My research can be broadly defined as understanding the developmental pathways towards behavioral problems and competence in childhood and adolescence. Taking a developmental psychopathology perspective, I am particularly interested in the following processes/aspects of development: a) temperament, or the constitutionally-based individual differences in emotional, motor, and attentional reactivity and regulation; b) emotion-related processing, including emotion regulation, emotionality, appraisal of and coping with stressors; c) family socialization, including parenting, parent-child and family relationship; and d) the larger socio-cultural context, including cultural values and norms. I investigate these questions in a variety of child/adolescent populations, including normative children and children at risk for maladjustment (e.g., children from divorced families, immigrant children), children of different cultural/ethnic backgrounds (e.g., European American, Chinese American, and native Chinese children). I use a variety of research designs, including cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, within-culture and cross-culture comparative studies, and naturalistic/correlational and intervention/experimental studies. A multi-method, multi-reporter approach is used to assess the core constructs in my research (e.g., temperament, parenting, mental health adjustment), including questionnaire reports by parents, teachers, children, and peers, structured interviews, behavioral observation in laboratory and naturalistic settings, and neuropsychological testing.
The Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Health Adjustment in 1st- and 2nd- Generation Chinese American Immigrant Children
Funded by Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program (http://www.fcd-us.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=447982), this 3-year longitudinal study examines the risk and protective factors for mental health adjustment and competence in a socioeconomically diverse sample of 258 first and second generation Chinese American (CA) immigrant children starting in 1st and 2nd grade. A multi-method (questionnaire, behavioral task, and neuropsychological and academic achievement test) and multi-informant (parent, teacher, and child report) methodological approach is used in assessment. This project will have implications for public policy and educational and clinical practices serving children of immigrant families. Specifically, the study can help develop instruments for identifying immigrant children at high risk for maladjustment, and provide the knowledge base for developing effective interventions for reducing maladjustment and promoting competence for children of immigrant families. This study is conducted in collaboration with Professor Alexandra Main at University of California-Merced and Professor Stephen Chen at Wellesley College.
We have completed two waves of assessments (Wave 1 in 2007-2009 and Wave 2 in 2009-2011), and are currently working on data analyses.
Bilingualism and Socio-Emotional Development in Dual Language Learners
This project seeks to understand the consequences of the bilingual experience on socio-emotional development among young children growing up in language minority homes. In the first stage of the project (a pilot study), we have recruited and assessed a group of preschool-age children (aged 4 to 5 years) from Spanish-speaking Mexican American families and Chinese-speaking Chinese American families from Head Start centers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Children’s dual language proficiency, executive functions, and socio-emotional development were assessed with a multi-methods and multi-informants battery. With the rapid growth of bilingual and language minority children in the United States, the project has the potential to inform educational and clinical practices aimed at promoting socio-emotional adjustment and academic competence in bilingual and language minority children.
This study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich at UC-Davis (http://education.ucdavis.edu/faculty-profile/yuuko-uchikoshi-tonkovich)
Socio-emotional Development and Family Socialization of Native Chinese Children
In collaboration with Professor Yun Wang at the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning (Beijing Normal University) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762348/), I have conducted a two-wave (3.8 years apart) longitudinal study to examine the emotional, social, and academic development and family socialization environment of 425 Chinese school-age children in Beijing. Questionnaire ratings (completed by parents, teachers, children, and peers) were the primary method of assessment.
Data collection for this project was completed in 2000-2004. Results of the study have been published in a number of journal articles.
Preschool Emotion Project: Teacher Socialization of Preschoolers' Emotional Competence
In collaboration with Professor Claire Hofer at Université Charles de Gaulle – Lille 3 (UCG), France, our team is conducting a cross-cultural study on teacher socialization of children's emotional competence in preschool classrooms. The study was funded by the France Berkeley Fund. The project had three aims: 1) to develop a multi-method assessment protocol to measure teachers’ emotion socialization strategies in preschool classrooms; 2) to examine the relations between teachers’ emotion socialization strategies and children’s emotional competence; and 3) to investigate cultural differences in teachers’ emotion socialization strategies between U.S. and France.
Data collection for this study was completed in 2014-2016. We are currently working on data analysis and manuscript writing.
Parental Socialization of Preschoolers' Socio-emotional Competence in Taiwanese Families
In collaboration with Professor Teresa Yin-Ping Teng at Shih Chien University in Taiwan and Professor Li Tsung-Wen Kuo at National Taitung University in Taiwan, we are conducting a study on family and parental influences on preschool-age children's socio-emotional competence (including emotion regulation, social competence, and behavioral adjustment) in urban and rural Taiwanese families.
* Denote student authors/presenters.
- Ly, J.* & Zhou, Q. (in press). Bidirectional associations between teacher-child relationship quality and Chinese American immigrant children’s behavior problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
- Main, A.*, Zhou, Q., Liew, J. C., & Sum, C.* (2016). Prosocial Tendencies among Chinese American Children in Immigrant Families: Links to Cultural and Socio-demographic Factors and Psychological Adjustment. Social Development. doi: 10.1111/sode.12182
- Chen, S. H.*, Zhou, Q., Main, A.*, & Tao, A.* (2015). Chinese American immigrant parents’ emotional expression in the family: Relations to parents’ cultural orientations and children’s regulation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 619-629,
- Chen, S. H.*, Main, A.*, Zhou, Q., Bunge, S., Lau, N.*, & Chu, K.* (2015). Effortful control and early academic achievement of Chinese American children in immigrant families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30, 45-56.
- 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 Psychology, Language Sciences, 5, 1-10.
- Chen, S. H.*, Hua, M.*, Zhou, Q., Tao, A.*, Lee, E. H.*, Ly, J.*, & Main, A.* (2014). Cultural orientations and child adjustment in Chinese American immigrant families. Developmental Psychology, 50, 189-201.
Instructor, PSY131 (undergraduate lecture) Developmental Psychopathology
Instructor, PSY205A/B (graduate lecture) Psychological Statistics and Data Analysis: Part I (Analysis of Variance), Part II (Multiple Regression)
Instructor, PSY230A (graduate seminar) Proseminar in Clinical Psychology
Instructor, PSY236 (graduate clinical practicum) Specialty Clinic: Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents
Instructor, PSY234G (graduate clinical practicum) Specialty Clinical: Cultural Adaptation of an Evidence-Based Parent Training Program for Divorced Mothers