Christina Chin-Newman

Associate Professor

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-4570
MI 3063
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Christina Chin-Newman, a developmental psychologist, specializes in music and child development. A Bay Area native, she was just another Chinese American kid who grew up playing the piano and planning to go to medical school after graduating from UC Berkeley. Instead, she discovered that she loved the science of studying human behavior. She happily spent her days as a graduate student at Harvard and UC Santa Cruz learning about how cultural context affects human development, while also learning how to play the harp and the Indonesian musical instruments of a Javanese gamelan ensemble. Dr. Chin-Newman’s research on artistic and musical talent has been published in Gifted Child Today, and Psychology of Music. She regularly presents her work at conferences such as the Society for Research in Child Development, and the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Dr. Chin-Newman teaches courses on child development, intimate relationships, social and emotional development, and cognitive development.


  • Ph.D.,University of California, Santa Cruz (Developmental Psychology)
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley


Spring Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
HDEV 414001Theories Of ChildhoodARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
HDEV 481204Senior Research Seminar IIARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
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