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Annabelle Atkin

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Multiracial and Asian American race-related development, racial-ethnic socialization, racial-ethnic identity, racial-ethnic discrimination, mental health and well-being, critical racial consciousness development

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Culture and Diversity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Interpersonal Relations


Dr. Atkin’s primary research interests are in the race-related development of Multiracial and Asian American adolescents and young adults. She is interested in understanding processes and experiences related to racial-ethnic socialization, racial-ethnic identity, and discrimination, examining how these factors interact to affect health and well-being. She also studies the racial attitudes, critical consciousness, and racial-ethnic socialization experiences of diverse individuals in efforts to understand the factors that motivate people to work towards achieving racial justice. Dr. Atkin runs the Antiracism, Resistance, Identity, Socialization, and Equity (ARISE) lab, which involves undergraduate and graduate research assistants to study these topics.

Dr. Atkin utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work, and develops measures to provide scholars with tools to assess important race-related constructs. In addition to her research, she serves on the editorial board of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.


Accepting graduate student applications for the December 1, 2023 deadline.


  • PhD, 2020, Arizona State University
  • BA, 2012, University of Connecticut


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Science Consortium

Current Courses

  • HDFS 280 - Diversity in Individual and Family Life

Selected Publications

  • Atkin, A.L., Christophe, N.K., Stein, G.L., Gabriel, A.G., & Lee, R.M. (2022). Race terminology in the field of psychology: Acknowledging the growing Multiracial population of the US. American Psychologist, 77(3), 381–393.
  • Atkin, A.L. & Ahn, L. (2022). Profiles of racial socialization messages from mothers and fathers and the colorblind and anti-Black attitudes of Asian American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51, 1048–1061.
  • Atkin, A.L., Yoo, H.C., White, R.M.B., Tran, A.G.T.T., & Jackson, K.F. (2022). Validation of the Multiracial Youth Socialization (MY-Soc) Scale among racially diverse Multiracial emerging adults. Journal of Family Psychology, 36(1), 13-22.
  • Atkin, A.L., Jackson, K.F., White, R.M.B., & Tran, A.G.T.T. (2022). A qualitative examination of familial racial-ethnic socialization experiences among diverse Multiracial American emerging adults. Journal of Family Psychology, 36(2), 179-190.
  • Atkin, A.L., & Yoo, H.C. (2019). Familial racial-ethnic socialization of Multiracial American youth: A systematic review of the literature with MultiCrit. Developmental Review, 53, 1-28.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Asian American Psychological Association Early Career Contributions to Research Award - 2023
  • Kinley Trust Award - March, 2023
  • Center for Families Burkhart Fellowship - March, 2022
  • Health and Human Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Small Grant - May, 2022

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Society for Research on Child Development
  • American Psychological Association Division 45 for the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race
  • Asian American Psychological Association
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies

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