Faculty Biography

Ana Marcelo

Ana Marcelo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508)793-7738
Email: amarcelo@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Marcelo earned her bachelor's degree in psychology/law and society in 2009 and her doctorate in developmental psychology in 2016 from the University of California, Riverside. She has been at Clark since 2016.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Marcelo's research examines the influence of risk and protective factors on child development across diverse ecological contexts with particular emphases on culture and adversity. Her first research interest examines children's pretend play, creativity, and emotional expressiveness as related to their socioemotional and academic adjustment in different contexts (e.g., school, peers, home). Her second interest focuses on ethnic-racial identity in early childhood and its influence on children's experiences of their race-ethnicity, particularly in relation to encounters with bias and discrimination. These two complementary lines of research converge in her effort to clarify how developmental processes vary in form and/or meaning as a function of the broader ecological contexts in which they occur.

Dr. Marcelo is currently teaching courses on developmental psychology and looks forward to teaching courses related to child development, development of pretend play and creativity, cultural influences on development, and early experience of race and ethnicity.

Recent Publications

Marcelo, A. K., & Yates, T. M. (2014). Prospective relations among preschoolers' play, coping, and adjustment as moderated by stressful events. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 35(3), 223-233.

Yates, T. M., & Marcelo, A. K. (2014). Through race-colored glasses: Preschoolers' pretend play and teachers' ratings of preschooler adjustment. Early Childhood Research Quarterly29(1), 1-11.

Marcelo, A. K., & Huynh, Q.-L. (2013). Ethnicity. In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Marcelo, A. K., & Huynh, Q.-L. (2013). Multiculturalism. In K. D. Keith (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.