I just started my first-year at Central Michigan University as an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies in fall 2015. I graduated with my doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Oregon State University in summer 2015. Being a Taiwanese international student, I've always compared my Taiwanese social and cultural experiences with my increasing American experiences during my graduate training in the U.S. Currently, I am working on my dissertation examining purpose in life changes among adults between late midlife to early older adulthood, and further explore how individuals define and develop their purpose in life through their life stories to understand the observed changes. My overarching research interest is to understand lifespan development in self and personality by incorporating stability and changes in personality traits and states, goals and self-regulation, and life stories.
I am really honored to be featured in the ESPO membership spotlight even though I still have a lot to learn from scholars in GSA!
I am also honored to be appointed as junior representative in GSA International Task Force this coming November (2014) and serve as the senior representative and chair mentoring the less-experienced junior representative during my second year of appointment.