Child and Adolescent Development

Shu-Sha Angie Guan, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Office location:
Sequoia Hall 280-C


Ph.D. Developmental Psychology 2015, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A. Developmental Psychology 2011, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. Psychology 2006, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Guan's interdisciplinary work focuses on how social contexts (e.g., culture, digital technology, social relationships) affect mental and physical well-being, especially among ethnic minority and immigrant adolescents and young adults. For example, she has examined:

(1) how children from immigrant backgrounds provide support to their parents and communities through language brokering (i.e., translation and interpretation work) and how this work affects parent-child relationships (e.g., respect, regard) and prosocial development (e.g., empathy, transcultural perspective-taking; Guan & Shen, 2014; Guan, Greenfield, & Orellana, 2014);

(2) how adolescents from diverse cultural backgrounds, in turn, receive support from parents, siblings, and peers and what this may mean for their psychological (e.g., depressive symptoms) and physiological health (e.g., salivary cortisol, inflammatory markers like c-reactive protien [CRP]; Guan & Fuligni, 2015; Guan, Bower, Almeida, et al., 2016); and

(3) how young adults receive and provide support online and offline in the 21st century in ways that affect how they respond to stress psychologically (e.g., anxiety, worry) and physiologically (e.g., heart rate [HR], diastolic & systolic blood pressure [DBP, SBP], salivary cortisol; Guan, Chiang, Sherman, Nguyen, Tsui, & Robles, 2017).

Selected Publications

Guan, S. A., Chiang, J., Sherman, L., Nguyen, J., Tsui, Y., & Robles, T. (2017). Culture Moderates the Effect of Social Support across Communication Contexts in Young Adult Females. Computers and Human Behavior, 75, 775-784.

Menkin, J. A., Guan, S. A., Araiza, D., et al. (2017) Racial/ethnic differences in expectations regarding aging among older adults. Gerontologist, 57, S138-S148.

Guan, S. A. (2017) Immigrant Internetworks: Language brokering and technology. In Weisskirch, R. (Ed.) Language Brokering in Immigrant Families: Theory and Contexts. New York, NY: Routledge.

Boz, N., & Guan, S. A. (2017). Self-presentation strategies in Turkish adolescents. European Journal of Communication Research, 42 (1). doi:

Guan, S. A., Bower, J., Almeida, D., Cole, S., Dahl, R., Irwin, M. R., Seeman, T. E. & Fuligni, A. (2016). Parental support buffers association of depression with cortisol and inflammation during adolescence. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 57, 134-143.

Huynh, V., Guan, S. A., Almeida, D., McCreath, H., & Fuligni, A. (2016). Everyday discrimination and diurnal cortisol during adolescence. Hormones and Behavior, 80, 76-81.

Guan, S. A., Nash, A., & Orellana, M. (2015). Cultural and social processes of language brokering among Arab, Asian and Latin American immigrants. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37 (2), 150-166.

Orellana, M. & Guan, S. A. (2015). Immigrant family settlement processes and the work of child language brokers: Implications for child development. In C. Suarez-Orozco, M. Abo-Zena, & A. K. Marks (Eds.) The Development of Children of Immigration. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Guan, S. A. & Fuligni, A. (2015). Changes in parent, sibling, and peer support during young adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 1-14. doi: 10.1111/jora.12191

Guan, S. A., Greenfield, P. M., & Orellana, M. (2014). Translating into understanding: Language brokering and prosocial development in emerging adults from immigrant families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29 (3), 331-355. doi: 10.1177/0743558413520223.

Guan, S. A. & Shen, J. (2014). Language brokering and parental praise and criticism among young adults from immigrant families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (5), 1334-1342. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9940-5.

Guan, S. A. & Subrahmanyam, K. (2009). Youth Internet use: risks and opportunities. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 22 (4), 351-356. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0b013e32832bd7e0