Developmental Psychology Concentration


Adolescent Time Perspective and Perceived Discrimination among Diverse Groups

Dr. Zena Mello and her colleagues published two measures that assess time perspective in adolescents. These instruments enable researchers to examine adolescents’ thoughts and feelings about the past, the present, and the future. They have already been translated and used in Germany, Italy, and Nigeria. In a separate area, she has examined perceived discrimination. She showed how females and ethnic minority adolescents anticipate sexism and racism in their future schooling and work, and how this relates to their academic achievement.

Intervention programs that reduce conflict among divorced parents 

Dr. Jeffrey Cookston recently published an article in Family Court Review providing evidence that after participation in a divorcing parent education curriculum parents reported less conflict, anxiety, and depression. These results are important as they represent only the second time that a psychoeducational intervention program reduced conflict between parents after divorce. Incidentally, Dr. Cookston was also the lead author on that paper published in Family Processes in 2007.  The Family Court Review article was discussed on the Huffington Post.

Exercise and executive functioning linked among obese children

Dr. Patricia Miller and her colleagues recently published an article reporting that their exercise intervention improved executive functioning (cognitive control) in obese children aged 7-11. Other outcomes were improved math achievement scores and altered brain activity.  Importantly, the random clinical trials design included a no-exercise control group that did not improve. Other current research by Dr. Miller examines executive functioning more generally, including the role of gesturing in its development.

Cross-cultural patterns in mathematic and verbal skill acquisition among young children

Dr. Jae Paik has recently led and collaborated with her international colleagues from Netherlands, Peru, and Taiwan examining cross-cultural differences in the math abilities of preschoolers.  In another line of research, Dr. Paik examined the effects of contexts and comparison processes on U.S. and Korean 2- and 3-year-olds' verb acquisition.

Other News


Society for Research in Child Development

The Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Child Development will be March 19-21, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA and SFSU faculty and alumni will be in attendance. Book your ticket and join us.  

Society for Research on Child Development Biannual Meeting was in Seattle April 2013

Between April 18 and 20 of 2013 the Society for Research on Child Development held it's biannual meeting in Seattle and San Francisco State faculty, students, and alumni will be well-represented.  If you click here you can access a schedule for all of the SFSU-related presentations as well as the abstracts that accompany those presentations.  

Society for Research in Adolescence 
The Biennial Meeting for the Society for Research in Adolescence is another conference our faculty and students attend.


Developmental students from August 2006

photo August 2006