Texas Tech University

Wonjung Oh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Studies

Email: wonjung.oh@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7736

Office: HS 301G

Wonjung Oh

Research Focus

Child Development and Relationships Laboratory

My research interests focus on change patterns of social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence, and relationship processes in family and peer. I am interested in how individual children and families change and what contributes to adaptive or maladaptive change patterns.

Developmental cascading effects encompass the processes by which early social and emotional difficulties manifest in serious dysfunctional patterns of behavior and relationship across lifespan development. To examine these developmental cascades, my program of research includes basic and applied studies of social and emotional development in childhood and family processes, with a specific interest in risk and protective factors for adaptive and maladaptive behavior across developmental transitions and transitional periods in family and school environments.

Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Tech University, I completed Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychology and Women and Infants Mental Health Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I worked on several NIH longitudinal studies across the transitions in the family environments (perinatal, postpartum, and the birth of a second child). I received my Ph.D. in Human Development and a Graduate Certificate (doctoral minor) in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I worked on a NIMH longitudinal

study that focused on the development of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors and family and peer relations across the transitions from elementary school to middle school to high school.

I have always been interested in applications of my research. Our research seeks to address applied research questions pertaining to developmental cascades from early childhood into later development that can eventually inform well-timed and targeted intervention efforts that could interrupt dysfunctional cascade effects and promote positive cascades over time.

I actively seek novel, innovative approaches to address applied research questions pertaining to developmental and family processes, and the manner in which child, family and peer factors facilitate children's developmental outcomes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social and Emotion Development
  • Peer and Family Relationships; Parenting (Mothers and Fathers); Sibling Relationships
  • Developmental Pathways and Change Patterns of Social Behavior, Affective Regulations and Relationships
  • Resiliency and Vulnerability across Transitions in Family and School Environments (Perinatal/Postpartum Transitions, Parenthood, Birth of Child, School Transitions)
  • Cultural and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Longitudinal, Multi-level, Innovative Quantitative Methods

Selected Publications

Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Oh, W., Yu, T., Rosenberg, L., Song, J., Thomason, E., Kuo, P. X., Safyer, P., Beyers-Carlson, E., & Stevenson, M. (2017). Developmental Trajectories of Children's Adjustment across the Transition to Siblinghood: Pre-Birth Predictors and Sibling Outcomes. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 1-216.doi/10.1111/mono.v82.3/issuetoc

 

Oh, W., Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Rosenberg, L., & Song, J. (2017). II. Methods and procedures for the Family Transitions Study. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 26–45. doi:10.1111/mono.12308

 

Volling, B. L., Oh, W., & Gonzalez, R. (2017).  III. Stability and change in children's emotional and behavioral adjustment after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 46–52. doi:10.1111/mono.12309

 

Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Yu, T., & Oh, W. (2017).  IV. Developmental trajectories of children's aggressive behaviors after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 53–71. doi:10.1111/mono.12310

 

Song, J., Oh, W., Gonzalez, R., Volling, B. L., & Yu, T. (2017).  V. Developmental trajectories of children's attention problems after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 72–81. doi:10.1111/mono.12311

 

Thomason, E., Oh, W., Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., & Yu, T. (2017).  VI. Developmental trajectories of children's anxiety and depression after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 82–92. doi:10.1111/mono.12312

 

Kuo, P. X., Volling, B. L., Gonzalez, R., Oh, W., & Yu, T. (2017).  VII. Developmental trajectories of children's emotional reactivity after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 93–105. doi:10.1111/mono.12313

 

Oh, W., Song, J., Gonzalez, R., Volling, B. L., & Yu, T. (2017).  VIII. Developmental trajectories of children's withdrawal after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 106–117. doi:10.1111/mono.12314

 

Beyers-Carlson, E., Stevenson, M., Gonzalez, R., Oh, W., Volling, B. L., & Yu, T. (2017). IX. Developmental trajectories of children's somatic complaints after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 118–129. doi:10.1111/mono.12315

 

Safyer, P., Stevenson, M., Gonzalez, R., Volling, B. L., Oh, W., & Yu, T. (2017).   X. Developmental trajectories of children's sleep problems after the birth of a sibling. Monographs of theSociety for Research on Child Development, 82 (3), 130–141. doi:10.1111/mono.12316

Oh, W., Muzik, M., McGinnis, E., Hamilton, L., Menke, R. & Rosenblum, K. L. (2016). Comorbid trajectories of postpartum depression and PTSD among mothers with childhood trauma history: course, predictors, processes and child adjustment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 200, 133-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.04.037

Shah, P., Kaciroti, N., Richards, B., Oh, W., & Lumeng, J. C. (2016). Developmental Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants from Infancy to Kindergarten. Pediatrics, 138(2):e20153496. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-3496

Oh, W., Volling, B. L., & Gonzalez, R. (2015). Trajectories of children's social interactions with their infant sibling in the first year: A multidimensional approach. Journal of Family Psychology29 (1), 119-129. doi:10.1037/fam0000051

 

Volling, B., Oh, W., Gonzalez, R., Kuo, P. X., & Yu, T. (2015). Patterns of marital relationship change across the transition from one child to two: Testing models of family stress and resilience. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4 (3), 177-197.  doi:10.1037/cfp 0000046

Dayton, C. J., Walsh, T. B., Oh, W., & Volling, B. (2015). Hush now baby: Mothers' and fathers' strategies for soothing their infants and associated parenting outcomes. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 29 (2), 145-155. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.09.001

 

Volling, B., Yu, T., Gonzalez, R., Kennedy, D. E., Rogenberg, L., & Oh, W. (2014). Children's responses to mother–infant and father–infant interaction with a baby sibling: Jealousy or joy?. Journal of Family Psychology, 28 (5), 634-644. doi:10.1037/a0037811

McDonald, K. L., Dashiell-Aje, E., Rubin, K. H., Oh, W., & Bowker, J. W. (2013). Contributions of Racial and Socio-Behavioral Homophily to Friendship Stability and Quality among Same-Race and Cross-Race Friends. Journal of Early Adolescence, 33 (7), 897-919. doi: 10.1177/ 0272431612472259

Booth-LaForce, C., Oh, W., Kennedy, A.E., Rubin, K.H., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Laursen, B. (2012).        Parent and Peer Links to Trajectories of Anxious Withdrawal from Grades 5-8. Journal of             Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,41(2), 138-149.       doi:10.1080/15374416.2012.651995

Menzer, M. M., Oh, W., McDonald, K. L., Rubin, K. H., & Dashiell-Aje, E. (2010). Behavioral Correlates of Peer Exclusion and Victimization of East Asian-American and European-American Young Adolescents. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 1, 290-302doi:10.1037/a0022085

Oh, W., Rubin, K. H., Bowker, J. W., Booth-LaForce, C. L., Rose-Krasnor, L.,  & Laursen, B. (2008). Trajectories of social withdrawal from middle childhood to early adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36 (4),553-566. doi:10.1007/s10802-007-9199-z

Booth-LaForce, C. L., Oh, W., Kim, A. H., Rubin, K. H., Rose-Krasnor, L., & Burgess, K. B. (2006). Attachment, self-worth, and peer-group functioning in middle childhood. Attachment and Human Development, 8(4), 309-325.  doi: 10.1080/14616730601048209

Links

Research Website:

Child Development and Relationships Lab

Research Gate:

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wonjung_Oh

BioSocial Methods Collaborative:
http://biosocialmethods.isr.umich.edu/


Human Development and Family Studies