Jacqueline Nguyen

Associate Professor - Learning & Development
Educational Psychology

Jacqueline Nguyen is an associate 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

  • Me, My Choices & Why? Hip Hop and Cultural Identity in Southeast Asian Youth and Emerging Adults
  • STICS: Social Transitions in College Study
  • Culture of Facebook
  • To learn more about Dr. Nguyen's Cultures & Contexts Research Group, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/nguyenresearchuwm/

Selected Publications

Nguyen, J. & Ferguson, G.M. (under review). A global cypher: The role of hip hop in cultural identity construction and navigation for Southeast Asian American youth. Chapter in “Globalization as a Context for Youth Development” (J. McKenzie, Ed.) in New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development.

Ferguson, G.M., Nguyen, J., Iturbide, M., & Giray, C. (2017). Exploring the double-edged sword of cultural variability in interactions with family versus friends. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 60, 83-91.

Ferguson, G. M., Nguyen, J.*, Iturbide, M. (2016). Playing up and playing down cultural identity: Introducing cultural influence and cultural variability. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(1), 109-124. (*Note: first and second author determined alphabetically)

Nguyen, J. (2013). Of Pride and Pencils: Deconstructing the Role of Ethnic Pride in Hmong Adolescent Identity Formation. Hmong Studies Journal, 14, 1-19.

Nguyen, J., Hernández, M. G., Saetermoe, C. L., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2013). An ethical frame for research with immigrant families. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 141, 1-7.

Jacqueline Nguyen Curriculum Vitae (PDF)