Associate Professor 

Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Department of Psychology

Currently accepting students for Fall 2015

Phone: 617-573-8017
Fax: 617-367-2924
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 636H


  • PhD, Brown University
  • BA, Cornell University

Specialty Areas

Developmental Psychology (Social & Emotional), At-risk Youth, Culture & Immigration, Identity & Mixed Methods.

How do cultural and social contexts like immigration influence youth development? How do adolescents navigate competing cultural contexts (e.g., home, school, peers) as they form their identities? How can every day social settings such as schools and peer groups promote positive development among at-risk youth? My students and I are interested in exploring person-context interactions such as these, particularly within vulnerable populations. Vulnerability can come in many forms – through poverty, discrimination from being a “minority” group member, or through legal status as an undocumented immigrant, for example. Learning about how children and adolescents from vulnerable groups thrive (or don’t thrive) is a central goal of our research. Because many of our research questions are process and context oriented in nature, our lab draws from a variety of mixed qualitative-quantitative methodological techniques. We also rely heavily on positive youth development and resiliency perspectives to inform our work. Graduate students in my lab have recently applied these methodological and theoretical orientations to dissertation topics related to adolescent female sexual identity development, health behaviors and outcomes among immigrant youth, characteristics of the college context which support ethnic minority student retention, and drug misuse patterns among ethnic minority adolescents.

Selected Publications

Conn, B. M., Marks, A. K., & Coyne, L. (In Press). Too many cooks in the kitchen? A three-generation study of child-rearing experiences and parent and child well-being among Chinese-origin immigrant families. Research in Human Development, 10(4).

Garcia Coll, C., & Marks, A. K. (In Press). The Immigrant Paradox in Children and Adolescents: Is becoming American a developmental risk? Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Marks, A. K., Patton, F., & Garcia Coll, C. (2011) Being Bicultural: A mixed-methods study of adolescents’ implicitly and explicitly measured multiethnic identities. Developmental Psychology, 47(1), 270-288. PDF

García Coll, C., & Marks, A. K. (2009). Immigrant stories: Ethnicity and academics in middle childhood. New York: Oxford University Press.

Marks, A. K., & García Coll, C. (2007). Psychological and demographic correlates of early academic skill development among American Indian and Alaska Native youth: A growth modeling study. Developmental Psychology, 43(3), 663-674.

Courses Taught

PSYCH 334 - Adolescent Development
PSYCH 428 - Psychology Honors Seminar
PSYCH 722 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology I
PSYCH 723 - Graduate Statistics in Psychology II