Texas Tech University

Eugene Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, ADRS Program Director
Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

Email: Eugene.Wang@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-3787

Office: H 167D

Dr. Wang's Website

Eugene Wang, Ph.D.
Dr. Eugene Wang is an Associate Professor in The College of Human Sciences. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from East Texas State University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A&M-Commerce.  His research areas have a broad focus on individuals with emotional and behavioral disorders, assessment of risk (particularly violence risk), and strategies for reducing interpersonal violence.  He is particularly interested in implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in at-risk populations, such as incarcerated youth.


  • B.S., Psychology, East Texas State University
  • M.S., Psychology, East Texas State University
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Texas A&M-Commerce

Areas of Expertise

  • Disruptive and violent behavior:  Risk assessment and interventions
  • Statistical modeling techniques (structural equation modeling and machine learning)
  • Psychometrics, including item rsponse theory (IRT) and adaptive testing
  • Multi-tiered systems of support:  e.g., Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI)

Selected Publications

* Denotes current or former student

*Gerber, W., *Hune, N., Kimball, T., & Wang, E. W. (In Press). Tangible and intangible values of a CRP: A benefit-cost analysis. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

*Bradshaw, S., Wang, E. W., *Meeks, S. F., *Chrobach, K., *Hirsch, S., & *Goad, C. (In Press). Alcohol and drug use screening among justice-involved persons. Alcohol Treatment Quarterly.

DeLucia, P. R., Woods, A. L., Kim, J.-H., Nguyen, N., Wang, E. W., & Yang, J. (2021). Learning to become researchers: Lessons learned from a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on research in the psychological sciences with real-world implications. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 4(4), 10-22.

Sprague, J., Jolivette, K., & Boden, L. J., & Wang, E. W. (2020). Implementing Positive Behavior Supports in Juvenile Corrections Settings: Results of an evaluation study. Remedial and Special Education, 4(2), 70-79.

*Whisner, S. M., Geddie, J. M., Sechrist, D., & Wang, E. (2019). Examination of potential factors to predict fieldwork performance: A program evaluation project. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 3(1), 6. https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2019.030106

*Whisner, S. M., Wang, E. W., Sechrist, D., & Geddie, J. M. (In Press). Examination of potential factors to predict fieldwork performance: A program evaluation project. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.

*Lambert, M. C., *Johnson, L. E., & Wang, E. W. (2017). The impact of Family Team Meetings on removals: Evidence from structural equation modeling. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 89-92.

Little, T. D., Wang, E. W., & *Gorrall, B. K. (2017). The past, present, and future of developmental methodology. In N. A. Card (Ed.), Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 82(2), 122-139.

*Joung, H.-W., Choi, E.-K., & Wang, E. W. (2016). Effects of perceived quality and perceived value of campus foodservice on customer satisfaction: Moderating role of gender. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality and Tourism, 17, 1-13.

* Bradshaw, S. D., Shumway, S. T., Wang, E. W., Harris, K. S., & Smith, D. (2016). Family functioning and readiness in family recovery from addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 11(1), 21-41.

*Bradshaw, S. D., Shumway, S. T., Wang, E. W., & Harris, K. S., Smith, D. G., & Austin, H. (2015). Hope, readiness, and coping in family recovery from addiction. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 10(4), 313-336. 3

*Bradshaw, S. D., Shumway, S. T., Wang, E. W., & Harris, K. S. (2015). Addiction and the mediation of hope on craving, readiness, and coping. Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery, 9(4), 294-312.

Scheuermann, B. K., Nelson, C. M., Wang, E. W., & *Bruntmyer, T. (2015). Monitoring process and outcomes for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in residential settings: Better uses of data. Residential Treatment of Children and Youth, 32, 266-279.

* Wei, T., Barnard-Brak, L., Wang, E. W., Sadikova, A. N., & Sodikov, D. (2015). Exploring graduate students' attitudes towards team research and their scholarly productivity: A survey guided by the Theory of Planned Behavior. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, 10-17.

*Griffin, L. K., Wang, E. W., & Hart, M. A. (2014). Measuring fitness actions and dispositions toward physical activity: Validation of a self-report instrument. The Physical Educator, 71(1), 1-15.

