Chelsea Derlan, Ph.D.

Dr. Chelsea Derlan

Assistant Professor
Developmental Psychology
808 W Franklin, rm 211
clderlan@vcu.edu
(804) 828-7462

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Developmental Psychology
PhD (2016), Arizona State University

Research Interests

Broadly, my work examines how risk factors (e.g., discrimination) and resilience factors (e.g., cultural socialization) inform ethnic-racial minority youths’ positive psychological, academic, and health outcomes. Guided by cultural ecological models, I consider the role of family, school, and other key contexts. My research is focused in two main areas: (a) assessing what young children understand and feel about their culture (i.e., ethnic-racial identification), and how this plays a role in development, and (b) examining the interplay between individual and contextual factors as they inform adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity and adjustment.

Selected Publications

Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Jahromi, L. B, & Updegraff, K. A. (in press). Measuring cultural socialization attitudes and behaviors of Mexican-origin mothers with young children: A longitudinal investigation. Family Relations.
Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2016). Mothers’ characteristics as predictors of adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity: An examination of Mexican-origin teen mothers. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 453-459.
Derlan, C. L., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2015). Brief report: Contextual predictors of African American adolescents’ ethnic-racial identity affirmation-belonging and resistance to peer pressure. Journal of Adolescence, 41, 1-6.
Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2015). Person-environment fit: Everyday conflict and co-parenting conflict in Mexican-origin teen mother families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 136-145.
Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Toomey, R. B., Updegraff, K. A., Jahromi, L. B., & Flores, L. I. (2014). Perceived discrimination and ethnic affirmation: Anglo culture orientation as a moderator among Mexican-origin adolescent mothers. Child Development, 85, 1357-1365.

Recent Courses

  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology, undergraduate level 

Recent Grants

Processes That Inform Mexican Children’s Ethnic-Racial Identification Over Time. Principal Investigator. 2015-2016. Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, 1F31HD085772-01. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, $36,924.

Awards

  • Martha E. Bernal Memorial Award (selected for record of contributions and career plans in research relevant to ethnic minority populations), 2015

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