Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty
I received a Provost’s Award for Promising New Faculty on May 9, 2019. This award recognizes tenure-track faculty for exemplary achievements in teaching, research, and service. It was a great honor to receive this award alongside six other talented scholars from across the university.
Emma Willis Receives Honors Medal
Emma Willis received a Jordan College Honors Medal on May 6, 2019 for her ethnographic study on how U.S. culture structures and constrains the experiences of pregnant Hispanic youth in the Central Valley. This project is just the beginning of Emma’s contributions to developmental science; beginning in Fall 2019, she will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University.
The Human Development & Culture Lab was well represented at the 40th annual Central California Research Symposium in Fresno, CA on May 1, 2019.
Current lab members Alysia, Chelsee, Jose, and Kajai presented the results of their research on perspectives of sex work among adolescents residing in variously globalized regions of northern Thailand.
Former lab member Emma Willis presented the findings of her honors project on the psychosocial experiences of once-pregnant teens. Her work points to the roles of stigma and social support in facilitating adaptive and maladaptive forms of self-reliance among pregnant youth in California’s Central Valley.
Edited NDCAD Volume
I am excited to announce that my guest edited special issue, Globalization as a Context for Youth Development, was published in New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development in March 2019.
The articles in this volume (available here) utilize cutting-edge theoretical, methodological, and analytical approaches to examine how youth adapt to, resist against, and agentically draw upon globalization to construct their developmental pathways in locally relevant ways.
Invited Talk at UCSC
I gave an invited talk, entitled Media Practices, Perspectives, and Power Negotiations Among Families in Northern Thailand, at UC Santa Cruz on March 11, 2019. This talk was part of a developmental colloquium series on technology, children, and society.
I also led a roundtable discussion for doctoral psychology students, entitled Interrogation of Self in Science: Honing Research Ideas and Identities.
Outstanding Faculty Publication Award 2019
My recently published article, Divine Self and Selves: Religious Practices and Orientations Toward Religion Among Adolescents in Globalizing Northern Thailand, received an Outstanding Faculty Publication Award. It was honored at the Reception and Exhibition of Outstanding Faculty Publications on March 8, 2019.
The article, co-authored with former HD&C lab members, was published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
Divine Self and Selves
Former HD&C lab members, Sarah Tsutsui and Seema Prakash, are published authors! Their co-authored journal article on the reshaping of adolescent orientations toward religion in rapidly changing northern Thailand has been published in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
The article is available here.
Kajai Xiong Inducted into Jordan College Honors Program
Kajai Xiong was inducted into the Jordan College Honors Program on November 26, 2018.
Kajai, who is investigating moral reasoning across contexts of globalization under my guidance, will graduate with a B.S. in Child Development in Spring 2020.
International Showcase 2018
Emma Willis, Child and Family Science honors student and HD&C lab member, and I presented two research projects at the International Showcase as part of Fresno State’s International Education Week.
Globalization and Youth Development Project Funded
My upcoming research project, Globalization and Youth Development: Past, Present, and Future Selves in Northern Thailand, has received two grants/awards:
Chancellor's Office Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award, California State University, Fresno
Data collection will take place in 2020.
HD&C Lab Awards
Two HD&C lab members received prestigious awards at the Child and Family Science Awards Ceremony on May 11, 2018:
Cristina Landeros received a Certificate of Academic Excellence for her outstanding academic performance. She was also recognized for graduating Cum Laude.
In addition to receiving a Certificate of Academic Excellence, Cassandra Stewart was honored as the department's Student Achiever (the top departmental award), as the department's Dean's Medalist Nominee, and as Jordan College Standard Bearer. She was further recognized for graduating Magna Cum Laude.
I received the inaugural Teaching Excellence Award from the Department of Child and Family Science.
What a rewarding year it has been in the lab and in the classroom!
Shifting Practices, Shifting Selves
My journal article on negotiations of local and global cultures among adolescents in northern Thailand has been published in Child Development.
The article is available here.
The Human Development & Culture Lab presented twice at the 39th annual Central California Research Symposium in Fresno, CA on April 25, 2018. Cassandra, Cristina, Emma, Joseph, and Rachel first presented Envisioned Futures and Folk Theories of Success Among Rural and Urban Thai Adolescents, followed by Media in the Family: Globalization Reshapes Lives and Relationships of Adolescent-Parent Dyads in Northern Thailand.
Their Media in the Family: Globalization Reshapes Lives and Relationships of Adolescent-Parent Dyads in Northern Thailand poster presentation received an Honorable Mention Poster Award.
