Dr. Qin’s research centers on adolescents and emerging adults from immigrant and minority families. The main question underlying her work is: How do immigration, culture, gender, SES, and important ecological contexts like family, peers, and school impact adolescent and emerging adult development? She is particularly interested in processes of cultural adaptation for immigrant parents and children and potential conflicts, discrimination experiences, negotiations, cultural adjustment, intersectionality of gender and ethnic/racial identities and ensuing educational, sociocultural and psychological outcomes for immigrant and minority children, adolescents and emerging adults in a new land. She has worked with diverse populations including Asian immigrant parents and children, high-achieving Asian American adolescents, tiger mothers, Sudanese refugee unaccompanied minors and emerging adults, Chinse international students, and biracial children and families. Dr. Qin has co-edited multiple volumes on the post-1965 New Immigration, globalization and education, Asian American and Pacific Islander children and mental health, and most recently children and prejudice. She is on the editorial boards of Applied Developmental Science and Asian American Journal of Psychology and was Associate Editor of Journal of Adolescent Research.
Her most recent collaborative project, funded by the Spencer Foundation, focuses on academic, psychosocial and cultural adaptation of Chinese international students. Dr. Qin is currently developing a new research study on parenting biracial children to understand how different cultural paradigms co-exist in multiracial families and how parenting and family dynamics influence educational and psychosocial outcomes of biracial children.