Dr. Yijie Wang’s research interests center on the development of adolescents, particularly those from racial and ethnic minority families. Her work investigates how socio-cultural processes (e.g., ethnic/racial socialization, discrimination) in multiple developmental settings (e.g., family, peer, school) influence youth’s psychosocial and psychobiological adjustment. She is particularly interested in diversity in social settings and how such diversity impacts development and well-being. Her research employs developmental methodologies including longitudinal and experience sampling designs. She has two primary projects. The first project examines the ethnic/racial and cultural processes in adolescents’ peer networks. The second project examines adolescents’ substance use and risky sexual behaviors in diverse ethnic groups. This project is funded by the National Institute of Health.
Areas of Interest
- Adolescent development
- Ethnic/racial socialization and identity
- Quantitative methodologies