UC Riverside Psychology Professor Awarded Early Career Research Grant

Award will support Cecilia Cheung’s research on the role of parents’ expectations in a child’s learning

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Cecilia Cheung, assistant psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside has been awarded the American Psychological Association’s 2016 Developmental Psychologist Early Career Research Grant. The grant will be used to conduct research for a new study titled, “Where is the Pygmalion? The Role of Parents’ Expectation in Children’s Learning.”

The prestigious award supports the research of outstanding early career members who have yet to receive any federal funding for research as a principal investigator. The support would provide Cheung and her students with crucial momentum in the early stages of the research project.

According to Cheung, a high amount of research suggests that parents play a key role in a child’s educational success. However, little is known about the ways in which parents evaluate their children’s academic potential. Cheung will look into the effects of parents’ expectations on children’s learning and achievement.

The research is anticipated to result in important insights on whether parents’ expectations can influence children’s’ academic achievement. If that proves to be the case, education programs may be devised to help parents understand the integral role their expectations play in children’s learning.

Cheung joined UC Riverside’s psychology department in 2013. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Cheung focuses on children’s development across cultures, specializing in how the environment shapes children’s motivation and achievement in school.

The research is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017.

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