Sheena Miao

Research interests

My research interests cover a wide range of topics, including issues related to acculturation, parenting, and mental health help seeking; I look at these issues within the context of immigrant families. My current research focuses on the psychological, relational and cultural factors that contribute to the development of controlling parenting in Chinese immigrant families. Specifically, I look at risk factors that lead to the development of maladaptive parenting behaviors, as well as protective factors that buffer the negative impact of stressors on parenting and parent-child relationships.

Representative presentations

Miao, S.W., & Costigan, C.L. (2013, June). Longitudinal Relations between Acculturation Stress and Parent-Child Relationship Quality: Evidence from Chinese Canadian Immigrant Parents. Poster presented at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Regional Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Miao, S.W., Mok, H., Ganesan, S., & McKenna, M. (2013, June). Perceived Barriers, Attitudes and Behaviours toward Mental Health Help Seeking among Chinese Immigrants in Vancouver. Poster presented at the University of British Columbia 28th Annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day, Vancouver, BC.

Costigan, C.L., & Miao, S.W. (2013, March). Low income immigrant Chinese families in British Columbia: Demographic profile and links with mental health. Paper presented at Metropolis 2013, Ottawa, ON.

Recent awards

  • 2013: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Master’s Scholarship
  • 2013: UVic President's Research Scholarship
  • 2012: Outstanding Graduate Entrance Award & Graduate Fellowship Award
  • 2009: Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students
  • 2007: President's Entrance Scholarship