Laura M. Hsu

Academic Title

  • Assistant Professor, Human Development

Additional Titles

  • Affiliate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Institute

Administrative Support

  • Attachment
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Identity
  • Self-Concept
  • Self-Integration

My 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. My 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.

  • Ed.D. Human Development and Psychology Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ed.M. Human Development and Psychology Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A. Psychology University of California, Berkeley
  • Attachment
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Identity
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-Concept
  • Self-Integration
  • (EDU 2130) Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics
  • (HDE 1000) Introduction to Human Development

Hsu, L. M., Bercovitz, K., & Langer, E. J. (2016). “Mindfulness.” In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Wiley-Blackwell.

Gehlbach, H., Brinkworth, M. E., King, A., Hsu, L., & Rogers, T. (2016). “Creating Birds of Similar Feathers: Leveraging Similarity to Improve Teacher-Student Relationships and Academic Achievement.” Journal of Educational Psychology, 108, 342-352.

Hsu, L. M., & Mascolo, M. F. (2015). “Interactive Teaching.” In W. G. Scarlett (Ed.), “Classroom Management:  An A-to-Z Guide” (pp. 431-434). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Hsu, L. M., & Langer, E. J. (2013). “Mindfulness and Cultivating Well-being in Older Adults.” In I. Boniwell, S. David, & A. C. Ayers (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Happiness (pp. 1026-1036). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Selected Speaker, Last Lecture, Merrimack College, 2016.
  • Inducted Member, Omicron Delta Kappa, Merrimack College, 2016.
  • Selected Speaker, Psi Chi Induction Ceremony, Merrimack College, 2014.