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Zehua Cui

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Room 208, 105 Foster Road (Pound Hall), Health Science Campus
Athens, GA 30606




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.A. English Shanghai University 2012
A.M. Social Work University of Chicago 2014


My research focuses on examining youth behavioral and socioemotional outcomes as well as the development of resilience in the context of adversity.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship University of Georgia 2017

Current Classes

HDFS 3700 (Undergraduate class) Adolescent Develpoment (co-teaching)

Current Research

My current research is on understanding how youth develop future orienatation and how future orientation protects youth against engagement in risky behaviors as well as promote positive development. In addition, I am currently looking at how neighborhood envionrment impacts youth development of risks and resilience. 

Job Description

Zehua is a 4th-year doctoral student in Human Development and Family Science. Her research focuses on examining youth behavioral and socio-emotional outcomes as well as the development of resilience in the context of adversity. She is particularly interested in the influence of family and neighborhood context on positive youth development. She is the current lab coordinator at Youth Development Institute directed by Dr. Assaf Oshri.

Interesting fact: Zehua is very good at badminton. She also has a penchant for vinegar-forward foods that are very spicy.


Cui, Z., Oshri, A., Liu, S., Smith, P. E., Kogan, S. M. (2020). Child maltreatment and resilience: The promotive and protective role of future orientation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-020-01227-9

Liu, S., Cui, Z., Duprey, E.B., Kogan S.M., & Oshri, A. (2020). Adverse parenting is indirectly linked to delayed reward discounting via blunted RSA reactivity: the protective role of a shift-and-persist coping strategy. Adversity and Resilience Science. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42844-020-00012-8.   

Oshri, A., Duprey, E.B., Cui, Z., Liu, S. (under review). Individual and relational future orientation among emerging adults: Development and Validation of a New Measure. Emerging Adulthood.

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