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Michael Giang - PhD

Associate Professor, 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


Michael T. Giang’s research blends education and social developmental psychology. His major interests include 1) the impact digital technologies and online interactions for learning science and computer programming among tweens, 2) the link between acculturation strategies and adjustment among adolescents and young adults, and 3) peer harassment in middle schools. In addition, he has experience conducting program evaluations research for education, community needs, and science programs for underrepresented groups.


  • 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