Recall-Faculty and Professor Emerita of Psychological Science
Ph.D. Harvard University
4546 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
developmental psychology, social and cultural influences on adolescent and young adult development, family relationships and consequences throughout the lifespan
I am a developmental psychologist with clinical training, a social psychological orientation, and an interest in the social and cultural factors that shape development and behavior. I could be described as an interdisciplinary psychologist! I conduct research mainly with my long-term colleague, Professor Chuansheng Chen, and several current and former graduate students, on topics related to adolescence and young adulthood. For example, I am interested in examining the family and peer experiences that are related to adolescent depression and problem behavior in various countries, cultures, and ethnic groups; the changing nature of parent-child relationships during the young adult years and the impact of these relationships on young adult outcomes; and family relationships that are conducive to the well-being of young adults and their parents in the parents’ middle adult years. I recently began a collaborative, cross-cultural study of college students that focuses on the relations among personality, friendship quality, and positive aspects of development, including feelings of mastery or competence, self-acceptance, and life satisfaction.
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