Carmen Kho, PhD

Assistant Professor  

Office Phone(701) 231-1823 

Developmental Science Program

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Education and Training

Postdoctoral Scholar, T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychological Sciences (with a focus in Developmental Psychology)
University of California, Merced
Merced, CA

Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (First Class Honors)
UCSI University


HDFS 341 Parent-Child Relations
HDFS 250 Research Methods
HDFS 230 Lifespan Development
HDFS 435 Contexts of Socioemotional Development
HDFS 805 Research Methods and Scholar Development in Human Sciences

Core Areas

Context and Diversity, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, Socioemotional Development

Research Interests

I apply a cultural-ecological framework to examine how cultural, family, and other contextual influences intersect with socio-emotional development of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. My research takes a normative development approach and examines developmental processes with careful consideration of contexts in which they take place (e.g., family, neighborhoods, immigrant receiving context) and the timescale in which these processes occur (e.g., moment-to-moment, day-to-day, across years). 

Current Projects

  • Context and Wellbeing of First Generation College Students
  • Culture in Daily Life (focus on Latinx individuals)

Selected Publications

Kho, C., White, R., Zhao, C., Knight, G., & Roche, K. (2023). Familism and psychological adjustment of Latinx adolescents in an emerging immigrant community: A five wave longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology.

Kho, C., Zawadzki, M., & Main, A. (2023). Relations between social environment and moment-to-moment variation in self-construal among Latinx emerging adults: An ecological momentary assessment approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Kho, C., White, R. M. B., Knight, G. P., Zhao, C., & Roche, K.M. (2022). Parental Warmth and Developmental Change in Familism Values: Latinx Adolescents in an Emerging Immigrant Community. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Kho, C., Main, A., & Rote, W. (2021). Maternal psychological control and mother-adolescent conflict discussion quality: Different perceptions are key. Journal of Family Psychology.

White, R., Kho, C., & Nair, R. (2021). U.S. Mexican adolescent well-being in the context of neighborhood white concentration. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Main, A., Kho, C., Miramontes, M., Wiebe, D., Cakan, N., & Raymond, J. (2021). Parents’ empathic accuracy: Associations with type 1 diabetes management and familism. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. https://doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jsab073

Hussain, M., Kho, C, Main, A., & Zawadzki, M. (2021). Horizontal collectivism moderates the relationship between in-the-moment social connections and well-being among Latino/a college students. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

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