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Hi! Thanks for visiting my page to learn more about me. My name is Xiao-Yin Chen, but most know me as “Yin.” I am currently a doctoral student in the Applied Cognition and Development program at the University of Georgia.


Before this, I obtained my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where I also graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Go cats!

I grew up in a small coal mining town in eastern Kentucky, Appalachia, where my parents own a local Chinese restaurant. My experiences growing up in an isolated region as a first-generation Chinese American inspires much of my research interests.

Specifically, I am interested in understanding how the context of being “minoritized” can influence students’ motivational beliefs in college. Throughout my own schooling, I experience several settings in which I was unable to see peers, mentors, teachers, or other social models that I could relate to. So, I want to better understand how being the only person in the room that looks or feels like you, might influence how capable you think you are, whether or not you feel like you belong, and how motivated you are. Understanding these relationships might also help educational researchers to develop social psychological interventions that may be used to reduce educational achievement gaps!

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