Sihong Liu

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ongoing survey of families with young children during the COVID-19 pandemic


Ph.D.   2020    Human Developement and Family Science, The University of Georgia

M.S.    2017    Human Developement and Family Science, The University of Georgia

B.S.     2015    Statistics, Renmin University of China


Sihong Liu is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Laboratory. Her research adopts the developmental psychopathology perspective and examines children's and adolescents' developmental risk and resilience, as well as individual heterogeneity, following exposure to early life stress. Guided by the translational neuroscience framework, Sihong also studies early intervention strategies that can disrupt the developmental pathways from early adversity to psychopathology and promote resilience. Sihong examines developmental risk and resilience using a mutli-level and multi-method approach, with an emphasis on psychophysiological and neurological mechanisms (e.g., autonomic nervous system biomarkers, cortisol, and fMRI) underlying these influences of early life stress. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Sihong has also been involved in the RAPID project and expanded her research to a greater focus on revealing developmental and health disparities based on race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and other demographic characteristics in order to directly inform policy changes. 


Selected peer-reviewed publications:

Liu, S., Fisher, P. A., Schlueter, L. J., Phu, T., Gunnar, M. R., & Watamura, S. E. (in press). A brief video-coaching intervention buffers young children’s vulnerability to the impact of caregivers’ depressive symptoms: examination of differential susceptibility. Development and Psychopathology.

Oshri, A., Liu, S., Suveg, C., Caughy, M. O., & Goodgame-Huffman, L. (2021). Biological sensitivity to context as a dyadic construct: an investigation of child-parent RSA synchrony among low-SES youth. Development and Psychopathology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S095457942100078X. 

Liu, S., Oshri, A., Kogan, S. M., Wickrama, K.A.S., & Sweet, L. (2021). Amygdalar activation as a neurobiological marker of differential sensitivity in the effects of family rearing experiences on youths’ psychopathology. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.04.017.

Liu, S., Phu, T., Dominguez, A., Hurwich-Reiss, E., McGee, D., Watamura, S. E., & Fisher, P. A. (2021). Improving caregiver self-efficacy and children’s behavioral outcomes via a brief video coaching intervention: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s11121-021-01251-6. 

Liu, S., Cui, Z., Duprey, E.B., Kogan S.M., & Oshri, A. (2020). Adverse parenting is indirectly linked to delayed reward discounting via blunted RSA reactivity: the protective role of a shift-and-persist coping strategy. Adversity and Resilience Science. 1(3), 149-163. doi: 10.1007/s42844-020-00012-8. 

Liu, S., Oshri, A., & Duprey, E. B. (2020). Heart rate variability reactivity moderates the indirect link between child maltreatment and young adult alcohol use Problems via depressive symptoms. The American Journal on Addictions, 29(2), 141-150. doi: 10.1111/ajad.13004. 

Oshri, A., Gray, J., Owen, M., Liu, S., Duprey, E. B., Sweet, L. H., & MacKillop, J. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and amygdalar reduction:  high-resolution segmentation reveals specificity of subnuclei associations and links to psychiatric outcomes. Child Maltreatment, 24(4), 400-410. doi: 10.1177/1077559519839491. 

Liu, S., Oshri, A., & Duprey, E. B., (2018). Alcohol use and depressive symptoms among a nationally representative sample of youth investigated for maltreatment. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(3), 380-390. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2018.79.380. 

Oshri, A., Liu, S., Duprey, E. B., & MacKillop, J. (2018). Child maltreatment, delayed reward discounting, and alcohol and other drug use problems: the moderating role of heart rate variability. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42(10), 2033-2046. doi: 10.1111/acer.13858.

Oshri, A., Duprey, E. B., Kogan, S. M., Carlson, M. W., & Liu, S. (2018). Growth patterns of future orientation among maltreated youth: a prospective ecological examination of resilience. Developmental Psychology, 54(8), 1456-1471. doi: 10.1037/dev0000528.