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 assistant professor in Family and Child. She joined Ball State in 2016 after earning her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University.

Dr. Su is advancing the understanding of the social-cognitive development of children and adolescents. She investigates children’s psychological developmental trajectory and parents’ role in helping and preparing children to face social challenges. She also uses direct observational methods to determine which aspects of parental coaching are more effective in promoting youths’ social and psychological adjustment. 


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

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
Families Cross Cultu 350 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Present Practice Tec 393 001 1400 - 1515 T R AT, room 103
Present Practice Tec 393 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE