Human Development & Culture Lab

Current Members

Current HD&C Lab members include: Alysia Corona, Chelsee Armsworthy, Jose Reyes, and Kajai Xiong. Students in my lab are conducting a dyadic, cross-cultural analysis on perspectives of sex work.

They presented their work on the transformation and maintenance of cultural values that guide adolescent moral reasoning in the rapidly globalizing northern Thai context at the May 2019 Central California Research Symposium, and are currently writing up this study for publication.

HD&C Lab Meeting (Spring 2019)

L-R: Dr. McKenzie, Chelsee Armsworthy, Alysia Corona, Kajai Xiong, & Jose Reyes


2017-2018 HD&C Lab Members

HD&C Lab End-of-Semester Gathering (Fall 2017)  L-R: Cristina Landeros, Dr. McKenzie, Cassandra Stewart, Emma Willis, & Rachel Castellón

HD&C Lab End-of-Semester Gathering (Fall 2017)

L-R: Cristina Landeros, Dr. McKenzie, Cassandra Stewart, Emma Willis, & Rachel Castellón

Cassandra Stewart, Cristina Landeros, Emma Willis, Joseph Rooney, and Rachel Castellón were lab members for one year. During their time in lab, they worked on two research projects: (1) an investigation of perceptions of media's influence on family relationships among urban-dwelling Thai adolescents and parents, and (2) an investigation of folk theories of success among rural and urban adolescents in northern Thailand.

We presented the results of the first project at the Society for Research on Adolescence conference in April 2018. Cassandra, Cristina, Emma, Joseph, and Rachel also presented the results of both projects at the Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) in April 2018. Their first co-authored manuscript was published in Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.


2015-2017 Lab Members

Sarah Tsutsui and Seema Prakash were members of the HD&C lab for two years. During that time, they examined the religious practices and orientations toward religion among adolescents residing in variously globalized northern Thai communities. They presented the results of this research at local, national, and international levels, and published a co-authored manuscript on this study in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

HD&C Lab in Nagoya, Japan in 2016 for the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology  L-R: Dr. McKenzie, Sarah Tsutsui, & Seema Prakash

HD&C Lab in Nagoya, Japan in 2016 for the 23rd Congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology

L-R: Dr. McKenzie, Sarah Tsutsui, & Seema Prakash

Sarah (who graduated Summa Cum Laude) went on to pursue her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Teacher Residency at CSU Fresno, and is now a kindergarten teacher at Pyle Elementary School.

Seema (who graduated Magna Cum Laude) is currently pursuing Dental School at Western University of Health Sciences. She looks forward to drawing from her developmental expertise as a dentist working with patients across the life course.

Sarah Tsutsui & Seema Prakash present their research to the Child and Family Science Research-in-Progress Group

Sarah Tsutsui & Seema Prakash present their research to the Child and Family Science Research-in-Progress Group