Liying Wang

Liying Wang, MS

Clinical Extern

Clinical Expertise

Liying Wang is a clinical extern at the Youth and Family Institute where she provides supervised direct patient care in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) services. Liying brings to the table an expansive academic and practical experience in a range of evidence-based treatments—including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Specializing in treating a broad range of mental health issues including:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Emotion Regulation Difficulties
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Suicide Risk Assessment and Management

Liying’s current clinical work at UCLA focuses on a multidisciplinary, collaborative care approach to psychosocial treatment in the context of medical illnesses and the treatment of anxiety-related disorders.


Peking University, BS

University of Edinburgh, MSc in Psychology of Mental Health

University of Washington, MSc & Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Expected Graduation: June 2024)

Liying is currently a sixth-year doctoral candidate at UW and a doctoral intern at UCLA.


Liying's research in mental health stands at the unique crossroads of clinical science, community engagement, technology, and a global perspective. Concentrating on marginalized and minoritized groups, such as those living with HIV and the LGBTQ+ community in China, Vietnam, and Kenya, she aims to mitigate health disparities through a community-based participatory approach. By marrying her clinical training in evidence-based treatments like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with translational behavioral research, her focus is on developing contextually appropriate, acceptable, and feasible interventions. Leveraging the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST) framework, her future work aims to create scalable interventions using social media platforms and generative AI tools. This aligns with her vision of a globally inclusive, innovative, and impactful mental health landscape that promotes equity and accessibility.


Liying has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Advanced Topics in Clinical and Counseling Psychology courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, offering academic guidance and supervisory support to graduate students.

General Approach

Liying Wang's therapeutic approach integrates elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness practices. This blend is enriched by her values rooted in Eastern philosophies, for example, walking the middle path, balance and flow. This combination aids in creating a therapeutic environment that is both accepting and motivating change.

Her practice is guided by three key strategies:

  1. Tailored evidence-based treatments: Liying employs a person-centered approach, adapting evidence-based treatments to clients' unique needs and life contexts. This ensures that therapeutic interventions are not only clinically effective but also personally relevant.
  2. Acceptance-Based Strategies: Liying uses acceptance and validation techniques to dismantle resistance to change, allowing for transformative conversations and values-consistent changes in behaviors.
  3. Mindfulness: Liying incorporates mindfulness techniques to help clients achieve emotional equilibrium and cognitive clarity, supporting sustained behavioral change.

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