All posts by B.Brad Brown

Congratulations, Jackie Nguyen

Congratulations to Dr. Jackie Nguyen, former member of PRSG, on her recommendation for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jackie has continued her work on identity processes among ethnic minority youths, begun while she was a grad student in our lab. This work help inspire our current work on the development of a sense of belonging among college students.

Ho Receives Award from Who’s Who in Asian American Communities

Pauline Ho, a first-year student in the PRSG, was one of three individuals named as a 2017 Leaders And Legends Honoree by Who’s Who in Asian American Communities. Drawing on her own experience as an immigrant from Vietnam, Pauline is interested in the academic adjustment of ELL students as well as in identifying factors contributing to educational aspirations and school persistene among members of under-represented groups. She is a Wisconsin Center for Education Research Fellow and recipient of a School of Educational Graduate Research Scholarship. Within PRSG, Pauline is working on the Belonging at College Study.

Chia-chen Yang given JYA’s Emerging Scholar Award

Congratulations to PRSG alum Chia-chen Yang, who was given the Emerging Scholar Award from the Journal of Youth and Adolescence for her article, entitled “Online self-presentation on Facebook and self development during the college transition.” Dr. Yang is now an Assistant Professor of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Research at the University of Memphis. A copy of her award-winning article can be found under the Publications section of the PRSG website.

Prudhom Wins Grant to Study Freshmen’s Social Media Use

Congratulations to Ashley Prudhom, who received a Sophomore Research Fellowship to conduct a study of how social media assist 9th graders with their transition to high school. This highly competitive grant from the University provides funds for undergraduates to work with faculty on research. Ashley joined the PRSG as an Undergraduate Research Scholar her freshman year and has been an integral member of the research team for our Early Adolescence and Social Media project. She is pursuing a degree in elementary and special education.

Report on Middle Schoolers’ Use of Social Media

Lab members have prepared a newsletter reporting some key initial findings from our recent study of how students in middle school begin to use social media. The report lists the major social media apps used by our sample and highlights the influences of parents, siblings, and school adults. To view the report, go to the REPORTS section of our website and click on NEWSLETTERS.

Movin’ on: Research Interns graduate

Congratulations to 3 of our undergraduate Research Interns who graduated last May. Kyra Gravelle begins a graduate program in speech therapy this Fall. Onika Hartwell is now a software engineer in Madison. And Tori Spear has a position at Chicago Speech Therapy. We’re proud of all of you, and grateful for your contributions to our research!

Research Interns present at Undergraduate Research Symposium

PRSG Research Interns presented findings from their work on two of the lab’s major studies at the University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium this spring. Kyra Gravelle, Tori Shear, Cole Schenk, and Ashley Prudhom (pictured above) reported on ways peers assist in early adolescents’ initiation into social media use. Josh Hang presented a paper on primary sources of new friendship among college freshmen. Intensive analyses of data from both projects are ongoing.


Several lab members made presentations at the recent biennial SRCD conference in Austin Texas. Maame Adomako (pictured here with former lab member, Dr. Jackie Nguyen of U.W.-Milwaukee) presented findings from her M.S. research on how college students at predominantly White institutions understand race and ethnicity GeckHong Yeo reported on her research on Singaporean adolescents’ disclosure patterns to parents. Angie Calvin and Brad Brown presented early findings from our study of early adolescents’ use of social media.

Angie Calvin inducted into Teaching Academy

Congratulations to Angie Calvin, inducted into U.W.-Madison’s Teaching Academy as a Future Faculty Partner. This status is given to graduate students who have done exemplary work in instructional activities during their graduate student careers. In addition to her research on adolescents’ use of social media, Angie has taught several undergraduate courses and received rave reviews for her work.

New Interdisciplinary Training Program in Social Media

PRSG member GeckHong Yeo is one of several new fellows for the Interdisciplinary Training Fellowship in Youth Development, Social Media, and Assessment grant awarded to The Departments of Educational Psychology and Communication Arts. Fellows take an advanced seminar together and work on collaborative research and writing projects. They benefit from guidance by faculty in both participating departments, including PRSG Director Brad Brown. The fellows’ first joint project is a critical review of research on mood disorders and social media use among teens.