Annabelle Atkin, PhD

Research Interests

Race and racism, Multiracial and Asian American race-related development, racial-ethnic socialization in the family context, racial-ethnic identity, stereotype internalization (e.g., model minority myth), racial discrimination and coping, mental health and well-being, critical racial consciousness development among diverse youth and young adults (i.e., awareness of systemic racism, the belief that one can affect change, and engagement in action to address racial inequities).


I joined Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the fall of 2021. Prior to that, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University for one year. I graduated with my PhD in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University in 2020.

My primary research interests are in the race-related development of Multiracial and Asian American adolescents and young adults. I am interested in understanding processes and experiences related to racial-ethnic socialization, racial-ethnic identity, and discrimination, examining how these factors interact to affect health and well-being. I also study the racial attitudes, critical consciousness, and racial-ethnic socialization experiences of diverse individuals in efforts to understand the factors that motivate people to work towards achieving racial justice.

My work is interdisciplinary, informed by the fields of psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, and communication. I utilize both quantitative and qualitative methods, and enjoy developing measures to provide scholars with tools to assess important race-related constructs.

In addition to my research, I serve on the editorial board of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and am actively involved in the Asian American Psychological Association and Critical Mixed Race Studies.

In the News

12/02/21   Tamron Hall Show: Two experts weigh in on what it is like to grow up Multiracial in America

09/14/21   Op-Ed in Medical News Today: Multiracial identities and resilience to racism: The role of families

Selected Publications

(Full list of publications) *Denotes student mentee

  • Atkin, A.L., Yoo, H.C., White, R.M.B., Tran, A.G.T.T., & Jackson, K.F. (2021). Validation of the Multiracial Youth Socialization (MY-Soc) Scale among racially diverse Multiracial emerging adults. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.

  • Atkin, A.L., Jackson, K.F., White, R.M.B., & Tran, A.G.T.T. (2021). A qualitative examination of familial racial-ethnic socialization experiences among diverse Multiracial American emerging adults. Journal of Family Psychology. Advance online publication.

  • Atkin, A.L., & Jackson, K.F. (2020). “Mom, you don’t get it”: A grounded theory examination of Multiracial youths’ perceptions of parent support. Emerging Adulthood, Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1177/2167696820914091.

  • Atkin, A.L., Christophe, N.K., Yoo, H.C., Gabriel, A.K., Wu, C., & The LOVING Study Collaborative (in press). The development and validation of the Familial Support of Multiracial Experiences Scale. The Counseling Psychologist.

  • Atkin, A.L., Yoo, H.C., Jager, J., & Yeh, C.J. (2018). Internalization of the model minority myth, school racial composition, and psychological distress among Asian American adolescents. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 9(2), 108-116. Doi: 10.1037/aap0000096.

  • Atkin, A.L., & Yoo, H.C. (2020). Patterns of racial-ethnic socialization in Asian American families: Associations with ethnic identity and connectedness. Journal of Counseling Psychology, Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1037/cou0000435.

  • Atkin, A.L., & Tran, A.G.T.T. (2020). The moderating roles of ethnic identity and meta-stereotype awareness in the racial discrimination-psychological adjustment link for Asian Americans at predominantly White universities. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 26(4), 498-508. Doi: 10.1037/cdp0000323.

  • Matriano, R.*, Atkin, A.L., Yoo, H.C., & Gabriel, A.K. (in press). Implications of internalizing the model minority myth for critical consciousness among Asian American college students. Asian American Journal of Psychology.

  • Yoo, H.C., Atkin, A.L., Seaton, E. K., Gabriel, A.K., Parks, S.J. (2021). Development of a Black Lives Matter Measure among ethnically/racially diverse college students. American Journal of Community Psychology. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12498.

  • Atkin, A.L., Yoo, H.C., & Yeh, C.J. (2019). What types of racial messages protect Asian American adolescents from discrimination? A latent interaction model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 66(2), 247-254. Doi: 10.1037/cou0000297.


  • Diversity in Individual and Family Life (HDFS 280)


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, 2021, Arizona State University, Sociology

  • PhD, 2020, Arizona State University, Family and Human Development

  • BA, 2012, University of Connecticut, Psychology and Asian and Asian American Studies

Annabelle Atkin
Assistant Professor

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

(PhD, Arizona State University)

Hanley Hall, Room 235
Purdue University
1202 West State St.
West Lafayette, Indiana  47907-2055

Phone: 765-494-2941


Google Scholar

 Multiracial Families Project


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