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Charissa Cheah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cheah Charissa

Contact Information:


Office:       Math/Psychology 330

Phone:      410.455.1059

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 404

Phone:      410.455.5757

Website:   Culture, Child and Adolescent Development Lab

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Accepting new graduate students for Fall 2015.

Graduate students are provided ample opportunities to contribute to research design on various projects, obtain experience with quantitative and qualitative methodologies, collaborate and lead on publications, network and participate in cross-cultural/international research projects.

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES  Undergraduate opportunities available.

Undergraduate research assistants can obtain experiences in data collection (interviewing parents and children, questionnaire assessments, observations of behaviors), data entry and management, library research, involvement in conference presentations and publications, and conducting independent research projects.


Ph.D. – University of Maryland, College Park

Area of Study:

Children’s social and emotional development, Parenting and Culture

Courses Taught:

Psychology and Culture (PSYC 230)

Child Development and Culture (PSYC 330)

Parenting (PSYC 421)

Cultural Aspects of Human Development (PSYC 730)

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Applied Developmental Psychology

Leadership roles in the Department/College/University:

Research Interests:

How different aspects of culture (e.g. socio-cultural context, beliefs and values, majority versus minority status, immigration experiences) impact socialization processes and child and adolescent development.  More specifically, to understand: (1) the interactions between child individual characteristics (e.g. temperamental dispositions) and parenting in predicting children’s social, emotional, and physical health development; and (2) parenting cognitions and behaviors and their associations with child and adolescent adjustment within and across different cultural contexts.

Selected Publications:

Cheah, C. S. L., Leung, C. Y. Y.*, & Zhou, N.* (2013). Understanding “tiger parenting” through the perceptions of Chinese immigrant mothers: Can Chinese and U.S. parenting coexist? Asian American Journal of Psychology, 4(1), 30-40. doi:10.1037/a0031217

Cheah, C. S. L., Bayram Özdemir, S.,* & Leung, C. Y. Y.* (2012).  Predicting the filial behaviors of Chinese Malaysian adolescents from indebtedness, filial emotions, and parent-child relationship quality. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 628-637.

Cheah, C.S.L., & Van Hook, J. (2012). Chinese and Korean immigrants’ early life deprivation: An important factor for child feeding practices and children’s body weight in the United States. Social Science and Medicine, 74, 744-752.

Cheah, C. S. L., Leung, C. Y. Y.,* Tahseen, M.,* & Schultz, D. (2009).  Authoritative parenting among immigrant Chinese mothers of preschoolers.  Journal of Family Psychology: Special Issue on Immigration, 34, 311-320.

Cheah, C. S. L. & Park, S. Y.  (2006). South Korean mothers’ beliefs regarding aggression and social withdrawal.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21, 61 – 75.