Research Investigator, Population, Neurodevelopment, & Genetics
Sandra Tang's program of research focuses on the role of the family in shaping children's educational success, especially for those children who grow up in risky contexts. In particular, she is interested in using longitudinal data to understand the extent to which cultural, socioeconomic and environmental factors shape family socialization processes, and in turn, the extent to which those processes relate to children's academic outcomes. Ultimately, the goal of her work is to identify mechanisms that promote individual differences within risky contexts as a means of identifying potential policy and intervention targets for supporting positive development of children and youth growing up in disadvantaged environments.
- Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Scoping Study to Support the Use of Social Science Data for Policy. (Sandra Tang) 2019-2019. Economic & Social Research Council.
- Linking Additional Years of Geographic Data on Food Accessibility to the PSID. (Sandra Tang, Natalie Colabianchi, Pamela E. Davis-Kean) 2017-2018. Clark R. Smith Family Foundation.
- Economic and Social Research Council Longitudinal Study Review. (Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Sandra Tang) 2016-2018.
- Linking Geographic Data on Food Accessibility to the PSID. (Sandra Tang, Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Natalie Colabianchi) 2016-2018. Clark R. Smith Family Foundation.
- Dynamic Links Between Risk Factors, Substance Use, and Consequences: Ages 18-35. (Megan E. Patrick, John E. Schulenberg, Rebecca Evans-Polce, Sandra Tang) 2015-2018. NIDA.
- Tang, Sandra, and Megan E. Patrick. Forthcoming. "Technology and interactive social media use among 8th and 10th graders in the U.S. and associations with homework and school grades." Computers in Human Behavior
- Ahmed, Sammy F., Sandra Tang, Nicholas Waters, and Pamela E. Davis-Kean. 2019. "Executive function and academic achievement: Longitudinal relations from early childhood to adolescence." Journal of educational psychology 111(3): 446-458. US: American Psychological Association.
- Tang, Sandra, and Megan E. Patrick. Forthcoming. "A latent class analysis of adolescents' technology and interactive social media use: Associations with academics and substance use." Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies
- Tang, Sandra, Pamela E. Davis-Kean, Meichu Chen, and Holly R. Sexton. 2016. "Adolescent Pregnancy's Intergenerational Effects: Does an Adolescent Mother's Education Have Consequences for Her Children's Achievement?" Journal of Research on Adolescence 26(1): 180-193.
- Tang, Sandra, Vonnie C. Mcloyd, and Samantha K. Hallman. 2016. "Racial Socialization, Racial Identity, and Academic Attitudes Among African American Adolescents: Examining the Moderating Influence of Parent-Adolescent Communication." Journal of Youth and Adolescence 45(6): 1141-1155. New York, Netherlands, New York: Springer Science & Business Media.
- Davis-Kean, Pamela E., and Sandra Tang. 2015. "Parenting with Digital Devices." in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
- Tang, Sandra. 2015. "Social Capital and Determinants of Immigrant Family Educational Involvement." The Journal of Educational Research 108(1): 22-34. Routledge.
- Tang, Sandra, and Pamela E. Davis-Kean. 2015. "The association of punitive parenting practices and adolescent achievement." Journal of Family Psychology 29(6): 873-883. US: American Psychological Association.
- Joshi, P. K., Kathy Taylor, Lesli Jo Scott, Jennifer A. Smith, Sharon R. Kardia, Sandra Tang, David R. Weir, Yan Chen, et al. 2015. "Directional dominance on stature and cognition in diverse human populations." Nature 523: 459-462.
- Dearing, E., and Sandra Tang. 2013. "Marcosystem theory: The promise of parent-school partnerships for narrowing the poverty achievement gap." in Preparing educators to involve families: From theory to practice, edited by Weiss, H. B., Lopez, M. E., Kreider, H., Chatman-Nelson, C. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Tang, Sandra, Rebekah Levine Coley, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal. 2012. "Low-income families' selection of child care for their young children." Children and Youth Services Review 34(10): 2002-2011.
- Tang, Sandra, Eric Dearing, and Heather B. Weiss. 2012. "Spanish-speaking Mexican-American families' involvement in school-based activities and their children's literacy: The implications of having teachers who speak Spanish and English." Early Childhood Research Quarterly 27(2): 177-187.
- Dearing, E., and Sandra Tang. 2010. "The home learning environment and achievement during childhood." Pp. 131-157 in Handbook on school-family partnerships, edited by Christenson, S., Reschly, A. L. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.