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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

814-867-6488
sub1164@psu.edu

Introduction

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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Recent Publications

Examining within- and between-person facets of negative affect and associations with daily craving among young adults in substance use disorder recovery

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

Reciprocal influences among marital relationship, parent–adolescent relationship, and youth depressive symptoms

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

Defensive mindset: A pattern of social information processing that develops early and predicts life course outcomes

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

Internalizing symptoms among Taiwanese adolescents in poverty: Longitudinal influences of neighborhood, family, and school

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

Outdoor recreation as an asset for youth development in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

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

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent, child, and family functioning

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

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