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Dr. Crystal Tran Dr. Crystal Tran Assistant Professor
Psychology
713/525-3197

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Dr. Crystal D. Tran’s areas of research include developmental psychology, particularly in light of child development, cognition, cross-cultural comparisons, language, and learning. She can speak on topics regarding child psychology, statistical analysis, research methods, human growth and development, and cognitive psychology.

Areas of Expertise
Bilingualism, Child Development, Culture, Executive Function, Statistical Analysis

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Developmental Psychology - University of Houston (2015)
  • Master of Arts - Psychology - University of Houston (2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Psychology - University of Houston (2008)

Publications

  • "A Longitudinal Study on Early Executive Function: The Influence of Culture and Bilingualism."
    Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
    Cambridge University Press (2018)
  • "Differential effects of bilingualism and culture on early attention: A longitudinal study in the U.S., Argentina, and Vietnam."
    Frontiers in Psychology
    Frontiers (2015) Vol. 6 Page 1-15
  • "Semantic facilitation in bilingual first language acquisition."
    Cognition
    Elsevier (2015) Vol. 140 Page 122-134
  • "Semantic Network Structure in Bilingual and Monolingual First Language Acquisition."
    Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    Cognitive Science Society (2014) Page 200-205
  • "Honoring different ontological boundaries: The role of language in category formation."
    Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    Cognitive Science Society (2012) Page 2457-2462
  • "Inhibition and adjective learning in bilingual and monolingual children."
    Frontiers in Psychology
    Frontiers (2011) Vol. 2 Page 1-14
  • "Attentional control and early word learning."
    Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    Cognitive Science Society (2010) Page 2627-2632

Language Skills

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Vietnamese