Dr. Vaishali V. Raval

Teaching Interests:

My theoretical approach to teaching and research is interdisciplinary, grounded in developmental psychopathology and clinical science, and informed by cultural psychology, psychological anthropology, and South Asian Studies. I utilize a student-centered, inquiry based approach to teaching that aims to facilitate critical thinking, integration of scholarly knowledge with life experiences, a deep appreciation of multiple perspectives and diverse views, and an understanding of human behavior and pathology as intricately tied to varying contexts. The undergraduate courses that I recently taught include PSY 210 (Psychology across Cultures), PSY 345 (Childhood Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities), and PSY 410 (Capstone in Clinical Psychology: Culture and Psychopathology). Graduate courses that I recently taught include PSY 605 (Multicultural Topics in Clinical Psychology Syllabus), PSY 740 (Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology), PSY 750 (Child/Adolescent Psychosocial Interventions Practicum), and PSY 647 (Psychological Assessment II).

Research Interests:

Within the field of clinical developmental psychology, we know a great deal about how children develop, the parenting practices that promote healthy child development, and those that compromise children’s well-being in White middle-class families in the United States (US). However, relatively little is known about parenting, normal development, and psychopathology in other cultural groups. My research strives to address this gap. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and mixed-methods, I study cultural differences in parenting and socialization practices, and their implications for normal and atypical child development. I also investigate mechanisms (i.e., children’s self construal, emotion regulation) through which different parenting styles and socialization practices lead to different child outcomes across cultures. Much of this work has focused on families in India, Indian immigrant families in the US, and White middle-class families in the US with youth across the developmental spectrum (early and middle childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood).  Please see the lab website for current research projects.

Professional Recognition:

  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Young Scholar Travel Award (2008)
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago (2004-2006)
  • Governor General of Canada’s Gold Medal (for achieving the highest academic standing at the graduate level across all departments and faculties at the University of Windsor) (2005)
  • American Psychological Association Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Outstanding Dissertation Award (2005)

Representative Publications:

* denotes graduate student; ** denotes undergraduate student

Raval, V. V., Raval, P. H., **Salvina, J., **Wilson, S., & Writer, S. (in press). Mothers’ socialization of children’s emotion in India and United States:  A cross- and within-culture comparison. Social Development.

**Wilson, S., Raval, V. V., Raval, P. H., **Salvina, J., & Panchal, I. N. (2012). Emotional expression and control in school-age children in India and United States. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 58 (1), 50-76.

Raval, V. V. & Martini, T. S. (2011). ‘Making the child understand:” Socialization of emotion in urban India. Journal of Family Psychology, 25 (6), 847-856.

 Raval, V. V., Raval, P. H., &  *Raj, S. P. (2010). Damned if they flee, doomed if they don’t: Narratives of runaway adolescent females from rural India. Journal of Family Violence, 25 (8), 755-764.

Raval, V. V., Martini, T. S., & Raval, P. (2010). Methods of, and reasons for, emotional expression and control in children with internalizing, externalizing, and somatic problems in urban India. Social Development, 19 (1), 93-112.

Raval, V. V. (2009). Negotiating conflict between personal desires and others’ expectations in lives of Gujarati women. Ethos, 37 (4), 489-511.

Raval, V. V., & Martini, T. S. (2009). Maternal socialization of children’s anger, sadness, and physical pain in two communities in Gujarat, India. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 33 (3), 215-229.

Related Links:

Culture and Family Relations Lab
Asian /Asian American Studies Program
Center for Qualitative Inquiry
Center for School-Based Mental Health