Undergraduate researchers, Elizabeth DuPue and Judith Mildner, working with Nathan Spreng in the MRI facility in MVR.

Group Disparities in Development

This interdisciplinary program leads cutting-edge research in the study of ethnic and cultural diversity in human development. Integrating social, cognitive, and developmental theories and using multiple methods (demographic, clinical and experimental, longitudinal, observational, qualitative and quantitative), the program aims at uncovering basic underlying mechanisms that give rise to ethnic and cultural variation in developmental processes, functions, and outcomes. The program encourages study of diverse populations across and within cultures, including sexual minorities, immigrants, and underprivileged groups, and the policy implications of such scientific inquiries. Members of the program have conducted research on cultural issues in relation to academic achievement, learning disability, risky decision making, language and spatial cognition, multilingualism, emotion cognition, self and identity, autobiographical memory, environmental stress, and mental health and resilience.

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What HD is doing in this area

Diversity and Culture faculty members in Human Development are currently involved in research in the following areas:

  • cross-linguistic differences in infants’ spatial categorization
  • racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic sources of achievement gaps
  • sex differences in cognition
  • racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in representations of social situations, values, and risky decision making
  • racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in learning disabilities
  • cultural differences in risk reduction and risky decision making
  • the development of multilingualism across the life-span
  • the role of ethnic socialization and perceived discrimination in ethnic identity development
  • the environment of childhood poverty the development of self and identity in middle childhood: a study of immigrant Chinese children
  • the development of sexual and gender minorities
  • the under representation of women in science
  • intervening to help poor and minority students to reason scientifically
  • developmental mechanisms for cultural variations in self, autobiographical memory, emotion knowledge, and other aspects of social cognition

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Courses

HD2600: INTRODUCTION TO PERSONALITY

HD3300: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
HD3380: SOCIAL COGNITION AND DEVELOPMENT
HD3430: SOCIAL WORLDS OF CHILDHOOD
HD3490: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
HD3510: RACIAL AND ETHNIC IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT

HD4150: SEMINAR ON EMERGING ADULTHOOD
HD4200: LABORATORY ON RISK AND RATIONAL DECISION MAKING
HD4310: MIND, SELF AND EMOTION
HD4520: CULTURE AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HD4590: TRANSITIONS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN


HD6020: RESEARCH IN RISK AND RATIONAL DECISION MAKING
HD6350: CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
HD6330: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION SEMINAR
HD6510: INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNITY-BASED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON HEALTH DISPARITIES


DEA1500: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL RELATIONS
PAM3360: EVOLVING FAMILIES: CHALLENGES TO PUBLIC POLICY
PAM3370: RACE AND PUBLIC POLICY
PAM4470: FAMILIES AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY


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Core Faculty 

Charles Brainerd, Professor
Human Development


Marianella Casasola, Associate Professor
Human Development

Stephen Ceci, Professor
Human Development

Gary Evans, Professor, DEA/HD
Design and Environmental Analysis
Human Development


Barbara Lust
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Professor
Human Development

Anthony Ong, Associate Professor
Human Development

Valerie Reyna, Professor
Human Development

Qi Wang, Professor
Human Development

Ritch Savin-Williams, Professor
Human Development

Wendy M. Williams, Professor
Human Development


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Related Faculty

Rachel Dunifon, Associate Professor
Policy Analysis and Management

Daniel Lichter, Professor
Policy Analysis and Management


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Sponsored Talks

Robyn Fivush, Youth Development Lecture, September 2009:

Family Stories and Adolescent Identity and Well Being.

 

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