Assistant Professor of Human Development teaches courses in child, adolescent, and adult development.  She received her Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Hsu has held a variety of positions in educational settings, including as a tutor in Americorps, afterschool settings, and a medium security prison; a consultant for an inner city charter school; an assistant professor of psychology at a community college; and a teaching fellow for graduate students in education. Her primary research interest is in how young adults’ self-concepts are shaped by various attachment figures and how self-concepts are integrated into a coherent identity.  Her second line of research focuses on how the psychological process of aging can affect physical measures, and how reframing one’s thoughts about aging can improve one’s mental and physical health.  

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Faculty Facts

  • Part of what influenced me to study human development was my experience moving frequently as a child and understanding how my identity was shaped by different contexts and individuals.  Each town I lived in was quite different from the one I lived in before it.  I became interested in how identity was both fluid and stable, which was reflected in the impermanence of my surroundings.  Being biracial also influenced my interest in identity, especially how other people both influence and are influenced by our self-concept.

  • I am from Southern California where I lived in eight different towns during my childhood until I moved away for college.  I am an urban nomad!  

  • “The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

    Albert Einstein


  • “This great physicist who won a Nobel prize said that everyday when he got home, his dad asked him not what he’d learned in school, but his dad said, ‘Did you ask any great questions today?’  And I always thought what a beautiful way to educate kids.  That we’re excited by their questions and not by our answers and whether they can repeat our answers.  I so believe in people’s curiosity.  I so believe in the fact that we’re somehow born to love the truth; that we’ll find it, and there are going to be a lot of different ways of doing it.”

    Diane Sawyer

  • “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington

  • My favorite season is summer because that is what I was used to year round growing up!  I love warm weather because I can be outdoors.  I like taking walks and having lunch in the park with friends.