Wang, Yijie Ph.D.


Wang, Yijie Ph.D.

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  • Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. Psychology, Peking University

Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent development
  • Psychological and physiological well-being
  • Ethnic/racial socialization and identity, discrimination
  • Quantitative methodologies, longitudinal and experience sampling method, meta-analysis

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. 

Dr. Wang has two on-going projects. The first project, Peer and Diversity (PAD), investigates how ethnic/racial and cultural processes in peer networks impact adolescents' cognitive, psychological, and physical well-being. This project follows 9th graders through high school years and collects daily diary data annually. The second project investigates adolescents’ substance use and risky sexual behaviors in diverse ethnic groups using nationally representative data from The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. This project is funded by the National Institute of Health (R03AA024288).

Dr. Wang is accepting new Ph.D. students for 2020-2021. Please inquire directly with Dr. Wang at