Cecilia Cheung 

Dr. Cheung is Assistant Professor of Psychology at UCR. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the role of the social environment (e.g., parents, teachers, peers) in children’s academic and emotional adjustment. She also has a special interest in understanding children's development across cultures. 

Dr. Cheung is a recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development Early Career Research Contributions Award, a Distinguished Research Award in Human Development by the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association Early Career Outstanding Paper Award in Developmental Psychology, and the AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellowship. A large portion of her leisure time is spent on tennis, guitar, movies, and novels. 

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Graduate Students

Danielle Delany

Danielle is a fourth year graduate student in Developmental Psychology. She obtained her BA and MA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Her research interests focus on how culture, personal relationships (parents, teachers, peers), and non-cognitive skills influence children’s academic achievement, motivation, and well being.

Yena Kyeong

Yena is a third year student in Developmental Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology and English Education and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Ewha Women's University in South Korea. She is interested in how parenting in various cultural contexts influences children's academic achievement and emotional adjustment. She enjoys cooking and watching movies in her spare time.

Pamela Sheffler

Pamela is a third year student in Developmental Psychology. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in psychology and a minor in music. She is interested in how children's interactions with their parents and teachers influence their social emotional development and academic achievement. Pamela enjoys playing the violin, swimming, and watching classic films.

Lab Manager

Vanessa Zavala

Vanessa graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She loves working with children and is a child counselor for children with behavioral and psychological disorders. She is interested in how different cultures and parenting styles influence children's development. In her spare time she enjoys baking and hiking.

Lab Alumni

Graduate students

Amy Allen

Amy graduated with a doctorate in School Psychology in 2018. She is currently a school psychologist in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

Undergraduate students

Denise Du, currently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburg, Nursing

Jacky Huacurrently a graduate student at UC Merced, Psychology

Jessica Maccurrently a graduate student at UCLA, Social Work

Eric Salinascurrently a graduate student at the University of Missouri, Human Development

Priscilla Yaucurrently a graduate student at UCI, Education

Lab Visitors

Jing Wang, Ph.D.

Dr. Wang from the University of Hong Kong's Graduate School of Education visited our lab in summer 2018.

Li Wen, Ph.D.

Dr. Wen from the National Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning at Beijing Normal University is a current visiting scholar (2018-19).