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., 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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