Where it all began

Met up with Xiang for our last research meeting before he heads to University of Washington for his predoc internship. Congrats on defending your dissertation before internship. We met at Sun Street when he visited for Welcome Weekend so fitting to end here.


What’s Next?


I was asked by the editorial staff of the APA Monitor to give my input on critical questions the discipline must answer. For some reason, they think I am an influential psychologist ūüôā

Ethnic studies: Richard Lee

University of Minnesota psychology professor whose research seeks to identify ways to improve the lives of racial and ethnic minorities

Richard Lee¬†How do we move beyond current narratives, theories and methods that are culturally bounded by white/European epistemologies to answer questions that affect the majority of the world’s population that is not white? We need new ways to understand and study health disparities, transnational migrations, intergroup conflicts, and the successful adaptation and accommodations of groups of people who are subordinated, underrepresented and underserved.


Way to go, Emily! Recipient of the Spring 2018 Sharon Borine Award!

Congratulations to Emily Wang on this award. Emily was a student in my freshman seminar – Fresh Off The Boat – four years ago and then joined the familee lab a couple years later. She has worked closely with 3rd year graduate student, Christine Wu, on binge drinking in Asian American college students, including a UROP scholarship.

Emily Wang

My research study examined Asian Americans and binge drinking, specifically whether the “Asian Flush” is protective against binge drinking. The “Asian Flush” is caused by a mutated gene which produces a less functional alcohol-metabolizing enzyme, resulting in unpleasant responses such as facial flushing and increased heart rate. Within a sample of Asian American undergraduates, I looked at the relationship between peer alcohol use and binge drinking with the “Asian Flush” as a moderator. Results revealed a significant main effect for peer alcohol use, but the moderation of the “Asian Flush” was not significant. This suggests that the risk factor of peer alcohol use outweighs the protective factor of the “Asian Flush.” In other words, the “Asian Flush” is not protective in the college student population. Considering how rates of alcohol abuse are rising in this population, I hope my research paves the way for future studies that explore alcohol abuse in Asian Americans, as they are often an overlooked group due to the model minority myth.


Summer 2018 Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund


The Tri-Psychology Programs – Educational Psychology, Psychology & Institute of Child Development – at the University of Minnesota are deeply committed to supporting underrepresented students in the psychological sciences. Together, we strive to create welcoming, affirming, and inclusive spaces and seek to foster respectful exchanges of ideas that allow us to embrace the power of diversity of perspectives and backgrounds to enrich us all.

Applications are now open for the Summer 2018 Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund. The goal of this award is to build community and facilitate cross-departmental collaborations among tri-psych graduate students of color and/or student groups otherwise underrepresented in postsecondary education. We seek innovative proposals that provide opportunities to encourage and support your fellow students, gain insights from your shared and differing experiences, and build stronger relationships across departments.

Award Detail

  • Proposals must be collaborative and must clearly benefit all three departments
  • Proposals must focus on students of color and/or student groups otherwise underrepresented in postsecondary education across all three host psychology programs
  • Preference for creative ideas that show promise for building long-term support structures for students of color and/or student groups otherwise underrepresented in postsecondary education
  • Awards will be made to teams of at least two or more graduate students; preference for teams that include collaborators across at least two of the Tri-Psych departments
  • A summary of the completed project must be submitted by November 1, 2018
  • Proposals will be reviewed up until May 30, 2018; funds must be spent by August 31, 2018
  • Funding decisions will be made¬†within two weeks¬†of proposal submission.
  • 1 large award ($1500 max) and 3-5 micro-awards ($250-$500) will be made

o   Large Award: must include collaborators across all three psychology departments

o   Micro-Awards: preference for teams that include collaborators across at least two of the Tri-Psych departments

SRCD Tri-Caucus Preconference at SRA

I was honored to help organize the inaugural Tri-Caucus Preconference held at the University of Minnesota. This event brought together the Asian caucus, Latino caucus, and Black caucus to share wisdom about diversity, equity, and inclusion in developmental science. It was great to have some of my graduate students experience this event. In solidarity!