Skip to Main Content

Charissa Cheah, Ph.D.


Cheah Charissa

Contact Information:


Office:       Math/Psychology 330

Phone:      410.455.1059

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 404

Phone:      410.455.5757



Ph.D. – University of Maryland, College Park

Area of Study:

Children’s social and emotional development, Parenting and Culture

Research Interests:

How different aspects of culture (e.g. sociocultural 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.

Courses Taught:

Psychology and Culture (PSYC 230)

Child Development and Culture (PSYC 330)

Parenting (PSYC 421)

Cultural Aspects of Human Development (PSYC 730)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

YES: Accepting new ADP graduate students for Fall 2019.

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.

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Applied Developmental Psychology

Selected Publications (* the asterisks denote student authors mentored by Dr. Cheah):

Yu, J.*, Cheah, C. S. L., Hart, C. H., Yang, C., & Olsen, J. (in press). Longitudinal effects of maternal love withdrawal and guilt induction on Chinese American preschoolers’ bullying aggressive behavior. Development and Psychopathology.

Cheah, C. S. L., Leung, C. Y. Y.*, & Bayram Özdemir, S.* (2018). The social cognitive reasoning of Chinese Malaysian adolescents during filial dilemmas. Child Development, 89, 383-396.

Balkaya, M.*, Cheah, C. S. L., Yu, J., Hart, C. H., & Sun, S. (2018). The role of maternal encouragement of modesty and anxious withdrawal in the associations between Chinese American children’s temperamental shyness and social adjustment: a moderated mediation analysis. Social Development

Tahseen, M.*, & Cheah, C. S. L. (2018). Who Am I? The social identities of Muslim-American adolescents. American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 35(1), 31-54.

Vu., K. T. T.*, Cheah, C. S. L., Zhou, N., Leung, C. Y. Y., Li, J., & Yamamoto, Y. (2018).  The socialization areas in which European American and Chinese immigrant mothers express warmth and control.  Parenting: Science and Practice, 18, 262-280

Shen, J.*, Cheah, C. S. L., & Yu, J. (2018). Asian-American and European-American emerging adults’ perceived parenting styles and self-regulation ability. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9, 140-148

Seo, Y. J.*, & Cheah, C. S. L., & Hart, C. H.  (2017).  Korean immigrant mothers’ praise and encouragement, acculturation, and their children’s social and emotional difficulties.  Parenting: Science and Practice, 17, 143-155.

Zhou, N.*, Cheah, C. S. L., Li. Y., Liu, J., & Sun, S. (2017). The role of maternal and child characteristics in Chinese children’s dietary intake across three groups. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43, 503-512.

Cheah, C. S. L. (2016).  Charting future directions for research on Asian American child development.  [Special issue on Research on Asian American Child Development]. Child Development, 87, 1055 – 1060.