Lynn Okagaki, PhD

Major Interests and Activities

  • Dr. Okagaki's research focuses on parenting and children's school achievement in minority families and on parental socialization of beliefs and values. In addition, she examines the development of ethnic identity among minority children and adolescents. Currently she is conducting a study on Socialization of Family Values. The goal of this research is to better understand the beliefs parents have about how children develop beliefs and values and how parents can encourage their children's development.

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

Representative Publications

  • Okagaki, L. (2001). Parental beliefs, parenting style and children's intellectual development. In E. L. Grigorenko & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Family environment and intellectual functioning: A life-span perspective (pp. 141-172). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.

  • Okagaki, L. (2001). Triarchic model of minority children's school achievement. Educational Psychologist, 36(1), 9-20.

  • Okagaki, L., & Diamond, K. E. (2000). Responding to cultural and linguistic differences in the beliefs and practices of families with young children. Young Children, 55(3), 74-80.

  • Okagaki, L., & Moore, D. K. (2000). Socialization of ethnic identity in families of Mexican descent. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 22(2), 139-162.

  • Okagaki, L., & Bevis, C. (1999). Transmission of religious values: Relations between parents' and daughters' beliefs. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 160, 303-318.

  • Okagaki, L., Hammond, K. A., & Seamon, L. (1999). Socialization of religious beliefs. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 20, 273-294.

  • Okagaki, L., Diamond, K. E., Kontos, S. J., & Hestenes, L. L. (1998). Correlates of young children's interactions with classmates with disabilities. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 13, 67-86.

  • Okagaki, L., & Frensch, P. A. (1998). Parenting and children's school achievement: A multi-ethnic perspective. American Educational Research Journal, 35(1), 123-144.

  • Okagaki, L., Frensch, P. A., & Dodson, N. E. (1996). Mexican-American children's self-perceptions and school achievements. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 18(4), 469-484.

  • Okagaki, L., Frensch, P. A., & Gordon, E. W. (1995). Encouraging school achievement in Mexican-American children. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 17(2), 160-179.

  • Bernardo, A. B. I., & Okagaki, L. (1994). The roles of symbolic knowledge and problem information context in solving word problems. Journal of Educational Psychology, 86(2), 212-220.

  • Okagaki, L., & Frensch, P. A. (1994). Parental support for Mexican-American children's school achievement. In H. I. McCubbin, E. A. Thompson, A. I. Thompson, & J. E. Fromer (Eds.), Resiliency in ethnic minority families: Native and immigrant American families. (Vol. 1, pp. 325-342). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin System.

  • Okagaki, L., & Frensch, P. A. (1994). Effects of video game playing on measures of spatial performance: Gender effects in late adolescence. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 15(1), 33-58.

  • Okagaki, L., & Sternberg, R. J. (1994). Perspectives on kindergarten: Rafael, Vanessa, and Jamlien go to school. Childhood Education, 71(1), 14-19.

  • Okagaki, L., & Sternberg, R. J. (1993). Parental beliefs and children's early school performance. Child Development, 64(1), 36-56.

  • Okagaki, L., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.). (1991). Directors of development: Influences on the development of children's thinking. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Lynn Okagaki

Professor Emerita of Developmental Studies

(PhD, Cornell University)

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