Lixian Cui

Lixian Cui
Assistant Professor of Psychology, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Assistant Professor, NYU
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Lixian Cui is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai, a faculty affiliate in the NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development at NYU Shanghai, also in the Department of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and in the Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education (CRCDE) at NYU. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. from Sun Yat-sen University, and a B.S. from Southwest China Normal University. 

Professor Cui’s research focuses on child and adolescent social and emotional development in various contexts, with a focus on emotion socialization in family, school, peer, and cultural contexts. Particularly, Cui is interested in physiological measures of stress and emotion (e.g., respiratory sinus arrhythmia, skin conductance, heart rate, cortisol) during social interactions. A second line of Cui’s research concerns mental health and family dynamics among LGBT youth and young adults. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific journals such as Child Development, Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and Parenting: Science and Practice.

Cui is an ad hoc reviewer for the Child Development, Developmental Science, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Adolescence, Biological Psychology, Developmental Psychobiology, Infant and Child Development, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, among others. He is a member of Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). He has also been a reviewer for American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 student research awards.

Research Interests

  • Social and emotional development
  • Parenting, parent-child relationships
  • Emotion regulation and socialization
  • Psychophysiology of emotion and stress


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  • PhD, Human Development
    Oklahoma State University
  • MS, Applied Psychology
    Sun Yat-sen University