Shu Su
Shu Su
Associate Professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 605D

About Shu Su

Dr. Shu Su is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies. She joined Ball State in 2016 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University.

Dr. Su is a social science researcher who 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). Her initial and continuing interest is in the additive and multiplicative effects of parenting and peer relationship qualities on children’s and adolescents’ adjustment and well-being. Since joined Ball State, she extended her research by examining 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, she broadened my research by studying how pandemics impact youth and their families, as well as higher education.


Ph.D. 2016 Human Development and Family Studies

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching

Auburn University; Auburn, AL

M.S. 2012 Human Development and Family Studies

Auburn University; Auburn, AL

B.A 2006 English

North China Electric Power University; Beijing, China

Research and Publications

Su, S., McElwain, A., & Lin, X. (2022). Parenting practices and emerging adult wellbeing in the United States and china. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 53(1), 5- 24.

Walls, J., Moses, M. A., Su, S. (2022). It wasn't necessarily terrible, but it also wasn't ideal": Students' experiences with the transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Family Science Review. 26(1)

*Dai, Y. Lin, X., Su, S., & Li, L. (2021,). The online learning academic achievement of Chinese students during the COVID-19 pandemic: The role of self-regulated learning and academic entitlement. International Journal of Psychology and Educational Studies. 8 (3), 116-127.
Lin, X., Su, S. (2020). Motivating learning by playing Animal Crossing New Horizons: A trending game during the COVID-19 pandemic. eLearn Magazine.

Lin, X., & Su, S. (2020). Chinese college students’ attitude and intention of adopting mobile learning. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 16(2), 6-21.

Su, S., Pettit, G., Lansford, J. E., Dodge, K. A., & Bates, J. E. (2019) Children’s Competent Social-Problem Solving across the Preschool-to-School Transition: Developmental Changes and Links with Early Parenting. Social Development., 29(3), 750-766.

Lin, X., Su, S., & McElwain, A. (2019) Academic stressors as Predictors of Achievement Goal Orientations of American and ESL International Students. Journal of International Students

Walsh, B., Jeon, H., Dove, M. & Su, S. (2018) Transition to Kindergarten Videos and Their Relationship to Family Engagement. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 14(2), 55-64

Erath, S. A., Su, S., & Tu, K. M. (2016). Electrodermal reactivity moderates the prospective association between peer victimization and depressive symptoms in early adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-12.

Su, S., Pettit, G., Erath, S. (2016). Peer relations, parental social coaching, and early adolescent social anxiety. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 42, 89-97.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Promot Prosocial Beh 210 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Families Cross Cultu 350 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE