Maricela Correa-Chavez
Resarch Assistant Professor


  • Parent involvement
  • Race and diversity

Maricela Correa-Chávez received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1999 and her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005. She was subsequently at the Graduate School of Education at UCLA, where she was an AERA/Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellow. Correa-Chávez’s research examines learning as a cultural activity tied to people’s participation in community traditions and institutions like school. The focus is on the different cultural ways children use attention in learning, social interaction and communication. She also examines how patterns of attention are related to family participation in community traditions and institutions across generations. Her work with children from a number of different cultural communities takes place in schools and community organizations both in the U.S. and Latin America.