Scholarly Journals--Accepted

  • Brennan-Wydra E, Chung HW, Angoff N, ChenFeng J, Phillips A, Schreiber J, Young C, Wilkins K. Maladaptive Perfectionism, Impostor Phenomenon, and Suicidal Ideation Among Medical Students. Acad Psychiatry. 2021 Aug 4. doi: 10.1007/s40596-021-01503-1. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34350548. Objective Suicide is a leading cause of death for young adults, and medical students experience elevated rates of suicide and suicidal ideation. The present study uses mediation analysis to explore relationships between suicidal ideation and two dysfunc- tional mindsets common among medical students: maladaptive perfectionism, high standards accompanied by excessive self- criticism, and impostor phenomenon, pervasive feelings of inadequacy despite evidence of competence and success. Methods Two hundred and twenty-six medical students at a single institution completed an online survey which assessed maladaptive perfectionism, impostor phenomenon, and suicidal ideation. After calculating measures of association between all study variables, linear regression was conducted to establish the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and suicidal ideation. To evaluate whether impostor phenomenon mediated the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and suicidal ideation as hypothesized, a series of regression models were constructed and the regression coefficients were examined. The statistical significance of the indirect effect, representing the mediated relationship, was tested using bootstrapping. Results Significant positive associations between maladaptive perfectionism, impostor phenomenon, and suicidal ideation were observed. Impostor phenomenon score was found to mediate the relationship between maladaptive perfectionism and suicidal ideation.Conclusions Medical students who exhibit maladaptive perfectionism are at increased risk for feelings of impostor phenomenon, which translates into increased risk for suicide. These results suggest that an intervention targeted at reducing feelings of impostor phenomenon among maladaptive perfectionists may be effective in reducing their higher risk for suicide. However, interventions promoting individual resilience are not sufficient; systemic change is needed to address medicine’s “culture of perfection.” (06/2021)

Books and Chapters

  • Stone, D., & ChenFeng, J.(2019).  Finding your voice as a beginning marriage and family therapist.  New York, NY: Routledge. (07/2019)
  • Knudson-Martin, C., ChenFeng, J., Galick, A., Lobo, E., Samman, S. K., & Williams, K. (2018). Transforming gender discourse in couple therapy: Researching intersections of societal discourse, emotion, and interaction.  In T. Strong and O. Sutherland (Eds.).  Discursive therapies/Discursive research. Palgrave Macmillan (08/2018)
  • ChenFeng J. (2017).  Chinese American Christians In K. Quek & S. Fang (Eds.) Asian American Families. New York, NY: Springer. (04/2017)
  • ChenFeng J., Castronova, M. & Zimmerman, T. (2016).  Safety and social justice in the supervisory relationship.  In R. Allan & S. Poulsen (Eds.) Cultural Safety in Supervision and Training. New York, NY: Springer. (06/2016)
  • Kim, L., Wilson, E.E., ChenFeng J., Knudson-Martin, C. (2016).  Towards safe and equitable relationships: Sociocultural emotional attunement in supervision.  In R. Allan & S. Poulsen (Eds.) Cultural Safety in Supervision and Training. New York, NY: Springer. (06/2016)
  • ChenFeng J. (2016).  Asian American families InJ. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling.  Thousand Oaks, CA:SAGE Publications. (04/2016)
  • ChenFeng J. (2016).  From invisibility to embrace In K.V. Hardy & T. Bobes (Eds.) Culturally Sensitive Supervision and Training: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications.  New York, NY: Routledge. (04/2016)
  • Zimmerman, T., Castronova, M., & ChenFeng J. (2015).  Diversity and social justice in supervision InK. Jordan (Ed.) Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Supervision. New York, NY: Springer. (04/2015)
  • ChenFeng J. & Galick, A. (2015).  How gender discourses hijack couple therapy – and how to avoid it InC. Knudson-Martin, M.E. Wells, & S.K. Samman (Eds.) Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy: Bridging Emotion, Societal Context, and Couple Interaction.  New York, NY: Springer. (04/2015)

Scholarly Journals--Published

  • ChenFeng, J., Gweon, M., & Kim, R. (2018).  Navigating personal triggers when we sit with “the other”: lessons from Asian American family therapists. ChristianityNext. (01/2018)
  • Gehart, D.R., & ChenFeng, J. (2017). Couple and family therapy. Scientific America Psychiatry. (09/2017)
  • ChenFeng, J., Kim, L., Wu, Y., & Knudson-Martin, C. (2016).  Addressing culture, gender, and power with Asian American couples: Application of socio-emotional relationship therapy. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12251 (08/2016)
  • ChenFeng, J.,Knudson-Martin, C., & Nelson, T. (2015).  Intergenerational tension, connectedness and separateness in the lived experience of first and second generation Chinese American Christians.  Contemporary Family Therapy. doi: 10.1007/s10591-015-9335-9 (06/2015)
  • Pandit, M., ChenFeng J., Kang, Y.K., Knudson-Martin, C., & Huenergardt, D. (2014).  Practicing socio-cultural attunement: A study of couple therapists.  Contemporary Family Therapy, 36, 518-528 (11/2014)