Human Development & Culture Lab
Current lab members include: Cassandra Stewart, Cristina Landeros, Emma Willis, Joseph Rooney, and Rachel Castellón. Students in my lab have two ongoing research projects: (1) an investigation of perceptions of media's influence on family relationships among urban-dwelling Thai adolescents and parents, and (2) an investigation of folk theories of success among rural and urban adolescents in northern Thailand.
We presented the results of the first project at the Society for Research on Adolescence conference in April 2018. Cassandra, Cristina, Emma, Joseph, and Rachel also presented the results of both projects at the Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) in April 2018. Their first co-authored manuscript is currently under revise-and-resubmit.
Sarah Tsutsui and Seema Prakash were members of the HD&C lab for two years. During that time, they examined the religious practices and orientations toward religion among adolescents residing in variously globalized northern Thai communities. They have presented the results of this research at local, national, and international levels, and have published a co-authored manuscript on this study in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
Sarah (who graduated Summa Cum Laude) is now pursuing her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Teacher Residency at CSU Fresno. She is eager to enhance the lives of youth in the Central Valley.
Seema (who graduated Magna Cum Laude) is now pursuing Dental School. She looks forward to drawing from her expertise of child and adolescent development as a dentist working with youth.