Department of Educational Psychology
Jacqueline Nguyen’s research interests are on cultural and contextual factors that influence child and adolescent development. Her studies primarily explore parent-child relationships in immigrant families as they are affected by developmental and sociocultural factors, including neighborhood, schools, peers, autonomy, acculturation, and ethnic identity. Nguyen has extensive experience in qualitative, mixed-methods, and community-embedded research, having worked with community organizations in Madison and Philadelphia to conduct studies on Hmong and Latino immigrant families. She also has experience conducting program evaluations for non-profit community organizations.
Nguyen received her doctorate in Education Psychology (Human Development) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a National Science Foundation SBE Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee and completed her postdoctoral training at Saint Joseph’s University’s Child Development Laboratory.
Nguyen’s research team at UWM is leading a multi-site study to explore the nature of, and daily variations in, cultural identity. The study pilots a new instrument that will assess cultural influences on multiple domains of personal identity: the Multidimensional Cultural Identity Measure (MCIM). She is also continuing to analyze data from two recently wrapped projects: 1) an examination of changes in Mexican immigrant parents' ethnotheories as families participate in an early education program and 2) an exploration of adolescent ethnic identity expression on the social networking site, Facebook. Additionally, she is co-editor for a New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development that addresses ethical and methodological issues in studying immigrant families.
Nguyen is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescents, and the American Psychological Association. She is also writes items for diversity/multicultural area of the national ASPPB Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.