Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
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.
- Ahmed, Sammy F.; Tang, Sandra; Waters, Nicholas E. and Davis-Kean, Pamela E. (2018). Executive Function and Academic Achievement: Longitudinal Relations from Early Childhood to Adolescence. Journal of Educational Psychology.
- Tang, Sandra; Davis-Kean, Pamela E.; Chen, Meichu and Sexton, Holly R. (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; Mcloyd, Vonnie C. and Hallman, Samantha K. (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.
- Davis-Kean, Pamela E. and Tang, Sandra (2015). Parenting with Digital Devices. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.:Hoboken, NJ.
- Tang, Sandra and Davis-Kean, Pamela E. (2015). The Association of Punitive Parenting Practices and Adolescent Achievement. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(6), 873-883.
- Tang, Sandra (2015). Social Capital and Determinants of Immigrant Family Educational Involvement. The Journal of Educational Research, 108(1), 22-34.
- Dearing, E. and Tang, Sandra (2013). . In Weiss,H. B.; Lopez,M. E.; Kreider,H. and Chatman-Nelson,C. (Ed.), Preparing Educators to Involve Families: From Theory to Practice. Sage:Thousand Oaks, CA.
- Tang, Sandra; Dearing, Eric and Weiss, Heather B. (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.
- Tang, Sandra; Coley, Rebekah L. and Votruba-Drzal, Elizabeth (2012). Low-Income Families’ Selection of Child Care for their Young Children. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(10), 2002-2011.
- Dearing, E. and Tang, Sandra (2010). . 131-157. In Christenson,S. and Reschly,A. L. (Ed.), Handbook on School-Family Partnerships. Taylor & Francis:New York, NY.