Marie-Anne Suizzo

Marie-Anne Suizzo

Associate Professor

Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506A
Thursday: 1:30 - 3:30
and by appointment.

(512) 471-0379

(512) 471-1288

Courses of Instruction
Child and Adolescent Social and Cognitive Development, EDP385 (Graduate Course)
Culture, Child Development, and Education, EDP391 (Graduate Seminar)
Adolescent Development, EDP363 (Undergraduate Course)
Applied Human Learning, ALD328 (Undergraduate Teacher Education Course)

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1294
UT Mail Code: D5800

Full Vita
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I am interested in how parent-child relationships shape children's and adolescents' development and learning across cultures and ethnic groups.


B.A., Georgetown University

M.A., Stanford University

Ed.D., Harvard University, Human Development and Psychology

Representative Publications

Suizzo, M.-A., Pahlke, E., Romero, S., Yarnell, L., & Chen, K.-Y. (In press). Home-Based parental involvement in young children’s learning across U.S. ethnic groups: Cultural models of academic socialization. Journal of Family Issues

Suizzo, M.-A., Jackson, K., Pahlke, E., Marroquin, Y., & Martinez, A. (2012). Pathways to achievement: How low-income Mexican-origin parents promote their adolescents through school. Family Relations, 61, 533-547.

Suizzo, M.-A., Robinson, C. R., & Pahlke, E. (2008). African American mothers' socialization beliefs and goals with young children: Themes of history, education, and collective independence. Journal of Family Issues. 29(3), 287-316.

Rochlen, A. B., Suizzo, M.-A., Scaringi, V., & McKelley, R. A.  (2008). “I’m just providing for my family:” A qualitative study of stay-at-home-fathers. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 9(4), 193-206.

Suizzo, M.-A., Chen, W.-C., Cheng, C.-C., Liang, A., Contreras, H., Zanger, D., & Robinson, C. (2008). Parental beliefs about young children’s socialization across U.S. ethnic groups: Coexistence of independence and interdependence. Early Child Development and Care.

Recent Awards

  • Spencer Foundation Research Grant. $40,000. Awarded for period: January 1, 2008 - August 31, 2011. Project: Pathways from Parental Socialization to Children's Achievement: A Study of Resilience in Low-Income Mexican American and African American Families.
  • Research Grant. $5,990. The University of Texas at Austin, Office of the Vice President for Research. Awarded for period: September 1 - August 31, 2004. Project: Mothers’ Educational Beliefs and Practices: A Cross-Cultural Study of Young Children’s Home Learning Environments

Current Research Projects and Grants

Pathways from Parental Socialization to Children's Achievement: A Study of Resilience in Low-Income Mexican American and African American Families

Parental and Ethnic Group Influences on the Adjustment of Mexican American and African American College Students

Research Interests and Expertise

Cultural models of parenting during early childhood and adolescence

Fathering and father-child relationships across cultures and ethnic groups

Parental academic socialization and its effects on children's and adolescents’ academic motivation and achievement, especially among at-risk youth

Parental racial and ethnic socialization and its effects on the development of ethnic minority children

Parental education effects on children’s development and achievement, especially during school transitions (kindergarten, middle school, and college)