Yanhong Liu

Yanhong Liu
Associate Professor
Phone: 315.443.9624
Address: 440B Sims Hall
Academic Program Area Focus: Counseling and Counselor Education

Yanhong Liu joined the School of Education in Fall 2018. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Liu worked at the University of Toledo as a tenure-track assistant professor in Counselor Education. She was the School Counseling Program Coordinator as well as the Admissions Coordinator for MA and Ph.D. in Counselor Education at UT.

Dr. Liu has served several professional/leadership roles nationwide. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Counseling & Development (JCD); she has also served as an Associate Editor for The Professional Counselor (TPC) and a Member for several editorial boards of counseling and interdisciplinary journals. Dr. Liu is affiliated with national professional organizations (e.g., ACA; ACES; CSI) and regional and state divisions of the organizations. 


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • M.A., Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State University, 2011
  • B.A., Chongqing Technology and Business University, English and International Trade, 2007

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Dr. Liu's scholarly work centers around marginalized youth and their supporting systems through various research methods (quantitative; qualitative; mixed-methods).

Dr. Liu actively publishes in indexed, peer-reviewed journals and has been actively involved in grant applications, including competitive national and local grants. She is currently involved in multiple research projects, covering topics such as post-adoption adjustment; child attachment; bullying and school-based interventions; psychometric scale development; and international faculty and students' teaching and supervision preparation.


Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award

The Professional Counselor Outstanding Scholar Award


Courses Taught

  • COU 614: Group Work in Counseling 
  • COU 624: Theories of Counseling 
  • COU 678: Child-Centered Play Therapy
  • COU 729: The Counselors in the Schools
  • COU 749: Leadership & School Counseling Program Implementation
  • COU 860: Doctoral Advanced Practicum
  • COU 878: Advanced Theories
  • COU 882: Professional Issues I
  • COU 950: Doctoral Internship