Sandra Yu Rueger, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychology
On Faculty since 2011

Office: BGC M215
Phone: (630)752-5753
Fax: (630)752-7033
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Education

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2010

     Predoctoral Internship, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 2010
     Postdoctoral Fellowship in Substance Abuse, The University of Chicago, 2011

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College, 1989

B.A., Psychology, Northwestern University, 1985

Licensure

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#166000356), State of Illinois, 1995

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (#071008856), State of Illinois, 2014

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About Sandra Yu Rueger

I am licensed as a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist with experience in a wide range of mental health settings, including psychiatric medical centers, community mental health centers, a church-based counseling center, and private practice. As a clinician, I specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, couples therapy, and family therapy with children and adolescents using empirically-supported approaches. As a researcher, I aim to add to the scientific understanding of risk and resilience factors related to stress adaptation, and inform clinical practice in the prevention and treatment of depression and alcohol use disorders. What I enjoy most about being at Wheaton College is the opportunity to mentor students. It is a privilege to walk beside these amazing young men and women on their path of growth and learning, and support them in their preparation for what God has for them in the future. When not working, I love spending time with family and friends, playing games, eating good food, and just laughing and sharing life together. Oh, and I keep meaning to start working out again.

Courses Taught

  • Family Theory and Therapy
  • Research and Statistics II:  Research Methods
  • Substance Abuse
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology: Motivational Interviewing
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology: Meta-Analysis
  • Practica Seminar group
  • Family Systems Theory and Counseling (M.A. program)
  • Collaborative Research – Research Lab Section (B.A. program)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research on Child Development 
  • Association for Psychological Science 
  • Research Society on Alcoholism

Research

My research interests focus on individual differences in responses to stress, and the risk and resilience factors related to adaptive coping and persistence in the face of negative events. I am particularly interested in vulnerabilities related to pessimistic thinking patterns and the protective role of social relationships, especially during life transitions. I also have interests in the development and testing of psychometrically sound assessment instruments used in research, and synthesizing knowledge from previous research using meta-analytic strategies

I also continue to collaborate at the University of Chicago in the Clinical Addictions Research Lab on alcohol-related risk and resilience factors, especially in underserved minority populations. The newest project under development is focused on collaborating with churches and social service agencies to better understand psychosocial and familial risk and protective factors in youth from Korean and Chinese origins.

Dr. Rueger directs the Youth Risk and Resilience Lab.

Grants

Rueger, S. Y. (2015-2016). Asian-American acculturation and health in Korean-American adolescents: A pilot study (Wheaton College Psychology Department Faculty Research Grant). Funding: $4,500.

Rueger, S. Y. (2015-2016). Asian-American acculturation and health in Korean-American parents: A pilot study (Diversity and Justice Initiative Grant, Wheaton College). Funding: $1,000.

Rueger, S. Y. (2014-2015). Coping motives for alcohol use in Asian American youth (Wheaton College Aldeen Faculty Development Grant). Funding: $3,550.

Rueger, S. Y. (2010-2013).  Alcohol Stimulation and Sedation in Binge Drinkers. Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-related Research. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA Grant #R01 AA013746-S).  Funding: $101,408 total direct costs.

Rueger, S. Y. (2013-2014). Attributional style and parental support as risk and protective factors to depression: A longitudinal follow-up into young adulthood (Wheaton College Aldeen Faculty Development Grant). Funding: $2,520.

Rueger, S. Y. (2012). Unique effects of drinking and abstention motives on alcohol use in a college population (Wheaton College Psychology Department Faculty Research Grant). Funding: $7,500.

Rueger, S. Y. (2011-2013). Attributional style and parental support as risk and protective factors to depression: A longitudinal follow-up into late adolescence (Wheaton College Psychology Department Faculty Research Grant). Funding: $7,500.

Papers Published and/or Presented

With Student Co-Authors (denoted by *)

Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

*Smith, L., *Aycock, C., *Hook, K., Chen, P., & Rueger, S. Y. (in press). Parental monitoring moderates the relation between radio exposure and adolescent substance use: Preliminary findings from a national survey. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.

Rueger, S. Y., Malecki, C. M., *Pyun, Y., *Aycock, C., & *Coyle, S. (2016). A meta-analytic review of the association between perceived social support and depression in childhood and adolescence. Psychological Bulletin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bul0000058

Rueger, S. Y., & *George, R. (2016). Indirect effects of attributional style for positive events on depressive symptoms through self-esteem in early adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0530-2.

