Dr. Shu Su
Dr. Shu Su
<b>Department: </b>Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies<br><b>Research Area: </b>Parenting, Cross-Culture Perspective, Social development, Children, Adolescents

Department: Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies


Research Focus:

My research takes a multidisciplinary approach toward understanding the role of parenting practices and peer relationships in social development at different life stages (i.e., childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood). In more recently year, I expand my research agenda by studying those relationships in different cultural contexts, with a special focus on youth in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups, including international students and Burmese refugee youth. As COVID-19 has upended societies and dramatically altered everyday life across the globe, I broadened my research by studying how pandemics impact youth and their families, as well as higher education. 


Potential Student Project(s):

I am currently leading multiple engaging research initiatives that offer students the chance to participate based on their individual research passions. One exciting project involves a comprehensive cross-cultural study focusing on the experiences of emerging adults. Students will gain hands-on coding experience while exploring open-ended questions surrounding complex social scenarios.

Additionally, we are conducting a study centered around the well-being of Burmese refugee adolescents in Indianapolis. This project delves into their relationships with peers and parents. As part of this opportunity, students may have the chance to interact directly with youth, conducting insightful interviews and dynamic workshops.

Furthermore, there is an intriguing project geared towards assisting parents in guiding young children through challenging social situations. Students taking part in this project will not only have the chance to analyze data but also implement experiments involving young children and their parents. This blend of research and practical application promises an enriching learning experience.


Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate:

The qualities I'm searching for in my research team members include a genuine enthusiasm and curiosity for exploring innovative ideas through research, as well as a strong sense of responsiveness and dependability in fulfilling their responsibilities and commitments.


Mentoring Plan:

We will meet on a weekly basis to review the progress you have made on the assigned tasks. I provide lots of guidance, and if you, and for those inclined, there are chances to showcase your work at conferences. The student researcher will work 5 h/week on the project including a 1-on-1 interaction with me for at least 1 hour/week.


Contact: 765-285-5921, TC 605 C