Personality Development Lab

Dr. Cheung’s research focuses on emotion processes and self-regulation. These topics are approached from both developmental and social psychology perspectives. For example, she has studied various forms of self-regulation in families in order to examine whether these abilities are transmitted across generations, whether the mechanism of transmission is nature and/or nurture, and how these abilities matter to a person's life in terms of cognitive and social functioning. She has also studied the role emotions played in the aftermath of 9/11 and found that anger was the linchpin emotion in public support for war. Emotion regulation is one of the solutions she advocates to change future interstate behavior.