The results of a Human Development & Culture Lab study on perceptions of media's influence on family relationships among urban Thai dyads were shared with the Society for Research on Adolescence community in Minneapolis on April 13, 2018.
I presented our invited paper, Technology in the Family: Media Practices, Perceptions, and Negotiations Among Adolescents and Parents in Northern Thailand, at the Globalization and Media Use Among Global Youth symposium.
Emma Willis Inducted into Jordan College Honors Program
Emma Willis was inducted into the Jordan College Honors Program on November 6, 2017.
Emma, who is investigating young women's psychosocial experiences of pregnancy in adolescence under my guidance, will graduate with a B.S. in Child Development in Spring 2019.
Emma has been involved in multiple international projects over the past several years, including in Guatemala, Haiti, and Thailand.
Outstanding Faculty Publication Award 2017
I was honored for my recently published article, Globalization and Moral Personhood: Dyadic Perspectives of the Moral Self in Rural and Urban Thai Communities, at the Reception and Exhibition of Outstanding Faculty Publications on March 3, 2017.
The article, published in the Journal of Adolescent Research, is available here.
The April 2017 Society for Research in Child Development Conference in Austin, Texas was eventful for me and the HD&C Lab!
I organized and chaired the Globalization and Selves: Adolescent Identities and Imagined Futures in a Diverse World paper symposium. As part of this symposium, I presented a paper titled (Re)constructing Moral Selves in Globalizing Northern Thailand.
I was also invited to present a paper on my qualitative approach to studying life course narratives in the Unique Approaches to Capturing Culture as Process in Human Development paper symposium. This talk, coauthored with Dr. Lene Jensen (Clark University), was titled Moral Reasoning as Cultural Process: Evangelical and Mainline Protestants' Culturally Constituted Moral Life Course Narratives.
The HD&C Lab's poster, Divine Self and Selves: Adolescent Orientations Toward Religion in Globalizing Northern Thailand, was presented twice: once as part of The Upsides and Downsides of Globalization and Remote Acculturation for the Well-Being of Youth in the Majority World poster symposium, and again as part of the Pre-Conference on Religious and Spiritual Development.
Fresno State Campus News Feature Article
My research was featured in the Fresno State Campus News on October 3, 2016. For access to the feature article, click on the accompanying image.
The HD&C Lab traveled to Nagoya, Japan to share their work at the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology Congress in August 2016.
Sarah Tsutsui and Seema Prakash presented a paper titled Perceptions of Buddhism and Buddhist Monasticism in Northern Thailand: A Dyadic, Multi-Sited Study.
I co-organized and co-chaired a paper symposium titled Youth Development in Contexts of Globalization and Cultural Change. As part of this symposium, I presented a paper titled "I Don't Think Things can be Like They are Forever": Dyadic Perceptions of Cultural Values and Change in Urban and Rural Thai Communities.
Sarah and Seema gave an invited plenary session presentation on their research in the HD&C Lab at the 37th annual Central California Research Symposium in Fresno, CA on April 20, 2016.
Their talk was titled Intergenerational and Cultural Perceptions of Buddhist Practices and Beliefs in Northern Thailand: A Dyadic, Multi-Sited Study.
Thailand 2016 Fieldwork
I returned to Thailand in summer 2016, where I conducted follow-up ethnographic fieldwork in Chiang Mai and surrounding villages.
CSU Fresno Research-in-Progress Presentation
Sarah and Seema were invited to share their HD&C Lab research-in-progress with the California State University, Fresno campus community in a talk sponsored by the Department of Child, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Their talk, Divine Self and Selves: Intergenerational Perceptions of Religion in Northern Thailand, took place on March 8, 2016.
Outstanding Faculty Publication Award 2016
I was honored for my recently published invited book chapter, Applications and Extensions of Realistic Conflict Theory: Moral Development and Conflict Prevention, at the Reception and Exhibition of Outstanding Faculty Publications on March 4, 2016.
The chapter, published in Norms, Groups, Conflict, and Social Change, is available here.
In March 2016, I traveled to Baltimore, MD to attend the Society for Research on Adolescence Conference.
I organized and chaired the Adolescent Developments in Contexts of Globalization: The Impact of Cultural Change on Individual and Family Values and Behaviors paper symposium. As part of this symposium, I presented a paper titled Globalization and the Double-Gap of Moral Values: Dyadic Perceptions of Moral Self and Society in Rural and Urban Thai Contexts.