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// PROFILES       // PHOTO GALLERY
01// RESEARCH 
02// PERSONNEL
03// RESEARCH FACILITIES
04// HELPFUL LINKS
05// VISITOR INFORMATION

CHARISSA CHEAH Ph.D.  email photo
// Lab Director (410-455-1059)
Dr. Charissa Cheah obtained her B.A. in Honors Psychology (Thesis Program) from the University of Waterloo, and her Ph.D. in Human Development (Developmental Science Specialization) from the University of Maryland, College Park. After a Postdoctoral Fellowship position at Yale University, Dr. Cheah spent 3 years as an Assistant Professor in the Culture and Human Development program at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2004, she accepted a position at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Applied Developmental Program. Dr. Cheahís research includes the study of the interactions between individual, peer and family factors in the social, emotional development and health of children. She is particularly interested in the exploration of multiple pathways in which cultural factors and contexts contribute to childrenís social and emotional development through parenting.

Dr. Cheah was awarded a fellowship (2006 - 2009) by the Foundation for Child Development: Changing Faces of America's Children - Young Scholars Program (YSP).  For more information about the YSP, please visit:

http://www.fcd-us.org/ourwork/n-index.html

Dr. Cheah also received a Visiting Scientists Fellowship award by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She serves as an editorial board member of the journal Social Development and an international scientific committee member of the Italian Journal of Developmental Psychology. Dr. Cheah also serves on committees of the preeminent child development societal organizations, including the Society for Research on Child Development and International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development. Dr. Cheah has also consulted for the Nickelodeon Jr. Television series Dora the Explorer and Ni Hao Kai-lan as a Cultural Content Manager.

SHELBY JONES   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Shelby is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2012. Shelby is primarily interested in factors related to the development of health-driven beliefs and behaviors, including parental role modeling, peer relationships, and self regulation. Additional research interests include parental expectations and the role of culture on child development and parent-child relationships.

HUI JUN LIM   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Hui Jun is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Master's degree in Child Psychology from Putra University of Malaysia in 2012. Hui Jun's research interests include the role of individual, parental and cultural factors and processes in children, adolescents and emerging adults' socioemotional development.

LAURA ROSE, M.A.   photo
// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)
Laura is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Ithaca College in 2006 and her Master's degree in Mental Health Counselling from Boston College in 2008. Laura's research interests include parenting, attachment, socio-emotional development and peer relationships in early childhood. Her dissertation is an examination of adolescent mothersí cognitive readiness, attributions, and observed parenting behaviors across two settings.

YOU JUNG SEO   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

You Jung is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Bachelorís degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2009 and her Masterís degree in Psychology from Seoul National University (Republic of Korea) in 2012. You Jungís research interests include parent-child relationship, socio-emotional development of immigrant children, and acculturation among Korean-American families.

MADIHA TAHSEEN   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Madiha is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. Madiha's research interests include the influence of socio-cultural contexts on parenting, socialization practices and parent-child relationships, especially within the Muslim-American population. Madiha earned her Masterís degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012. Her thesis explored the acculturation, psychological functioning, and parenting of immigrant Chinese mothers of young children using a cluster analytic approach. Madihaís dissertation will also utilize cluster analysis to investigate identity development (collective identity) among Muslim-American adolescents.

JING YU   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Jing is a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She obtained her Master's degree in Cognitive and Social Development lab, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. Jingís research interests include the cultural similarities and differences in the effects of parenting in young children's social, emotional, and cognitive development, the influence of acculturative experience on immigrant parentsí mental health and parenting styles, the bidirectional relations between parental behaviors and child temperament (e.g., effortful control), and the validation of certain parenting and child measures in Chinese and Korean immigrant parents and their children.

ANDREW WEI YU   photo

// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Andrew is a doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He received his Master's degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. His research interests include acculturation of the immigrants, the influence of culture and contexts on child development, parent-child relations, and parenting. Andrewís dissertation research focuses on the predictors of social withdrawal and internalizing problems among floating population children in China.

NAN ZHOU   photo
// Graduate Research Assistant (410-455-5755)

Nan is a doctoral student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Zhejiang University in 2008, China. Nan's research interests include parenting, and the role of culture on socio-emotional and physical development of children. She earned her Masterís degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012. Her thesis explored the conceptualization of maternal warmth expressions and examined the role of acculturation in maternal warm and controlling behaviors using both semi-structured interviews and observations of mother-child interactions.

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// LAB DIRECTOR

Charissa S. L. Cheah, Ph.D.


// RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
// GRADUATE

Shelby Jones, B.S.

Hui Jun Lim, M.S.

Laura Rose, M.A.

You Jung Seo, M.A.

Madiha Tahseen, M.A.

Andrew W. Yu, M.S.

Jing Yu, M.S.

Nan Zhou, M.A.

// UNDERGRADUATE

We have over 40 undergraduate research assistants who contribute to the research in our lab.


// Other

Mingjun Xie, M.A. (Intern)

   
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