Sandra Tang

Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

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Dr. 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.