M.A. and Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Heejung Park (B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A. and Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles) is a cultural psychologist whose research interest centers on human development in diverse social and cultural contexts. She primarily investigates how cultural values, immigration, and socioeconomic characteristics shape child and youth behavior, family relations, and parenting. Her work also focuses on understanding adaptation and adjustment of individuals in situations of social change. To assess significance of various cultural factors, Professor Park often compares individuals of the same ethnicity residing in different ecological settings (e.g., rural Korean, urban Korean, Korean American) and considers native- and host-country contexts for immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her research methodology spans fieldwork, interview, survey, and analysis of big data; more recent expansion of her work includes the use of wrist actigraphy to assess sleep and its health implications in diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups. She received training in developmental psychology and in the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development.