Welcome to the Culture, Child, and Adolescent Development Laboratory
Members in CCADLAB are interested in: (1) the study of the interactions between individual, peer, and family factors in the social-emotional development and physical health of children, adolescents, and emerging adults; and (2) the exploration of multiple pathways in which cultural and contextual factors contribute to development. We use interdisciplinary approaches and mixed-methodologies to address our research questions. Our research focuses on families from minoritized ethnic-racial, religious, and immigrant backgrounds in the United States and across different countries. We aim to conduct “Public Impact Research” (PIR) to improve the lives of families and serve society at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
- Dr. Cheah writes about Celebrating Different Kinds of Families (Noggin)
- Bringing mental health awareness to AAPI communities (MSNBC, The Katie Phang Show)
- A look at mental health in Asian American communities (Good Morning America)
- CCADLAB presentations at SRCD 2023
- Dr. Cheah was a panelist on the Critical Conversation on “The Future of Science on Racism: A Conversation with the Experts” at the 2022 American Psychological Association Convention with Dr. NiCole Buchanan, Dr. Eleanor Seaton, and Dr. Gabriela Livas Stein, moderated by Dr. Mia Smith Bynum, PhD.
- Our publications were cited in the 2021 U.S. Surgeon General Advisory report titled “Protecting Youth Mental Health”
- Dr. Cheah co-edited a Special Section on social-emotional development in Child Development
- Dr. Cheah co-edited the first special issue on Asian Americans in the American Psychologist
- CCADLAB receives a RSF grant to examine discrimination, identity, socialization, and civic engagement among Asian American families during COVID-19
- Our research is included in AAPA’s written testimony submitted to the House Hearing on “Discrimination and Violence Against Asian Americans”
- CCADLAB receives one of the first NSF awards to examine COVID-19 related discrimination against Chinese Americans
Awards and Grants
- Huiguang Ren was awarded the SPSSI Sprint 2023 Grants-in-Aid funding for “Longitudinal and Bidirectional Approaches to Examining Racial-Ethnic Socialization Processes in Chinese American Families During the Racism Pandemic”. Congratulations Huiguang!
- Anika Aquino received the Dissertation Fellowship award from the UMBC Graduate School for the Fall 2023
- Huiguang Ren received the 2024 Dissertation Research Grant in Developmental Psychology from Division 7 of the American Psychology Association
- Dr. Cheah is honored by the University Systems of Maryland Board of Regents with the “Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Research,” the system’s highest faculty honor
- Huiguang Ren is approved to attend the 2023 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods (SIMRM)
- Hyun Su Cho receives the 2022 Russell Sage Foundation Dissertation Research Grant
- Anika Aquino is selected to participate in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mentee-Mentor Emerging Scholars Program
- Hyun Su Cho receives the Council of Korean Americans (CKA)’s 2022 Emerging Leaders Scholarship
- CCAD Lab Undergraduate Research Assistant Ada Truong received the Undergraduate Research Award (URA) for 2020-2021. “How Parental Racial-Ethnic Socialization Contributes to Civic Engagement Among Asian Americans Youth”
Getting Involved in Research