• Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 2014
  • Master of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 2003

As a methodologist, Peiwei Li's research agenda focuses on applying and developing critical qualitative methodology inspired by critical and feminist theories. She is particularly intrigued by the development of self and identity, and the catalyzing nature of knowledge towards consciousness raising and liberation. As a counseling psychologist, she is passionate about culture, diversity, and social justice, especially at the intersection of race, gender, and class. She is also interested in the influence of Eastern spiritual traditions, such as Zen Buddhism on psychotherapy and the application of mindfulness. 

Courses Taught

  • Research Methods
  • Research Practicum
  • Social Psychology
  • Counseling Practicum
  • System and History of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Self- and identity-development
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Critical and feminist theories and applications
  • Critical qualitative methodology
  • Research ethics

Certifications and Memberships

  • APA Division 5 and 17

Selected Works

Publications

  • Li, P., Ross, K., Zhao, P., & Dennis, B. (2017). Critical action research: How do graduate students in an introductory research class conceptualize “research”? In SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Zhao, P., Li, P.; Ross, K. & Dennis, B. (2016). Methodological Tool or Methodology? Beyond Instrumentality and Efficiency with Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung /Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(2), Art. 16, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1602160.
  • Ross, K., Dennis, B., Zhao, P., & Li, P. (In press). Exploring Graduate Students’ Understanding of Research: Links Between Identity, Validity, and Research Conceptions. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
  • Stockton, R., Tebatso, P., Voils-Levenda, A., Robbins, M., Li, P., Zaitsoff, D. (2015). Counselors’ Perceptions of HIV/AIDS Counseling in Botswana: Professional Identity, Practice, and Training Issues. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. doi: 10.1007/s10447-014-9233-0.
  • Li, P. (2015). Culture, Diversity, and Social Justice: Mental Health Perspectives on Trauma, Stigma, Helping-seeking, and Cross-cultural Understanding. Chaired symposium presented at Diversity Challenge Conference, October 23-24, Boston, MA.
  • Zhao, P., Li, P., Dennis, B., & Ross, K. (2014). Methodological Reflections on Using Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDA) in Collaborative Qualitative Projects. Paper presentation at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 21-24, Urbana Champaign.
  • Su, Y., Li, P., & Zhao, P. (2014). Evidence and Social System: A functional analysis of the “evidence-based practice” in counseling using Habermas’s Theory of Communicative Action. Paper presentation at the 10th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 21-24, Urbana Champaign.
  • Ross, K., Zhao, P., Li, P., & Dennis, B. (2014). Exploring Students’ Conceptions of Research and Inquiry. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting, April 3-7, Philadelphia.
  • Li, P. (2014). Self development toward freedom: Understanding self, identity, spirituality, and emancipatory interest. (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Zhao, P., Li, P., Ross, K., Dennis, B. (2013) The Intersubjective Feature of Reflective Teaching in Research Methodology Classes: Findings from an Action Research. Paper presented at the 25th Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference, June 7-8, Dayton.
  • Li, P., Wong, Y. J., & Toth, P. (2012). Asian international students’ willingness to seek counseling: A mixed-methods study. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 35, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10447-012-9163-7
  • Wong, Y. J., Uhm, S. Y., & Li, P. (2012). Asian Americans’ family cohesion and suicide ideation: Moderating and mediating effects. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 309-318. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01170.x
  • Whiston, S., & Li, P. (2011). Meta-analysis: A method to consider for reviewing counseling research. Journal of Counseling and Development, 89, 273-281.
  • Wong, Y. J., Ho, R. M., Li, P., Shin, M., & Tsai, P.-C. (2011). Chinese Singaporeans' lay beliefs, adherence to Asian values, and subjective well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 822-827. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2011.01.003

Presentations

Li, P. (2016). At the Junction of Epistemological Concerns, Research Ethics, and Validity: Opening up a Dialogue and Meta-reflection. In Fine, M. (Chair) Impasses, Passageways, and Ethical Contradictions: The APA Ethics Code and Critical Qualitative Inquiry. Symposium presented at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) Annual Conference. May 16-17, Mahwah, NJ.

R. Ramirez, D., & Li, P. (2016). When Culture, Race and Gender Collide: A Critical Narrative Inquiry of “Intercultural” Romantic Relationships. Paper presented at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) Annual Conference. May 16-17, Mahwah, NJ.

Li, P. (2015). Culture, Diversity, and Social Justice: Mental Health Perspectives on Trauma, Stigma, Helping-seeking, and Cross-cultural Understanding. Chaired symposium presented at Diversity Challenge Conference, October 23-24, Boston, MA.

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

  • Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-presented “At the junction of epistemological concerns, research ethics, and validity: Opening up a dialogue and meta-reflection” at the “Impasses, passageways, and ethical contradictions: The APA ethics code and critical qualitative inquiry” symposium, held at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.
  • Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and Daniel R. Ramirez, doctor of psychology student, presented “When culture, race and gender collide: A critical narrative inquiry of ‘intercultural’ romantic relationships” at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.
  • Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and Yunjin Lee, doctor of psychology student, presented “The complexity of racism and white privilege: A critical analysis of the double-edged experience of East Asian international students” at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology annual conference in Ramapo, N.J., in May 2016.
  • Peiwei Li, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored “Critical action research: How do graduate students in an introductory research class conceptualize ‘research’?” in SAGE Research Methods Cases in January 2017. She also co-authored “Exploring graduate students’ understanding of research: Links between identity, validity, and research conceptions” in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in March 2017. Li also co-published “Methodological tool or methodology? Beyond instrumentality and efficiency with qualitative data analysis software” in Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research in April 2016.

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