Our lab is currently pursuing three lines of investigation: (1) How the interplay of language, emotion, and self-regulation shapes the development of Asian American immigrant families; (2) How experiences of social status impact development across the lifespan; and (3) How stress and adversity impact the mental health of at-risk and ethnic minority groups

Selected Papers on Asian American Family Development

Chen, S.H. & Zhou, Q. (2019). Longitudinal relations of cultural orientation and emotional expressivity in Chinese American immigrant parents: A model of emotional development in adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 55 (5), 1111-1123.

Chen, S.H., Zhou, Q., & Uchikoshi, Y. (2018). Cross-time predictors of heritage language proficiency in immigrant children. International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, 1-17.

Chen, S.H., Main, A., Zhou, Q., Bunge, S.A., Lau, N., Chu, K. (2015). Effortful control and early academic achievement of Chinese American children in immigrant families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly30, 45-56.

Chen, S. H., Zhou, Q., Main, A., & Lee, E. H. (2015). Chinese American immigrant parents’ emotional expression in the family: Relations with parents’ cultural orientations and children’s emotion-related regulation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology21(4),619.

Chen, S.H., Hua, M., Zhou, Q., Tao, A., Lee, E.H., Ly, J., & Main, A. (2014). Parent-child cultural orientations and child adjustment in Chinese American immigrant families. Developmental Psychology50(1), 189-201. 

Chen, S.H., Zhou, Q., Uchikoshi, Y., & Bunge, S. (2014). Variations on the bilingual advantage? Links of Chinese and English proficiency to Chinese American children’s self-regulation. Frontiers in Psychology5, 1069.

Chen, S.H., Kennedy, M., & Zhou, Q. (2012). Parents’ expression and discussion of emotion in the multilingual family: Does language matter? Perspectives in Psychological Science, 7 (4), 365-383.

Selected Papers on Social Status and Development

Chen, S.H., Zhang, E.*, Liu, C.H., & Wang, L.K. (2020). Depressive symptoms in Chinese immigrant mothers: Relations with perceptions of social status and interpersonal support. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000343.

Chen, S.H., Gleason, T.R., Wang, M.*., Liu, C.H., & Wang, L. (2019). Subjective social status in immigrant children: Bias and associations with well-being. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 10 (4), 362-372.

Chen, S.H. & Zhou, Q. (2019). Cultural values, social status, and immigrant parents’ emotional expressivity. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 50 (3) 381-395. 

Selected papers on Culture, Stress, and Mental Health

Chen, S.H., Cohodes, E., Bush, N.R., & Lieberman, A.F. (2020). Child and caregiver executive function in trauma-exposed families: Relations with children's cognitive and behavioral functioning. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Chaudhry, T. & Chen, S.H. (2019). Mental illness stigma in South Asian individuals: Associations with cultural values and parent mental illness explanations. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. 

 Chen, S.H., Epel, E.S., Mellon, S.H., Lin, J., Reus, V.I., Rosser, R., Kupferman, E., Burke, H., Mahan, L., Blackburn, E.H., & Wolkowitz, O.M. (2014). Adverse childhood experiences and leukocyte telomere maintenance in depressed and healthy adults. Journal of Affective Disorders, 169, 86-90.

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