Contact Information

Associate Professor
University of Houston
Department of Educational Psychology

491 Farish Hall
Houston, TX 77204-5029
United States of America

Office (713) 743-5031
Office (713) 743-4996

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2011


Margit Wiesner, Ph.D.

Margit Wiesner, Dr. phil.


Diplom in Psychology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
Dr. phil. in Developmental Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Research Statement

Dr. Margit Wiesner has been co-investigator on various grants from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the German National Science Foundation which supported longitudinal research on substance use, delinquency, and other health-risking behaviors among adolescents and young adults. She was principal investigator of a recent pilot study on “Latino Youth and the Future (LYF): A Study of Health-Risking Behaviors” in Texas which was jointly conducted with OSLC scientists (primarily Dr. Deborah Capaldi and Dr. Hyoun Kim) and co-funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She also directs various smaller studies on adolescent victimization and violence exposure in public high schools in the Greater Houston area. Her primary research interests include modeling of developmental pathways of problem behavior (especially juvenile offending behavior, but also depressive symptoms, substance use, and other health-risking behaviors) and associated risk factors and outcomes. Other interests include early adult career pathways, psychosocial transitions during adolescence and young adulthood, and development of adolescents in times of social change.

About Me

Early on in my academic training, I was very fortunate to encounter several great mentors (including the late Dr. Margret M. Baltes) who were internationally renowned for their research programs and exhibited extremely high levels of intellectual curiosity and professional integrity over the course of their academic careers. All of them were basic scientists striving to generate scientific knowledge that would help with resolving some of the problems and challenges encountered by today’s youths or retirees. I became involved in several of their research projects and these experiences in various German and American research units set the foundations and shaped my professional identity as a research scientist.

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Recent Publications

Arbona, C., Olvera, N., Rodriguez, N., Hagan, J., Linares, A., & Wiesner, M. (2010). Acculturative stress among documented and undocumented Latino immigrants in the United States. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(3), 362-384.

Späth, M., Weichold, K., Silbereisen, R.K., & Wiesner, M. (2010). Examining the Differential Effectiveness of a Life-Skills Program (IPSY) on Alcohol Use Trajectories in Early Adolescence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 334-348.

Wiesner, M., Capaldi, D.M., & Kim, H.K. (2010). Arrests, Recent Life Circumstances, and Recurrent Job Loss for At-Risk Young Men: An Event-History Analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 344-354.

Wiesner, M., Chen, V., Windle, M., Elliott, M.N., Grunbaum, J.A., Kanouse, D.E., & Schuster, M.A. (2010). Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Brief Symptom Inventory-18 in Women: A MACS Approach to Testing for Invariance across Racial/Ethnic Groups. Psychological Assessment, 22, 912-922.

Wiesner, M., Kim, H.K., & Capaldi, D.M. (2010). History of juvenile arrests and vocational career outcomes for at-risk young men. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 47(1), 91-117.