Dr. Sophia Hwang

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Email:      sophiahw@umbc.edu

Office:      Math/Psychology 304

Phone:      410.455.2370

Lab:          Sondheim 412



Ph.D. – Applied Psychology, New York University, 2021

Office Hours:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Area of Study:

Community Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Hwang’s research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, education, and human development. She conducts community-based research that aims to improve: (1) academic, social, and emotional outcomes especially for Black and Latine youth and English learners, (2) learning contexts, and (3) educator professional development. Dr. Hwang leverages quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine supportive relationships, systems change, and improvement efforts in schools.

Courses Taught:

Primary Prevention (PSYC 636)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

Yes: Accepting new HSP graduate students for Fall 2023

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

Yes: Limited research opportunities available. Interested students should contact Dr. Hwang directly via email.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology

Selected Publications:

Hwang, S. H. J., Cappella, E., Kieffer, M. J., & Yates, M. (2021). “Let’s hang out!”: Understanding social ties among linguistically diverse youth in urban afterschool programs. Social Development, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12531

Hwang, S. H. J., Watford, J. A., Cappella, E., Mui, S., Nix, J., & Yates, M. (2020). Fostering positive youth and staff development: Understanding the roles and experiences of the afterschool workforce. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(8), 2457-2473. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22425

Hwang, S. H. J., & Cappella, E. (2018). Rethinking early elementary grade retention: Examining long-term academic and psychosocial outcomes. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 11(4), 559-587. https://doi.org/10.1080/19345747.2018.1496500

Cappella, E. & Hwang, S. H. J. (2015). Peer contexts in schools: Avenues toward behavioral health in early adolescence. Behavioral Medicine, 41(3), 80-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/08964289.2015.1034646