Tranistions book cover shows children raising hands in classroomPsychology Professor Amy Marks was awarded the Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book from the Society for Research on Adolescence for Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants.

Immigrant children and the children of immigrants face unique developmental challenges as they navigate two distinct cultures at once. With no expert guides to lead them through the process, they find themselves acting as guides for their parents.

Transitions, co-edited by Marks, Carola Suárez-Orozco and Mona M. Abo-Zena, takes an interdisciplinary perspective as it considers how personal, social, and structural factors interact to determine a variety of trajectories of development. The editors have curated contributions from experts on topics covering ecologies, processes, and outcomes of development pertinent to immigrant-origin children.

Marks, Suárez-Orozco, and Abo-Zena were honored in March at an award ceremony in in Baltimore.

Among the plaudits for the book was this from Professor Pedro A. Noguerao f New York University: “This important new book humanizes the experience of immigrant youth by illuminating how they cope with the numerous challenges they face in adjusting to a new country and culture. Insightful, informative and thought provoking, this book will be an invaluable resource to those who seek to move beyond the headlines to understand the experience of immigrant youth."