Christina Chin-Newman

Associate Professor

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-4570
MI 3063
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Dr. Chin-Newman is interested in creativity and the arts, especially youth arts participation and social relationships.  Her experience playing musical instruments (piano, harp, and Javanese gamelan) has inspired her research.  In addition, she began her career teaching in community college and that experience has motivated her to study transfer students’ transition to the four-year university.

To learn more about her research, please visit the website of the Arts, Creativity & Education (ACE) Lab:


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


Spring Quarter 2015
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
HDEV 414001Theories Of ChildhoodARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
HDEV 414002Theories Of ChildhoodARR WEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books


Harrington, D. M., & Chin-Newman, C. S. (in press). Making art as a creative process: The importance of imagination, freedom and skills for talented high school students.  In F. Bastos & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Art Education and Creativity, to be published by the National Art Education Association.

Chin-Newman, C. S., & Shaw, S. T. (2013). The anxiety of change: How new transfer students overcome challenges. Journal of College Admission, 221, 14-21.

Chin-Newman, C. S. (2013). The mother of all baby books: An all-Canadian guide to your baby’s first year (2nd ed.) [Book review]. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, 4(2), 188-90.

Chin-Newman, C., Min, S., & Fleming, K. (2011). The Diversity Mural Project: A partnership between the university and the community. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5(6), 105-116.

Chin, C. S., & Harrington, D. M. (2009). InnerSpark: A creative summer school and artistic community for teenagers with visual arts talent. Gifted Child Today, 32(1), 14-22.

Chin, C. S., & Harrington, D. M. (2007). Supporting the development of musical talent. Gifted Child Today, 30(1), 40-47, 65.

Chin, C. S. (2003). The development of absolute pitch: A theory concerning the roles of individual cognitive style and early music training. Psychology of Music, 31, 155-171.


Chin-Newman, C., & Shaw, S. (2014, April). Transfer student transitions: Support and engagement. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Portland, OR.

Shaw, S., Chin-Newman, C., & Li, X. (2013, April). Transfer student adjustments: The role of social support. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Reno, NV.

Chin-Newman, C., Shaw, S., & O’Neal, K. (2012, April). Family and peer context of adolescents’ participation in the arts. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA.

Shaw, S. T., & Chin-Newman, C. S. (2011, May). Big 5 personality traits of adolescents involved in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. Paper presented at the 11th annual Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference in Palo Alto, CA.

Chin-Newman, C. (2011, March). Creativity in the lives of high school students talented in the visual arts. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Art Education Association in Seattle, WA.

Chin, C. S. (2008, April). How talented teenagers’ musical involvement can improve their family relationships. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Music Educators National Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Grant Awards

First 5 Alameda County Program Grants

  Bachelor’s Degree for Early Childhood Education Providers (2009-10)

  Coordination of Early Childhood Development Option & ECE Minor (2007-09)

  Coordination of Early Childhood Option in Human Development (2007)

CSUEB Faculty Support Research Grants

  Transfer Students During Their First Year at CSUEB (2012-13)

  The Diversity Mural Project (2008-09)

  Exploring the Worlds of Talented Adolescent Music Composers (2007-08)

  The Family Context of Adolescent Participation in the Arts (2006-07)


Invited Guest Speaker

  Kidz Planet Learning Centers/Moms Club, Pleasant Hill (2012)

  Psychology Club, Chabot College (2011)

  Ethnic and Cultural Diversity class, Moreau Catholic High School (2008)

Community Service

  Early Childhood Development Advisory Committee, Chabot College (2013)

  Transitional Kindergarten meeting, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (2011)

  East Bay Community Foundation Scholarship Committee (2007-11)

  Coordinator, Diversity Mural Project, Hayward (2009)

University Service

  Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee (replacement) (2014)

  Search Committee for Director of Online Campus (2013-14)

  Academic Senate (2010-12)

  Committee on Honorary Degrees (2008-10)

  Faculty in Residence for Early Career Faculty Programs (2008-09)

  Faculty in Residence for Enhancing Classroom Teaching (2007-08)

  Committee for Awarding Osher Reentry Scholarships (2006-09)

Professional Service

  Conference Proposal Reviewer – American Educational Research Association, Society for Research in Child Development

  Ad Hoc Reviewer – International Journal of the Arts in Society, Psychology of Music

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