Department of Applied Psychology


Diane Hughes

Professor of Applied Psychology

Diane Hughes

Phone: 212 998 7906

Diane Hughes is professor of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Development, and Education and co-director with Catherine Tamis LeMonda and Niobe Way of the Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education. Her research interests focus on (a) understanding how racial/ethnic dynamics influence individual's experiences across multiple settings including workplaces, classrooms, neighborhoods, and families, and (b) ethnic and cultural differences in parents' socialization goals, beliefs, and practices, especially as these influence children's learning. Dr. Hughes conducts school and community based studies with adolescents and their parents using multiple methods (interviews, surveys, focus groups). In her most recent work. Dr. Hughes, Dr. Niobe Way, and their students followed two multi-ethnic cohorts of NYC early adolescents (and their mothers) from the time they entered middle school through their junior year of high school to understand how varied stressors and supports influenced academic and socio-emotional development over time. Hughes received her B.A. in Psychology and African American Studies from Williams College and her Ph.D. in Community and Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is former chair of the John d. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's sub-group on Diversity in Mid-Life and co-chair of the 14 member cross-university Study Group on Race, Culture, and ethnicity. Her research has been supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Coundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.


Degrees Held

  • BA Williams College
    Psychology African American Studies
  • MA University of Michigan
    Community Psychology
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan
    Psychology; Community, Developmental

Selected Publications

  • Hughes, D., Rivas, D. Foust, M., Hagelskamp, C., Gersick, S., & Way, N. (2008). How to catch a moonbeam: A mixed-methods approach to understanding ethnic socialization in ethnically diverse families. In S. Quintana & C. McKnown (Eds.) Handbook of race, racism, and child development. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons. (view)
  • Tamis-LeMonda, C.S., Way, N., Hughes, D., Yoshikawa, H , Kalman, R., & Niwa, E.Y. (2008). Parents' goals for children: The dynamic co-existence of individualism and collectivism in cultures and individuals. Social Development, 17, 183 - 209 (view)
  • Rivas, D., Hughes, D., & Way, N. (2008). A closer look at ethnic discrimination, ethnic identity, and psychological well-being among urban Chinese American sixth graders. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, .37, 12-21 (view)
  • Hughes, D., Rodriguez, J., Smith, E.P., Johnson, D.J., Stevenson, H.C., & Spicer, P. (2006). Parents' racial/ethnic socialization practices: A review of research and agenda for future study. Developmental Psychology, 42(5), 747 - 770. (view)
  • Enchautegui-de-Jesús, N., Hughes, D. Johnston, K. & Joo Oh, H. (2006). Well-being in the context of workplace ethnic diversity. Journal of Community Psychology, 34(2), 211-223. (view)
  • Hughes, D., Bachman, M., & Ruble, D. (2006). Tuned in or tuned out: Children's interpretations of parents' racial socialization messages. In C. Tamis-Lemonda & L. Balter (Eds.), Child Psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues. New York University Press
  • Bynum, M.B. & Hughes, D. (2004). Racial Socialization and Mental Health in African American Adolescents. The Community Psychologist, 37(2), 44 - 45.
  • Ryff, C.D., Keyes, C. & Hughes, D. (2004). Psychological well-being in MIDUS: Profiles of ethnic/racial diversity and life-course uniformity. Pp. 398 - 424 in O.G. Brim, C.D. Ryff and R.C. Kessler (Eds.), How healthy are we: A national study of well-being at mid-life, Chicago: Chicago University Press.
  • Hughes, D. (2003). Correlates of African African American and Latino parents messages to children about race. American Journal of Community Psychology, 31(1), 80-92. (view)
  • Ryff, C., Keyes, C. & Hughes, D. (2003). Status Inequalities, Perceived Discrimination, and Eudaimonic Well-being: Do the challenges of minority life hone purpose and growth Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44, 275 - 291. (view)
  • Livert, D. & Hughes, D. (2002). Elaborating the nature and function of ecological perspectives in Community Psychology. In T. Revenson, et al., (eds.) Community Psychology: A quarter century of theory, research, and action in social and historical contexts. New York: Plenum.
  • Hughes, D. & Seidman, E. (2002). Towards a culturally anchored methodology. In T. Revenson, et al., (eds.) Community Psychology: A quarter century of theory, research, and action in social and historical contexts. New York: Plenum.
  • Hughes, D. & Johnson, D. (2001). Antecedents in children's experiences of parents' racial socialization practices. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63(4), 981 - 995. (view)
  • Hughes, D.(2001). Cultural and contextual correlates of involvement in family and community among urban Black and Latino Adults. In A. Rossi (Ed.) Caring and doing for others: Social responsibility in domains of family, work, and community. Chicago: Ill: University of Chicago Press.
  • Hughes, D. & Chen, L. (1999). Parents race-related messages to children: A developmental perspective. In C. Tamis-Lemonda & L. Balter (eds.), Child Psychology: A handbook of contemporary issues. New York University Press.
  • Hughes, D. & Chen, L. (1997). When and what parents tell children about race: An examination of race-related socialization in African American families. Applied Developmental Science, 1(4), 200-214. (view)
  • Hughes, D. (1997). Racist thinking and thinking about race: What children know but don't say. Ethos, 25(1), 117 - 125.
  • Hughes, D. & Dodge, M. (1997). African American women in the workplace: Relationships between job conditions, racial bias at work, and perceived job quality. American Journal of Community Psychology, 25(5), 581 - 599. (view)
  • Hughes, D., & Galinsky, E. (1994). Work experiences and marital interactions: Elaborating the complexity of work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 15(5), 423 - 438.
  • Hughes, D., & Dumont, K. (1993). Using focus groups to facilitate culturally-anchored research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 21(4), 775-806.
  • Hughes, D., Seidman, E., & Williams, N. (1993). Cultural phenomena and the research enterprise: Toward a culturally anchored methodology. American Journal of Community Psychology, 21(4), 687 - 703.
  • Hughes, D., Galinsky, E. & Morris, A. (1992). Job characteristics and marital quality: Specifying linking mechanisms. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 54(1), 31 - 41.