Ph.D. (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), M.A. (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), M.Ed. (Beijing Normal Univ.), B.Ed. (Shandong Normal Univ.)
The key question guiding my research is that of how to facilitate children's adjustment during adolescence, a time when children often face heightened academic and emotional challenges. My work aims to understand how environmental factors (e.g., culture, parents, and peers) and child characteristics (e.g., their self-construct) may shape children's academic and emotional adjustment during this stage. Currently, I am examining cultural influences on children's relationships with their parents. A key endeavor has been to understand the trajectories of such relationships as children progress through adolescence, with attention to the implications for their academic and emotional adjustment.