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


Website

Empower Youth Research Lab


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.


Select Publications

Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Jahromi, L. B, & Updegraff, K. A. (2018). Cultural socialization attitudes and behaviors: Examining mothers’ centrality, discrimination experiences, and children’s effortful control as moderators. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 24(2), 162-172. doi:10.1037/cdp0000176
Derlan, C. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Updegraff, K. A., & Jahromi, L. B. (2017). Longitudinal relations among Mexican-origin mothers' cultural characteristics, cultural socialization, and 5-year-old children's ethnic-racial identification. Developmental Psychology, 53(11), 2078-2091. doi:10.1037/dev0000386
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. doi:10.1037/cdp0000072
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. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.02.002
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.doi:10.1111/cdev.12191

Recent Courses

  • PSYC 603: Developmental Processes, graduate level
  • PSYC 304: 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

  • Dissertation Award, Latino Caucus, 2017
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 2017
  • Distinguished Student Research Award, Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (selected for outstanding research accomplishments and potential leadership in the field), 2016
  • 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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