Wellbeing and Mental Health

2016 ~ Present | Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).




Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness but the presence of meaning, engagement, and other factors that characterize a good life. The goal of this VIP team is to conduct psychological research on factors that link to wellbeing and mental health in adulthood and old age. We emphasize how theories can be applied to study optimal development and individual adaptation to life circumstances. Specifically, students will work in groups to complete a research project, from conceptualizing concepts related to wellbeing and mental health, operationalizing the concepts, to analyzing data and writing up a report. Students will have opportunities to work with the instructor and submit their group work to local or national conferences.   


Issues Involved or Addressed

We will learn how young, middle-aged, and older adults lead their lives and adapt to life transitions and challenges. We will discuss factors that link to mental health and wellbeing. Example topics include emotional experience, thinking processes that people use to adapt to life circumstances, and individual and sociocultural factors that shape wellbeing and mental health.   


Methods and Technologies

  • Cross-sectional surveys
  • Content Analysis
  • Experience Sampling
  • Qualitative Interviews
  • Machine Learning

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • Analytics
  • Computational Media
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Music Technology
  • Urban Design
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Logistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Physics
  • Robotics
  • Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Chinese
  • Digital Media
  • Economics
  • Economics and International Affairs
  • French
  • German
  • Global Economics and Modern Languages
  • Global Media and Cultures
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs and Modern Languages
  • International Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Public Policy
  • Spanish
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Open to all students interested in social science research.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
ES&T L1 105 (SP22); TBD (FA22)
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Hsiao-Wen Liao
  • Psychology

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Center for Engineering Education Diversity (CEED); Women in Engineering (WIE); College of Engineering; the Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology (WST).