Yang Hou

Yang Hou
Assistant Professor

Professional Profile

Dr. Hou’s research seeks to understand how contextual factors (e.g., sociocultural, family, school) influence child and adolescent development in socioemotional, behavioral, cognitive, and health domains. Specifically, she has developed and will continue to develop two main lines of research inquiry, investigating 1) how ethnic minority-related experiences (e.g., discrimination, acculturation, language brokering) influence family processes (e.g., marital and parent-child relationships) and adolescent well-being, and 2) how to interpret and handle informant discrepancies in reports of family variables (e.g., parenting). Recently, she started another line of research aiming to document and explain the variability in neuropsychological outcomes of children and adolescents with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (i.e., a genetic disorder).  Her research utilizes a variety of advanced quantitative methodologies such as structural equation modeling, time-varying effect modeling, and multilevel modeling. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed papers in top-tiered journals such as American Psychologist, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology. Her research has garnered multiple national/international awards, including Early Graduate Student Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association Science Directorate (2016), Distinguished Student Research Award from American Psychological Association (Division 45, 2016), Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award from the Society for Research in Child Development Asian Caucus (2017), and Outstanding Dissertation Award from American Psychological Association (Division 7, 2019).

Dr. Hou serves as a member of editorial boards of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. She also has served as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for a number of journals including Child Development, Journal of Research on Adolescence, International Journal of Psychology, and Learning and Individual Differences. She is currently the Student & Early Career Representative on the International Affairs Committee (2019 to 2023) of the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dr. Hou values students’ intellectual development and recognizes the importance of helping students achieve their academic and professional aspirations. She is committed to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, especially those from ethnic minority, immigrant, or low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, and international students. She has mentored/supervised over 30 undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. She has helped mentees publish in academic journals and apply for scholarships, graduate schools, and work.


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2014-2018

M.Phil., Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2010- 2012

B.S., Psychology, Southwest University (China), 2005-2009