Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development During Adolescence

"It is quite different from anything else I have done in my undergraduate career thus far.  I have volunteered and interned, which is much more hands on. This is the first time I have done something more behind the scenes. It has been a good experience because it is teaching me about the theoretical/research aspect of psychology, which I have yet to experience."

Supervising Faculty:

Dr. Ming-Te Wang



Dr. Ming-Te Wang


Area of Research:  Developmental psychology/Socio and Emotional Development/Positive Youth Development


Description of Research:

We are looking for undergraduate psychology students who are interested in gaining research experience in socio-emotional development, mental health, and positive youth development. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and work on projects that investigate sociocultural and psychological factors predicting socioemotional wellbeing during adolescence as well as develop intervention programs to promote resilience for youth at risk.


Duties of Students:

Students will be involved with every stage of the research process including: literature reviews, data collection, data entry, study design, data analysis, and paper writing. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in paper writing as a coauthor with the professor. Duties are flexible, depending on interests and current needs. Students should be available at least 2 days per week. Total number of hours of participation per week will be 12-14 hours for 3 credits.



  • Students should meet Departmental criteria for eligibility for directed research
  • A 2 semester commitment is required
  • Outstanding academic writing skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Enjoy working and interacting with adolescents


Terms offered: fall and spring


Number of Students: varies by semester

Additional Information: Students should contact Dr. Ming-Te Wang and provide him with a CV, a short writing sample, and letter of interest.