Child and Adolescent Development

Virginia Huynh

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Assistant Professor, PhD
Office location:
280-F Sequoia Hall


Dr. Huynh received her Ph.D. and Master's degree from the Department of Psychology at UCLA. She is originally from Beaverton, Oregon and attended college at Loyola Marymount University.

Her research focuses on understanding social and cultural factors—such as discrimination and ethnic socialization—that influence the academic, psychological, and physical well-being of ethnic minority and immigrant children and adolescents.

Honors and Awards

2012    Society for Research on Adolescence Hershel D. Thornburg Dissertation Award

2011    Chertoff Graduate Service Award, UCLA

2010     Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA

2008    Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award, UCLA

2007    Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award, UCLA

2006    UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development (FPR-UCLA CBD) Pre-doctoral Fellowship, UCLA

2006    UC Diversity Initiative for Graduate Study in the Social Sciences Fellows Summer Program Award, UCLA

2005    Psychology Outstanding Graduating Scholar Award, LMU



CADV 150 -- Foundations of Child and Adolescent Development

CADV 352 – Applied Social Development


Selected Publications

Gillen-O’Neel, C., Huynh, V. W., & Fuligni, A. J. (in press). To study or to sleep? The academic costs of extra studying and sleep loss. Child Development.

Huynh, V. W. (2012). Ethnic microaggressions and the depressive and somatic symptoms of Latino and Asian American adolescents. Journal ofYouth and Adolescence, 41(7), 831-846.

Huynh, V. W., & Fuligni, A. J. (2012). Perceived ethnic stigma across the transition to college. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41(7), 817-830.

Brown, C. S., & Alabi, B. O., Huynh, V. W., & Masten, C. (2011). Ethnicity and gender in late childhood and early adolescence: Group identity and awareness of bias. Developmental Psychology, 47(2), 463-471.

Huynh, V. W., & Fuligni, A. J. (2010). Discrimination hurts: The academic, psychological, and physical well-being of adolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20(4),916-941.

Mistry, R. S., White, E. S., Benner, A. D., & Huynh, V. W. (2009). A longitudinal study of the simultaneous influence of mothers' and teachers' educational expectations on low income youth's academic achievement. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38(6), 826-838.

Huynh, V. W., & Fuligni, A. J. (2008). Ethnic socialization and the academic adjustment of adolescents from Mexican, Chinese, and European backgrounds. Developmental Psychology, 44(4), 1202-1208.