Qing Zhou

Qing Zhou
2121 Berkeley Way, Room 3408
Ph.D., Arizona State University
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The roles of culture, contexts, and temperament in socio-emotional/mental health, academic, executive function, and language development from childhood to young adulthood, with a particular focus on children/youth of immigrant families. ****Please note that Professor Zhou will only be accepting new graduate student in Developmental Science Area for 2023-2024 admission cycle. 
  • whatshotResearch Description

    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/norms and immigration/migration. I investigate these questions in a variety of child/adolescent populations, including typically-developing children and children with socio-cultural risks for maladjustment (e.g., children in low-income immigrant families), children of different cultural/ethnic backgrounds (e.g., Chinese American, Mexican 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.

    Current Projects

    Bilingualism and Socio-emotional Development in Dual Language Learners

    This research 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 this research, we have conducted a pilot study with 90 children (aged 3 to 5 years) and their parents 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. We are currently working on data analyses and manuscript writing.

    During the second stage, we have received a five-year grant from NICHD (R01HD091154) to conduct a large longitudinal study of dual language learners from low-income Spanish-speaking and Cantonese-speaking families in the Bay Area. We will follow 400 children (initially 3-4 years of age) and their families annually for three years (T1 and T2 in preschool, T3 in kindergarten to early elementary school grades). Three waves of multi-method and multi-context data on children’s English and heritage language proficiency, executive functions, socioemotional development, and quality of parent-child and teacher-child relationships will be collected from children's schools and homes. The data will allow us to examine the reciprocal relations between children's bilingual and socioemotional development, and the mediation and moderation mechanisms. This research will have implications for early childhood education policy, assessment, curriculum development, teacher training, and family engagement practices on dual language learners.

    This study is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich at UC-Davis (http://education.ucdavis.edu/faculty-profile/yuuko-uchikoshi-tonkovich) and Dr. Silvia Bunge at UC-Berkeley (http://psychology.berkeley.edu/people/silvia-bunge).  

    The Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Health Adjustment in 1st- and 2nd- Generation Chinese American Immigrant Children

    Initially funded by Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program (http://www.fcd-us.org/programs/programs_show.htm?doc_id=447982), this on-going longitudinal study aims to examine the childhood 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 three waves of assessments (Wave 1 in 2007-2009, Wave 2 in 2009-2011, and Wave 3 in 2017-2018) and have published a number of papers from this study. 

    Grandparent Involvement in Childrearing in Chinese American Immigrant Families

    Initially funded by Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Women in Science Research Grant (UC-Berkeley), the project aims to understand the characteristics of grandparent involvement in childrearing in Chinese American immigrant families with preschool-aged children. This multi-methods study will further examine the consequences of grandparent involvement in childrearing on children’s biological stress responses, behavioral adjustment, and executive functions. 


  • placeSelected Publications

    * Denote student authors/presenters.

    Chan, M.*, Williams, A. I.*, Teng, Y-P T., & Zhou, Q. (2022). Parent-child emotion talk and preschoolers’ socioemotional adjustment in Chinese American and Taiwanese families. Early Education and Development. DOI: 10.1080/10409289.2022.2048347

    Haft, S.*, Zhou, Q., Stephens, M., & Alkon, A. (2021). Culture and stress biology in immigrant youth from the prenatal period to adolescence: A systematic review. Developmental Psychobiology, 63, 391-408. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.22009  

    Curtis, K.*, Zhou, Q., Tao, A. (2020). Emotion talk in Chinese American immigrant families and longitudinal links to children’s socioemotional competence. Developmental Psychology, 56 (3), 475-488.

    Williams, A. I.*, Srinivasan, M., Liu, C.*, Lee, P.*, Zhou, Q. (2020). Why do bilinguals code-switch when emotional? Insights from immigrant parent-child interactions. Emotion, 20(5), 830-841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000568

    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.

  • filter_dramaTeaching

    Instructor, PSY131 (undergraduate lecture) Developmental Psychopathology

    Instructor, PSY171 (undergraduate lecture) Psychological Research on Children of Immigrant Families

    Instructor, PSY230C (graduate seminar) Proseminar in Clinical Psychology: Culture, Context, and Diversity in Clinical Science