Hsiao-Wen’s research aims to better understand the affective, cognitive, and sociocultural factors that shape meaningful lives. Specifically, her work focuses on autobiographical memory processes that individuals use to make sense of life transitions and difficulties across the life span in diverse contexts. Her work investigates (1) emotional memories, meaning-making and adult well-being, (2) developmental changes in motivation and its relation to autobiographical remembering, and (3) sociocultural factors that shape the remembering. Her most recent research explores potential cognitive costs associated with the pursuit of meaning in diverse aging groups.
Hsiao-Wen received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida and dual master’s degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). She received a B.Ed. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from NTNU.