College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Xiaoran Sun

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Sun

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Degrees

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, the Pennsylvania State University

M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, the Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Psychology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Areas of Interest

Technology and families
Family system processes
Adolescent and young adult achievement
Cultural contexts
Quantitative methods
Data science

I am accepting new advisees for fall 2022 in the Ph.D., and M.A./Ph.D. programs.

I am excited to work with undergraduate and graduate students at UMN who are interested in my research. Projects are always available for students with backgrounds or interests in any of the following areas: family systems processes, adolescent and young adult development, technology and families, cultural contexts for family processes, and applied data science and machine learning.

I feel enthusiastic about human development and family studies and strive to spread the enthusiasm in the classroom. I hope every student can walk out of my classroom by using the knowledge learned to be a better or happier partner, parent, caregiver, sibling, and/or friend. I see building agency and self-efficacy in students an important part of my teaching, especially for research methods classes. I believe it is important to create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment for students from diverse backgrounds to learn knowledge and skills.

Personal website: https://xiaoransun.github.io/

Research and Discovery

Current research projects include (1) families and adolescents in the digital context: the Family Screenome Project; (2) machine learning for research on family experiences and youth achievements; and (3) family processes and gender dynamics in ethnic minority families.

For more details for my research, please visit https://xiaoransun.github.io/pages/Research.html

Honors and Awards

2021 – 2022 Microsoft Azure Computing Award, Stanford Data Science
2020 – 2021 Scholarship, Stanford Data Science Scholars Program
2017 – 2018 Traineeship, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training – Big Data Social Science (BDSS-IGERT) Training Program, National Science Foundation (Grant DGE-1144860) 2015 – 2016 University Graduate Fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University
2014 Li & Fung Scholarship, University of Hong Kong
2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship (First-class), Zhejiang University
2012 National Academic Scholarship, Ministry of Education of P. R. China

Selection Publications and Presentations

See CV for complete list

Publications

  1. Sun, X.,* Updegraff, K. A.,* McHale, S. M., Hochgraf, A. K., Gallagher, A. M., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2021). Implications of COVID-19 school closures for sibling dynamics among Latinx children in the U.S.: A prospective, daily diary study. Developmental Psychology, 57, 1708-1718.

  2. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2021). Implications of Mexican-origin youth’s work experiences for relationships with fathers. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 27, 796-807.

  3. Skinner, O. D., Sun, X., & McHale, S. M. (2021). Links between marital and parent–child relationship in African American families: A dyadic approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 35, 1086-1096. 

  4. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2020). Career adaptivity mediates longitudinal links between parentadolescent relationships and young adult occupational attainment. Developmental Psychology, 56, 2309-2321. 

  5. Sun, X., Ram, N., & McHale, S. M. (2020). Adolescent family experiences predict young adult educational attainment: A data-based cross-study synthesis with machine learning. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 2770-2785.

  6. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Crouter, A. C. (2020). Perceived underemployment and couple relationships among African American parents: A dyadic approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26, 82-92. 

  7. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2019). Sibling experiences in middle childhood predict sibling differences in college graduation. Child Development, 90, 25-34. 

  8. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2019). Sibling dynamics in adolescence predict young adult orientations to couple relationships: A dyadic approach. Journal of Adolescence, 77, 129-138.

  9. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., & Jones, D. E. (2017). Longitudinal links between work experiences and marital satisfaction in African American dual-earner couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 31 (Special Issue: Advances in Methods and Measurement in Family Psychology), 1029-1039. 

  10. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2017). Maternal and paternal resources across childhood and adolescence as predictors of young adult achievement. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 100, 111-123.

Presentations

  1. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Updegraff, K. A. (2019, November). Career adaptivity mediates longitudinal links between parent-adolescent relationships and young adult occupational attainment. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Fort Worth, TX.

  2. Sun, X. & Wang, Y. (2021, November). Typology of research on families and technology: A systematic review. Paper presented at the TCRM conference at the National Council on Family Relations, virtual conference.

  3. Sun, X., Updegraff, K. A., McHale, S. M., Hochgraf, A. K., Gallagher, A. M., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2021, April). Implications of COVID-19 school closures for sibling dynamics among Latinx children: A daily diary study. Paper presented at the 2021 SRCD Virtual Biennial Meeting.

  4. Sun, X., Reeves, B., Ram, N., Cho, M. J., Fitzgerald, A., & Robinson, T. N. (2020, November). Pulling closer or pushing away? Ambivalence in the dynamics between young adults and parents in the digital context. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations, virtual conference.

  5. Sun, X., Robinson, T. N., Ram, N., Reeves, B., Cho, M. J., Chiatti, A., Lee, J., Roehrick, K., Yang, X., & Fitzgerald, A. (2020, July). Parent-young adult communication in the digital world: A Screenomics paradigm. Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), virtual conference.

  6. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., Updegraff, K. A., & Umaña-Taylor, A. J. (2019, November). Implications of Mexican-origin youth’s work experiences for relationships with fathers. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations, Fort Worth, TX.

  7. Sun, X., & Ram, N. (2019, March). Family experiences in adolescence predict young adult educational attainment: A machine learning approach. Paper presented at Biennial Meeting of Society for Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

  8. Sun, X., Chi, G., Yin, J., & McHale, S. M. (2018, October). Sibling interactions and shared interests on Twitter: Analyses of a selected sibling sample based on archived Twitter data. Paper presented at SRCD Special Topics: Conference on the Use of Secondary and Open Source Data in Developmental Science, Phoenix, AZ.

  9. Sun, X., McHale, S. M., & Crouter, A. C. (2018, June). Perceived underemployment among African American spouses: Implications for couple relationships. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of Work and Family Researchers Network, Washington, D.C.

  10. Sun, X., & McHale, S. M. (2018, April). Sibling dynamics in adolescence predict young adult orientations to couple relationships: A dyadic approach. Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of Society for Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN