Sunhye (Sunny) Bai
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies; Karl R. and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professor for the Study of Families
Sunhye Bai's research broadly focuses on adolescent development in the context of daily family and school life. This work integrates human development, family studies and clinical and health research. Specifically, she studies how youth's day-to-day experiences impact their mental health, including depressive and anxiety symptoms. These “day-to-day experiences” encompass ups and downs in emotions, sleep, health behaviors, and social interactions. In addition to studying daily stress processes at home and at school, she is very interested in identifying innovative strategies to enhance parent-child interactions and increase family strengths to promote health in adolescents. Her research relies heavily on naturalistic measures of youth and family functioning – both objective and subjective – including daily diaries, passive audio/videorecordings, and actigraphy.
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Chiang, S., Knapp, K., Bai, S., Cleveland, H. H., & Harris, K.S. (2022). Examining within- and between-person facets of negative affect and associations with daily craving among young adults in substance use disorder recovery. Addiction Research & Theory. https://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2022.2102611
Chiang, S., & Bai, S. (2022). Reciprocal influences among marital relationship, parent–adolescent relationship, and youth depressive symptoms. Journal of Marriage and Family. Advance online publication. https://doi-org.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/10.1111/jomf.12836
Dodge, K. A., Bai, Y., Godwin, J., Lansford, J. E., Bates, J. E., Pettit, G. S. & Jones, D. E. (2022). Defensive Mindset: A Pattern of Social Information Processing that Develops Early and Predicts Life Course Outcomes. Child Development. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13751
Chiang, S., & Bai, S. (2022). Internalizing symptoms among Taiwanese adolescents in poverty: Longitudinal influences of neighborhood, family, and school. Journal of Adolescence, 94(3). https://doi-org.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/10.1002/jad.12030
Reed, K.B., Hanna, S., Bai, S., & Agans, J.P. (2022). Outdoor recreation as an asset for youth development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 14(1). https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2022-V14-I1-11167
Feinberg. M.E., Mogle. J.A., Lee, J.K., Tornello, S.L, Hostetler, M.L. Cifelli. J.A., Bai, S., Hotez, E. (2021). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent, child, and family functioning. Family Process. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12649