April 8, 2021

025 // Sunny Bai, PhD // Parenting Tips for Adolescents

025 // Sunny Bai, PhD // Parenting Tips for Adolescents

Child Psychologist and Professor Sunny Bai joins us to share her perspectives and tips for raising happy and confident Korean American adolescent children. Fun fact: Sunny is Jerry's sister in law!

Child Psychologist and Professor Sunny Bai joins us to share her perspectives and tips for raising happy and confident Korean American adolescent children. Fun fact: Sunny is Jerry's sister in law!

Sunhye "Sunny" Bai is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her MPH degree from UC Berkeley in 2010, specializing in Maternal and Child Health, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA in 2017, where she also completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship. Her research broadly focuses on adolescent development in the context of daily family and school life. This work integrates human development, family studies and clinical and health research, and relies heavily on naturalistic measures of youth and family functioning including daily diaries, passive audio/video recordings, and actigraphy.

Her research is in three related areas. First, she studies how youths’ day-to-day experiences at home and at school impact their mental health. These “day-to-day experiences” encompass ups and downs in emotions, sleep, health behaviors, and most importantly, family interactions. Second, her current research examines how parents adapt their caregiving approaches in the face of adolescent behavioral health concerns. Third, her work examines how modifiable health behaviors shape the course of internalizing problems, such as depression. Together, this research will help to better identify innovative strategies to enhance parent-child interactions and increase family strengths to promote health in adolescents.

Connect with Sunny: https://hhd.psu.edu/contact/sunhye-sunny-bai

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Dr. Jang Cho is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cho is passionate about treatment, education and advocacy for mental health of Asian Americans and has given talks in various seminars and conferences, both locally and nationally. She is a co-founder and a co-chair for Asian Caucus of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a faculty member of the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. During her down time, Dr. Cho enjoys living in rural Washington state and navigating the challenges of raising her bicultural young daughter. She is delighted to share her journey - both the joy and the tribulation- of motherhood with everyone through this podcast.

She is a mother to an amazing four-year old daughter and together with her husband reside in Washington state.

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Jerry Won is the Founder & CEO of Just Like Media, a podcast company dedicated to sharing Asian American stories. He is the host of Dear Asian Americans and is producer of The Janchi Show, MBAsians, and Asian Podcast Network. Jerry is also the head of Beyond the Resumes, a podcast and community platform bringing career and life advice for the global, modern professional. Prior to podcasts, Jerry was an account director and WeWork and Senior Strategy Consultant at Accenture, roles he worked after earning his MBA at Michigan Ross. Between undergrad at USC and Michigan, he spent 10 years working in sales and marketing roles in various industries. His passion is to share Asian American stories and to normalize talking about many of the things we weren't encouraged to do growing up.

He is father to a three-year old son and one-year old daughter and together his wife Kyung live in Southern California.

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