Developmental psychopathology adolescent development behavioral genetics developmental methodology prevention science
I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arts Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta in the Developmental Science area. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University and University of Quebec at Montreal. I received my Ph.D. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a M.A.S. in Applied Statistics, from the Pennsylvania State University. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Yuan Pei Honors College, Peking University.
As a lifespan researcher taking a developmental psychopathology perspective, I conduct research on the influences of family and peer processes that shape different developmental trajectories of problem behaviors using innovative quantitative methodology at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., genetic, behavioral) and time scales (e.g., days, years) in various ecological contexts (e.g., school, neighborhood, culture). My research focuses on four interrelated themes: 1) family and peer processes that shape different developmental trajectories of problem behavior using mixture modeling; 2) genetic and environmental interplay in the development of problem behavior using quantitative genetic modeling; 3) intra-individual developmental processes at a micro level using intensive longitudinal data with time series analysis; and 4) evaluation of preventative interventions using dynamical system analysis and longitudinal growth curve modeling.
I teach PSYCHO 327 (Adolescent Development), PSYCHO 421/622 (Special Topics: Developmental Behavioral Genetics), PSYCHO 423/622 (Special Topics: Developmental Psychopathology), PSYCHO 521 (Developmental Concepts and Theories), PSYCHO 523 (Developmental Methods: Statistical Application), and PSYCHO 631 (Special Topics: Introduction to Applied Mixture Modeling).
I am currently NOT accepting any new undergraduate students for honors program or independent research.
I will potentially accept graduate students starting in Fall 2022 who are interested in the socioemotional and behavioral development in adolescence.
An in-depth review and analysis of research in an area of human development. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or SCI 151, and PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 327 or PSYCO 329. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2021
An in-depth review and analysis of research in an area of developmental psychology. Prerequisites: STAT 141 or 151 or 161, and PSYCO 323 or PSYCO 327 or 329. Note: Consult with the Department for the specific topic offered each year and any additional prerequisites. [Faculty of Arts].Winter Term 2022
[Faculty of Science]Fall Term 2021
[Faculty of Arts]Winter Term 2022