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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 2018.

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:

Cheah, C. S. L., Leung, C. Y. Y., & Bayram Özdemir, S. (2017). The social cognitive reasoning of Chinese Malaysian adolescents during filial dilemmas. Child Development. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12725

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. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12580

Cheah, C. S. L., Yu, J., Hart, C. H., Bayram Özdemir, S., Sun, S., Zhou, N., Sunohara, M., & Olsen, J. A. (2016).  Parenting hassles mediate predictors of Chinese and Korean immigrants’ psychologically controlling parenting. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 47, 13-22.  DOI: 10.1016/j.appdev.2016.09.005

Cheah, C. S. L., Li, J., Zhou, N., Yamamoto, Y., & Leung, C. Y. Y. (2015). Understanding Chinese immigrant and European American mothers’ expressions of warmth. Developmental Psychology, 51, 1802-1811. DOI: 10.1037/a0039855