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Phone: 4157

Michael Giang - PhD

Associate Professor, Department Chair, Counseling Psychology, Psychology

PhD, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, General Experimental Psychology, California State University at Northridge
BA, Psychology; Minor in English, University of California, Los Angeles



  • Giang, M., Kafai, Y., Fields, D., & Searle, K. (2012). Social interactions in virtual worlds: Patterns and profiles of tween relationship play. In J. Fromme & A. Unger (Eds), Computer games and new media culture: A handbook of Digital Games Studies.
  • Tynes, B., Garcia, E., Giang, M., & Coleman, N. (2011). The racial landscape of social network sties: forging identity, community, and civic engagement. I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 7(1), 71-100.
  • Giang, M. & Graham, S. (2008). Using latent class analysis to identify aggressors and victims of peer harassment. Aggressive Behavior, 34 (2), 203 213
  • Giang, M., & Wittig, M. (2006).  Implications of adolescents’ acculturation strategy for personal and collective self-esteem. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 12 (4), 725-739.
  • Kafai, Y. & Giang, M. (2008) Virtual playgrounds: Children’s multi-user virtual environments for playing and learning with science. In T. Willoughby & E. Wood (Eds), Children’s Learning in a Digital World (196-217). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Tynes, B., Giang, M.. Williams, D., & Thompson, G (2008) Online Racial Discrimination and Psychological Adjustment among Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 43(6), 565-569
  • Tynes, B., Giang, M.. & Thompson, G (2008) Ethnic identity, intergroup contact, and out group orientation among diverse groups of adolescents on the Internet. CyberPsychology and Behavior. 11(4), 459-465.
  • Kafai, Y., Feldon, D., Fields, D. A., Giang, M., & Quintero, M. (2007). Life in the time of Whypox: A virtual epidemic as a community event. In C. Steinfield, B. Pentland, M. Ackerman, &. N Contractor (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies (pp. 171-190). New York: Springer.
  • Wittig, M., Molina, L., Giang, M., & Ainsworth, A. (2007). Responding to racial/ethnic diversity: A mutual acculturation model of prejudice reduction. In R. Brown, D. Capozza, & O. Licciardello (Eds), Immigrazione, accculturazione, modalita di contatto (pp. 214-232).  Rome, Italy: Franco Angeli.
  • Molina, L., Wittig, M., & Giang, M. (2004). Mutual acculturation and social categorization: A comparison of two perspectives on intergroup bias.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relation,7(3), 239-285.

Conference Proceedings and Reports:

  • Fields, D. A., Giang, M. T., & Kafai, Y. B. (November, 2014) Programming in the Wild:  Patterns of Computational Participation in the Scratch Online Social Networking Forum. In C. Schulte, M. Caspersen, & J. Gal-Ezer (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education. New York: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Fields, D., Giang, M. & Kafai, Y. (2013). Understanding collaborative practices in the Scratch online community: Patterns of participation among youth designers. To see the world and a grain of sand: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2013), Volume 1, Full Papers. International Society of the Learning Sciences: Madison, WI