Thao Ha is a developmental psychologist. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on the development of adolescent and early adult romantic relationships. Ha investigates how partner choices, relationship dynamics, and break-ups among heterosexual and sexual minority youth affect their emotional (e.g., depression) and behavioral (e.g., sexual risk behaviors, substance use, and truancy) adjustment over time. The goal of this research is to better understand why some adolescents are highly vulnerable to their relationship experiences. From a larger societal context, Professor Ha is interested in the impact of culture, ethnicity, and SES on relationship development and adjustment outcomes. Understanding risk and resilience among youth within their romantic relationships will inform prevention and intervention strategies to promote healthy relationships and transitions.
Ph.D. Developmental Psychopathology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2013
M.Sc. Developmental Psychopathology (Cum Laude), Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2006
M.A. Developmental Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2004
B.S. Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2003