Professor Cui’s research focuses on child and adolescent social and emotional development in various contexts, with a particular focus on emotion temporal dynamics (e.g., anger, sadness, empathy, guilt) and stress psychophysiology (e.g., respiratory sinus arrhythmia, skin conductance, heart rate, cortisol) during social interactions. Cui is also interested in emotion socialization in family, school, peer, and cultural contexts, including the impacts of parenting, classroom climate, peer relationships, cultural values, and genes. A second line of Cui’s research concerns mental health and family dynamics among LGBT population in China context. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific journals such as Child Development, Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and Parenting: Science and Practice.
Cui is an ad hoc reviewer for the Child Development, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, JournalofAbnormalChildPsychology, JournalofResearchonAdolescence, Merrill-PalmerQuarterly, theJournalofEarlyAdolescence, and BritishJournalofDevelopmentalPsychology among others. He is a member of Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), and also a member of review panels for both SRA and SRCD biennial meetings.