*Johnson, L. E., Wang, E. W., Gilinsky, N., He, Z., Carpenter, J. C., Nelson, C. M., & Scheuermann, B. K. (2013). Youth outcomes following implementation of universal SWPBIS strategies in Texas secure juvenile facilities. Education and Treatment of Children, 36(3), 135-145.

Sprague, J. R., Scheuermann, B. K., Wang, E. W., Nelson, C. M., Jolivette, K., & Vincent, C. (2013). Adopting and adapting PBIS for secure juvenile justice settings: Lessons learned. Education and Treatment of Children, 36(3), 121-134.

Scheuermann, B. K., Duchaine, E. L., *Bruntmyer, D. T., Wang, E. W., Nelson, C. M., & Lopez, A. K. (2013). An exploratory survey of perceived value of coaching activities to support PBIS implementation in secure juvenile correctional facilities. Education and Treatment of Children, 36(3), 147-160.

Hamman, D., Wang, E. W., & Burley, H. (2013). What I expect and fear next year: Measuring new teachers' possible selves. Journal of Education for Teaching, 39(2), 222-234.

*Jackson, J. P., *Whisner, S. M., & Wang, E. W. (2013). A predictor model for discharge destination in inpatient rehabilitation patients. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 92(4), 343-350.

Wang, E. W., *Lambert, M. C., *Johnson, L. E., Boudreau, B., Breidenbach, R., & Baumann, D. (2012). Expediting permanent placement from foster care systems: The role of Family Group Decision-Making. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(4), 845-850.

Scheuermann, B. K., Nelson, C. M., Wang, E. W., & Turner, M. (2012). A state model for PBIS 4 in secure juvenile corrections: Planning and early intervention. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 14, 1-4.

McCrary, D., Lechtenberger, D. A., & Wang, E. W. (2012). The effect of schoolwide positive behavioral supports on children in impoverished rural community schools. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 56(1), 1-7.

*Cochran, D. B., Wang, E. W., *Stevenson, S. J., *Johnson, L. E., & Crews, C. (2011). Adolescent occupational aspirations: Test of Gottfredson's theory of circumscription and compromise. Career Development Quarterly, 59, 412-427.

Baumann, D. J., Grigsby, C., Sheets, J., Reid, G., Graham, J. C., Robinson, D., Holoubek, J., Farris, J., Jeffries, V., & Wang, E. W. (2011). Concept-guided risk assessment: Promoting prediction and understanding. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1648-1657.

*Horner, S. B., Fireman, G. D., & Wang, E. W. (2010). The relation of student behavior, peer status, race, and gender to decisions about school discipline using CHAID decision trees and regression modeling. Journal of School Psychology, 48(2), 135-161. [Co-winner of the Journal of School Psychology article of the year.]

*Dempsey, J., Fireman, G., & Wang, E. W. (2006). Transitioning out of peer victimization: Victim's level of relational aggression. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 28(4), 273-282.

Diamond, P. M., Wang, E. W., & *Buffington-Vollum, J. (2005). Factor structure of the BussPerry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ) with mentally ill male offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 32(5), 546-564.

Fireman, G., *Hutcherson, S., *Chilton, A., & Wang, E. W. (2002). Predicting school disciplinary problems: The validity of peer nomination measures. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. CG032044).

Diamond, P. M., Wang, E. W., *Smith, J. L., Holzer, C. E., III, Cruser, d. A., & Thomas, C. R. (2001). The prevalence of mental illness in prison: Review and policy implications. Administration & Policy in Mental Health, 29(1), 21-40.

Wang, E. W., Owens, R. M., *Long, S. A., Diamond, P. M., & *Smith, J. L. (2000). The effectiveness of rehabilitation for persistently violent male prisoners. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 44(4), 505-514.

Wang, E. W., & Diamond, P. M. (1999). Empirically identifying factors related to violence risk in corrections. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 17, 377-389. 5

Rogers, R., Sewell, K. W., Cruise, K. R., Wang, E. W., & Ustad, K. L. (1998). The PAI and feigning: A cautionary note on its use in forensic-correctional settings. Assessment, 5, 399-405.

Wang, E. W., Rogers, R., Giles, C. L., Diamond, P. M., Herrington-Wang, L. E., & Taylor, E. R. (1997). A pilot study of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) in corrections: Assessment of malingering, suicide risk, and aggression in male inmates. Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 15, 1-14.