Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: (718) 260-5741
Department: (718) 260-5500
Office: N621
Office hours: T,THUR 5-6 pm or by appointment.


Pa Her is an Associate Professor in the Department of of Social Science  at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT) of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her  research  interests focuses on three, interrelated areas: (1) socialization of beliefs and behaviors across cultures, (2) parent-child relationships, and (3) the effects of family background and culture on social, emotional and academic development. As an underrepresented,  female minority and a first generation Hmong American to receive her doctorate, Dr. Her is keenly aware of mentoring experiences and has served on the Undergraduate Research Committee since entering City Tech in 2009. Beside teaching and research, Dr. Her is also Senior Personnel on the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at City Tech where she is charged with Strengthening Research Interactions through Digital Expression-STRIDE for underrepresented minorities students in the biomedical sciences. Dr. Her earned a Ph.D. in Developmental and Biological Psychology degree from Virginia Tech and her BA degree in Psychology from Fresno State in California. Prior to joining City Tech, Dr. Her was a Research Associate under Project Director Manya Walton in Washington D.C. where she worked on the evaluation of two Magnet charter high-schools in Chicago, IL. She also developed and analyzed quantitative and qualitative surveys and delivered focus-groups that tested various instructional methods. You may also find more information about Dr. her by visiting her OpenLab profile,  City Tech website, and vita.

Featured Publications

Egues, A.L., Benakli, N., & Her, P. (2016). Innovatively socializing the next
generation of faculty in the quest for excellence. In Dominguez, N., & Gandert, Y. (Eds).
8th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings. New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence and Innovation. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico.

Vang, P. D. & Her, P. (2014). Teenage Marriage among Hmong American Women. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 1091-1359.

Her, P. , Dunsmore, J.C., & Stelter, R. L. (2012). Parents’ beliefs about emotions and children’s self-construals in African American, European American, and Lumbee American Indian families. Global Studies of Childhood, 2, 129-143.

Her, P. & Dunsmore, J.C. (2011). Parental beliefs about emotions are associated with early adolescents’ independent and interdependent self-construals. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 35, 317 – 328.

Dunsmore, J.C., Her, P., Halberstadt, A. G., & Perez-Rivera, M.B. (2009). Parents ’ beliefs are linked to their emotional experience and encoding and to children’s decoding of parents in middle childhood. Journal of Nonverbal Processes, 33, 121-140.

Singelis, T. M., Aaker, J., Bhawuk, D. P. S., Gabrenya, W., Gelfand, M., Her., P., Harwood, J., Tanaka- Matsumi, J., &Vandello, J. (2009). Exploring ethnic group and geographical differences for social axioms in the USA. In K. Leung & M. H. Bond (Eds.), Psychological Aspects of Social Axioms (pp.81-93). New York: Springer.

Singelis, T.M., Yamada, A. M., Barrio, C., *Harrison-Laney, J., Her, P., Ruiz-Anaya, &Terwilliger-Lernertz, S. (2006). Metric equivalence of the Bidimensional Acculturation Scale, the Satisfaction with Life Scale and the Self-Construal Scale across Spanish and English language versions. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 28, 231-244.

Dr. Her teaches several courses in the Social Science department and serves on several committees. She also has mentored research students through the Emerging Scholars program. Originally from Thailand, raised in California, and now a resident of Brooklyn, NY.