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Teru Toyokawa

Associate Professor of Psychology

Teru Toyokawa
Ramstad Hall - Room 101
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  • Ph.D., Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • M.A., Psychology, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), 1991
  • B.A., Psychology, Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), 1989

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Developmental and Adolescent Psychology


I am interested in children’s and adolescents’ socialization across different cultural contexts. My current research focuses on adolescents’ work socialization and identity development among ethnic minority groups, and Asians and Asian Americans in particular. I am also interested in how adolescents make the transition from school to work in different societies and how this transition may influence areas in adult life such as career and family formation. As part of this line of research, currently, I have been studying adolescents’ conceptualization of adulthood in the U.S. and Japan.