Alison Wong, PhD

Graduate Student, Human Development & Family Studies (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests primarily focus on couples and families coping with cancer. Other interests include client engagement in therapy, particularly clients’ expectations about therapy. My current research project that I hope to accomplish with InCHIP is my dissertation study, which is an exploratory study examining attribution, communication patterns, and couple satisfaction among couples coping with cancer. My previous and other research investigating cancer among families includes: InHealth funded study examining the effects of prostate cancer on men’s return to work; the effects of erectile dysfunction on couples coping with prostate cancer; the effects of colorectal cancer on the family; and a focus group study examining social support in cancer survivors and their caregivers.


BS, University of California Berkeley, 2007 (Psychology)
MS, University of Connecticut, 2010 (Human Development and Family Studies)
PhD, University of Connecticut, 2013 (Human Development and Family Studies)

Featured Publications

Tambling, R.B., Wong, A.G., & Anderson, S.R. (In Press). Expectations about couple therapy. American Journal of Family Therapy.

Wong, A.G., Ki, P., Brown, E., & Maharaj, A. (Manuscript in preparation). Perceptions of social support of cancer survivors and their caregivers.

Wong, A.G, Tambling, R.B., & Anderson, S.R. (In Press). Treatment duration and termination status among clients in a university-based counseling center. The Family Journal.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Human Development and Family Studies
348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058
(Family Studies Building, FSB)
Storrs, CT 06269-1058