Jacqueline Nguyen

Assistant Professor - Learning & Development
Educational Psychology

Jacqueline Nguyen is an assistant professor in the Learning & Development program in the Department of Educational Psychology. Her scholarly pursuits examine how normative developmental processes across the lifespan are informed by sociocultural contexts. She specifically focuses on ethnic and cultural identity and parent-child relationships, largely in adolescence and early adulthood. The ultimate aim of this work is to expand mainstream narratives in developmental psychology to include the developmental experiences of individuals from immigrant, refugee, and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Dr. Nguyen has experience in qualitative, mixed-methods, and community-embedded research, having worked with community organizations in Madison and Philadelphia to conduct studies on Hmong and Latino immigrant families. She also has experience conducting program evaluations for non-profit community organizations. She has published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, and Hmong Studies Journal.

Dr. Nguyen received her doctorate in Educational Psychology (Human Development) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a National Science Foundation SBE Minority Postdoctoral Fellow (Saint Joseph’s University’s Child Development Laboratory).

Current Research/Projects

Nguyen’s research team at UWM is leading a multi-site study to explore the nature of, and daily variations in, cultural identity. The study pilots a new instrument that will assess cultural influences on multiple domains of personal identity: the Multidimensional Cultural Identity Measure (MCIM).

She is also continuing to analyze data from two recently wrapped projects: 1) an examination of changes in Mexican immigrant parents' ethnotheories as families participate in an early education program and 2) an exploration of adolescent ethnic identity expression on the social networking site, Facebook. Additionally, she is co-editor for a New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development that addresses ethical and methodological issues in studying immigrant families.


Nguyen is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescents, and the American Psychological Association. She also writes items for diversity/multicultural area of the national ASPPB Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.

Jacqueline Nguyen Curriculum Vitae (PDF)