations, mental health, and Asian values among Asian Indians in the United States. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 223-232. doi:10.1037/aap0000023

Suh, H. N., Wang, K. T., & Arterberry, B. J. (2015). Development and initial validation of the Self-Directed Learning Inventory with Korean college students. Journal of Psychoeducation Assessment, 33, 687-697. doi:10.1177/0734282914557728

Wang, K. T., Castro, A. J., & Cunningham, Y. L. (2014). Are perfectionism, individualism, and racial color-blindness associated with less cultural sensitivity? Exploring diversity awareness in White prospective teachers. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 7, 211-225. doi:10.1037/a0037337

Wang, K. T., Li, F., Wang, Y., Hunt, E. N., Yan, G. C., & Currey, D. E. (2014). The International Friendly Campus Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 42, 118-128. doi:10.1016/j.ijintrel.2014.05.004

Heppner, P. P., & Wang, K. T. (2014). A cross-cultural immersion program: Promoting students’ cultural journeys. The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 1159-1187. doi:10.1177/0011000014548899

Allen, G. E. K. & Wang, K. T. (2014). Examining religious commitment, perfectionism, scrupulosity, and well-being among LDS Individuals. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6, 257-264. doi:10.1037/a0035197

Ortega, N. E., Wang, K. T., Slaney, R. B., Hayes, J. A., & Morales, A. (2014). Personal and familial aspects of perfectionism in Latino/a students. The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 406-427. doi:10.1177/0011000012473166

Suh, H. N., Yuen, M., Wang, K. T., Fu, C. C., & Trotter, R. H. (2014). Comparing perfectionist types on family environment and well-being among Hong Kong adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 111-116. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.023

Wong, Y. J., Wang, K. T., & Maffini, C. S. (2014). Asian international students’ mental health-related outcomes: A person x context cultural framework. The Counseling Psychologist, 42, 278-305. doi:10.1177/0011000013482592

Wang, K. T., Wong, Y. J., & Fu, C. C. (2013). Moderation effects of perfectionism and discrimination on interpersonal factors and suicide ideation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 367-378. doi: 10.1037/a0032551

Herman, K. C., Wang, K. T., Trotter, R., Reinke, W. M., & Ialongo, N. (2013). Developmental trajectories of maladaptive perfectionism among African American adolescents. Child Development, 84, 1633-1650. doi:10.1111/cdev.12078

Wang, K. T. (2012). Personal and family perfectionism of Taiwanese college students: Relationships with depression, self-esteem, achievement motivation, and academic grades. International Journal of Psychology, 47, 305-314. doi:10.1080/00207594.2011.626050

Wang, K. T., Fu, C. C., & Rice, K. G. (2012). Perfectionism in gifted students: Moderating effects of goal orientation and contingent self-worth. School Psychology Quarterly, 27, 96-108. doi:10.1037/a0029215

Wang, K. T., Heppner, P. P., Fu, C. C., Zhao, R., Li, F., & Chuang, C. C. (2012). Profiles of acculturative adjustment patterns among Chinese international students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 424-436. doi:10.1037/a0028532

Wang, K. T., Puri, R., Slaney, R. B., Methikalam, B., & Chadha, N. (2012). Cultural validity of perfectionism among Indian students: Examining personal and family aspects through a collectivistic perspective. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 45, 32-48. doi:10.1177/0748175611423109

Deng, J., Wang, K. T., Qi, Z., & Yang, L. (2012). Family Almost Perfect Scale Chinese Revised: An analysis of reliability and validity [家庭近乎完美量表中文修订版的信效度分析]. Studies of Psychology and Behavior, 10, 236-240.

Elion, A. A., Wang, K. T., Slaney, R. B., & French, B. H. (2012). Perfectionism in African American students: Relationship to racial identity, GPA, self-esteem, and depression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 118-127. doi:10.1037/a0026491

Heppner, P. P., Wang, K. T., & Heppner M. J. (2012). Crossing cultural boundaries: Extending the important role of coping in developing cross-national cultural competencies. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 2, 1-17.

Patterson, R. E., Wang, K. T., & Slaney, R. B. (2012). Multidimensional perfectionism, depression and relational health in women with eating disturbances. Eating Behaviors, 13, 226-232. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2012.03.004

Wei, M., Wang, K. T., Heppner, P. P., & Du, Y. (2012). Ethnic and mainstream social connectedness, perceived racial discrimination and posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 486-493. doi:10.1037/a0028000

Wei, M., Wang, K. T., Ku, T. Y. (2012). The development and validation of the Perceived Language Discrimination Scale. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 340-351. doi:10.1037/a0029453

Wang, K. T. (2010). The Family Almost Perfect Scale: Development, psychometric properties, and comparing Asian and European Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 186-199. doi:10.1037/a0020732

Wang, K. T., Yuen, M., & Slaney, R. B. (2009). Perfectionism, depression, loneliness, and life satisfaction: A study of high school students in Hong Kong. The Counseling Psychologist, 37, 249-274. doi:10.1177/0011000008315975

Wang, K. T., Slaney, R. B., & Rice, K. G. (2007). Perfectionism in Chinese university students from Taiwan: A study of psychological well-being and achievement motivation. Personality and Individual Differences, 42, 1279-1290. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2006.10.006

Slaney, R. B., Pincus, A. L., Uliaszek, A. A., & Wang, K. T. (2006). Conceptions of perfectionism and interpersonal problems: Evaluating groups using the structural summary method for circumplex data. Assessment, 13, 138-153. doi:10.1177/1073191105284878


Heppner, P. P., Wampold, B. E., Owen, J. J., Thompson, M. N., & Wang, K. T. (2015). Research Design in Counseling (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomas Brooks/Cole.


Wang, K. T., & Goh, M. (in press). Cultural intelligence. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief) & J. S. Mio & R. E. Riggio (Vol. Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. IV. Clinical, applied, and cross-cultural research. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Pak, J. H., Wang, K. T., & Dueck, A. C. (2016). Selfies, Upward Mobility, Conversion, and the Gospel of Western Individualism. Fuller Magazine, 5, 48-51.

Heppner, P., Wang, K. T., Heppner, M. J., & Wang, L.-F. (2012). From cultural encapsulation to cultural competence: The cross-national cultural competence model. In N. A. Fouad, J. A. Carter, L. M. Subich (Eds.), APA handbook of counseling psychology, vol. 2: Practice, interventions, and applications (pp. 433-471). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/13755-018

Additional Information

Dr. Wang’s CV

The Almost Perfect Scales website ( includes research conducted by Dr. Wang.

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