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, neighborhood) 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.
Dr. Wang has two on-going projects. The first project investigates multiple forms of discrimination and its linkages with youth substance use using data from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study. The second project, Peer and Diversity (PAD), investigates how daily ethnic/racial and cultural processes in peer networks influence adolescents' cognitive, psychosocial, academic, and sleep outcomes. This project uses a daily diary design and follows an ethnically/racially diverse sample of youth over time.