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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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