Xuan Li

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Email: xuanli@nyu.edu

Room 1248

Office Phone: +86 (21) 20595239

Homepage Link: https://shanghai-nyu.academia.edu/XuanLi

Xuan Li is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai, and is an affiliated member of NYU-ECNU Institute for Social Development, and Department of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was research associate at German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut), Munich, Germany . She holds a PhD and a MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology from University of Cambridge, and undergraduate degrees in Germanistik and Psychology from Peking University.

Professor Li ’s research focuses on fatherhood, parent-child interactions and relationships, and children and adolescents’ socioemotional development in contemporary Chinese societies. She is also interested in general issues pertaining to human development, family research, and gender studies. She has authored several book chapters on family and parent-child relations in China, and her work has appeared in interdisciplinary journals such as Cross-Cultural Research and China Quarterly. She is currently completing a monograph Chinese Fatherhood: Ideals, Involvement, Interactions, and Influences, to be published by Routledge.

Professor Li is the recipient of John & Beatrice Whiting Memorial Award for Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies, Society for Cross-Cultural Research (2012). She is affiliated to professional bodies such as Society for Research on Child Development and International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and had served on the Student Advisory Committee of International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection from 2012 to 2015.

Research interests

  • Fatherhood
  • Parent-child interactions and relationships
  • Socioemotional development
  • Contemporary China

Recent Publications

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Li, X. & Zerle-Elsäßer, C. (2017, April). The Determinants of Active Fatherhood: Individual, Couple and Family Characteristics. Paper presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, Texas. 
  • Li, X. (2017, April). Predictors an Outcomes of mothering and fathering practices in urban China. Paper presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Austin, Texas. 
  • Li, X. , Huang, C.-Y., & Shen, A. C.-T. (2016, July). The influences of dating and academic performance on adolescent adjustment in contemporary Chinese societies. Paper presented at Biennial Meeting the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Vilnius, Lithuania.  (Co-chair of symposium “Culture and Social adjustment: Perspectives from the Study of Chinese Youth”)

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Psychology (Fall)
  • Cultures of Psychology (Spring)
  • Adolescent Development (starting from Spring 2018)

Media Writings and Appearances 


  • PhD, Psychology
    University of Cambridge, 2015
  • MPhil, Social and Developmental Psychology
    University of Cambridge, 2010
  • BA, German Language and Literature
    Peking University, 2009
  • BA (Double Degree), Psychology
    Peking University, 2009


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • German