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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Julia Dmitrieva

Dr. Dmitrieva is interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2020. She will review applications from students applying to either Affective/Social/Cognitive, Clinical, or Developmental Psychology programs.

Areas of expertise/Research interests

  • effects of social context on adolescent antisocial behavior
  • development of psychosocial maturity and parenting
  • cross-cultural differences in adolescent development
  • genes and behavior

Current research and projects

Girls in Transition Study
We are currently interviewing girls who have been referred to the juvenile justice system.  This ongoing project will:

  1. Identify different developmental subtypes of female adolescent offenders.
  2. Identify distinct socio-biological pathways that contribute to different offender subtypes.
  3. Examine the role of romantic partners in the girls' initiation and desistance from antisocial behavior
  4. Examine participants' experiences with naturally-occurring mentors and their effects on the youths' behavioral and psychological adjustment.

Transition to College Study
This study will examine how youths navigate their transition into college life. Of special interest to us are the issues of changes in parent-youth relationships, the role of earlier (adolescent) experiences in predicting college adjustment, as well as plasticity and transition to college as a turning point in youths' lives.

Other Investigations
In addition to these projects, we are also testing multiple research questions using nationally representative samples, such as Adolescent Health data and National Educational Longitudinal Study.

Professional work synopsis

I am interested in how social and cultural contexts influence adolescent development. The questions that we study in my lab focus on identifying:

  • individual differences in the developmental trajectories of various adolescent outcomes (e.g., antisocial behavior and academic achievement);
  • determining how individual psychological and biological traits predict these individual differences; and
  • exploring how social and cultural context can modify developmental trajectories.


  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, 2006
  • MA, University of California, Irvine, 2002

Selected Publications

  • Dmitrieva, J., Monahan, K., Cauffman, E., & Steinberg, L. (2012). "Arrested development: The effects of incarceration on the development of psychosocial maturity." Development and Psychopathology, 24, 1073-90.
  • Dmitrieva, J., Chen, C., Greenberger, E., Ogunseitan, O., & Ding, Y-C. (2011). "Gender-specific expression of the DRD4 gene on adolescent delinquency, anger, and thrill seeking." Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6, 82-89.
  • Dmitrieva, J., Chen, C., & Greenberger, E. (2008). "Whither the 'Whiz Kids' went:
  • Asian American students' transition to college." In G. Li and L. Wang (Eds.), Model Minority Myths Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Demystifying Asian American Education Experiences. Charlotte, N.C.: Information Age Publishing.
  • Dmitrieva, J., Steinberg, L., & Belsky, J. (2007). "Child-care history, classroom composition and children's functioning in kindergarten." Psychological Science, 18,1032-1039.
  • Dmitrieva, J., Chen, C., Greenberger, E., & Gil-Rivas, V. (2004). "Family relationships and adolescent psychosocial outcomes: Converging findings from Eastern and Western cultures." Journal of Research on Adolescence, 14, 425-448.