Rueger, S. Y., Hu, H. X., McNamara, P., Cao, D. C., Hao, W., & King, A. K. (2014). Differences in subjective response to alcohol in heavy and light drinking Chinese men versus Caucasian-American men. Addiction, 110, 91-99.  doi: 10.1111/add.12737. PMID: 25203488 [PubMed - in process] PMCID: PMC4270853 [Available on 2016-01-01].

Rueger, S. Y., Chen. P., Jenkins, L. N., *Choe, H. J. (2014). Stability and change in perceived support from adults in the development of depressive symptoms during the transition to middle school. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 655-670.

Rueger, S. Y. & King, A. K. (2013). Validation of the Brief Biphasic Alcohol Effects Scale (B-BAES).  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(3), 470-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01941.x.

Rueger, S. Y., Trela, C. J., Palmeri, M., & King, A. K. (2012). A self-administered web-based Timeline Followback procedure for drinking and smoking behaviors in young adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 829-833.

Rueger, S. Y., Malecki, C. K., & Demaray, M. K. (2011). Stability of peer victimization in early adolescence: Effects of timing and duration. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 443-464.

Rueger, S. Y., & Malecki, C. K. (2011). Effects of stress, attributional style, and perceived parental support on depressive symptoms in early adolescence: A prospective analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40, 347-359.

Rueger, S. Y., Lovejoy, M. C., Katz, R., & Risser, H. J. (2011). Relationship between parental affect and parenting behavior: A meta-analytic review. Parenting: Science and Practice, 11, 1-33.

Rueger, S. Y., Haines, B. A., & Malecki, C. M. (2010). Attributional style from middle childhood to early adolescence:  Further validation of the paper and pencil versions of the Children’s Attributional Style Interview. Assessment, 17, 294-307.

 

Books and Book Chapters

Rueger, S. Y. & Van Dyke, D. (2014). Family systems approaches to treatment. In K. F. Flanagan & S. Hall (Eds.), Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology (pp. 353-386). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. 

 

Select Scientific Presentations

Rueger, S. Y. (2017, Mar). Fostering Church-Psychology Collaborations to Address the Mental Health Needs of Asian Americans. Conference speaker at the annual conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

Rueger, S. Y., Case, S., Jin, A., Mendez, P., & Steggerda, J. (2017, Mar). Reaching Faith-Based Communities with Empirically Supported Treatments for Adolescent Depression. Paper symposium submitted for presentation at the annual conference of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

*Rogers, S., *Pyun, Y. S., & Rueger, S. Y. (2016, May). Effects of friend support and friend characteristics on depression in early adolescent boys and girls. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

*George, R., *Limberger, S., *Loynachan, C., *Case, S., *Oury, H., & Rueger, S. Y. (2015, August). Attributional style for positive events, self esteem and depression in early adolescence. Poster presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CA

Rueger, S. Y., King, A. C., & *Smith, L. (2015, May). Asian American drinking motives during adolescence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

*Aycock, C., *Hook, K., *Chen, J., *Lindsey, M., *Smith, L. J., Chen, P., & Rueger, S. Y. (2014, May). Parental Monitoring Buffers the Effects of Music-Related Media Exposure on Underage Drinking. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Rueger, S. Y., *Aycock, C., *Smith, L. J., *Christiansen, E. J., *Hocking, J. E., & *Chen, J. T. (2014, May). Meta-Analysis of the Relationship between Social Support and Depression in At-Risk Youth. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association of Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

*Choe, H. J., *Lindsay, M., Hall, S. & Rueger, S. Y. (2013, August). Assessing motives to abstain and limit drinking in young adults. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

*Daniel, Q., *Meadow, M., *Rabe, K., Hall, S. & Rueger, S. Y. (2013, August). Drinking, abstaining and limiting motives in young adult drinkers. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.

*Baur, A., *Aycock, C., *Choe, H. J., *Hyun, J., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, October). Relation between Depression and Social Support from Teachers and Classmates: A Meta-Analytic Review. Poster presented at the annual Wheaton College Summer Research Conference, Wheaton, IL.

*Meadows, M. S., Rabe, K. E., *O’Neill, A., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Is internalizing distress a mediator between victimization and academic adjustment? Poster presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

*Jackson, A., *Wu, E., Richmond, A., Ph.D., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Ethnic differences in attributional style across three dimensions in early adolescents. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

*Kirby, A. E., *Choe, H. J., & Rueger, S. Y. (2012, May). Abbreviated assessment tool of learned helplessness and mastery orientation: Student Behavior Checklist-Brief (SBC-B). Poster presented at the annual conference of Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Rueger, S. Y., Chen. P., Jenkins, L. N., *Choe, H. J. (2012, May). Stability and change in perceived support from adults in the development of depressive symptoms during the transition to middle school. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

*denotes student authors

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