Hsiao-Wen investigates ways that individuals maintain self-continuity and foster personal growth as they age, particularly in the face of life transitions and difficulties. Her research aims to better understand the sociocultural, cognitive, and affective mechanisms that underlie positive adult development. This work lays a foundation for evidence-based interventions that promote aging well. She considers that integrating one’s past, present, and future self is fundamental to the continuity and growth necessary for adult well-being. Her work thus focuses on mental time travel: thinking about one’s personal past and future. She pursues three lines of research: (1) autobiographical memory as a resource for continued self-development, (2) future time perspective in relation to goal pursuit, and (3) sociocultural contexts that shape the self.
She conducts cross-sectional and longitudinal studies including experimental designs, correlational research using standard questionnaires, and structured interviews to collect narrative data. She adopts content analytic techniques and advanced statistics (e.g., SEM) to analyze qualitative and quantitative data. Hsiao-Wen received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Developmental Area) 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.