Faculty Profiles

Dr. Tony Tan

Professor, Educational Psychology

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Email: tan@usf.edu
Phone: (813) 974-6496

Dr. Tan earned his Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology in 2004 from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His doctoral training was on childhood trauma, risk and resilience.

Dr. Tan's research is informed by developmental and cultural theories on human development. Since graduate school, his research has been on the long-term development of children who were adopted from China and who are growing up in the US and Canada. He uses large-scale, multi-phase, and multi-informant methods to obtain longitudinal data on the adoptees’ social-behavioral adjustment from adoptive parents, teachers and adopted youth themselves. In recent years, Dr. Tan has expanded his research to study early adversity, China-to-US immigrant and Chinese children’s mental health and academic functioning.

Dr. Tan has served on many students’ dissertation committees. As an advisor, he enjoys working with motivated Ph.D. students who are interested in topics related to adoption, immigration, mental health, psychological trauma, and academic functioning. He is currently accepting Ph.D. students.

Recent Publications

Tan, T. X., Liu, Y., Damjanovic, V., Ledford, E., & Li, G. (2021). Inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity and academic competence: Findings from three cohorts. British Journal of Educational Psychology. e12439. doi:10.1111/bjep.12439