CHARISSA S. L. CHEAH, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Asian studies Faculty Affiliate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. As a cultural developmental scientist, Dr. Cheah utilizes mixed-method approaches to explore how individual characteristics, relationships, socialization agents, and contexts interact to influence social-emotional, mental, and physical health. She is particularly interested in understanding these processes among Asian American and Muslim American families, considering their ethnic-racial/religious minority, immigrant, and marginalized intersecting statuses.
Dr. Cheah is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Association for Psychological Science. She was also a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Italy. Dr. Cheah received a Young Scholar Award from the Foundation for Child Development’s Changing Faces of America’s Children program, and a Visiting Scientist Fellowship from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Dr. Cheah is the past-Chair of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Asian Caucus and serves on the International Affairs Committee and Rapid Assessment and Response Strategy Team of the SRCD. She was also an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD). Dr. Cheah is an Associate Editor for the journal Child Development and sits on the editorial boards of Parenting: Science and Practice and The International Journal of Behavioral Development.
Dr. Cheah’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Russell Sage Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Cheah received a National Science Foundation RAPID (Rapid Response Research) award to examine racial discrimination, identity development, and adjustment among Chinese American families during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a Russell Sage Foundation grant to examine the socialization of civic engagement in Chinese, Korean, and Filipino American families.
Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Fulbright Research Fellow