Eunjoo Jung

Graduate Director (co-chair)
Associate Professor

Dr. Jung’s focuses on examining the transactions among home, school, and cultural environments that impact child outcomes. The focus in this area is to understand the academic achievement and socioemotional competences of children from diverse contexts. Dr Jung explores how family, parenting, and school factors affect children’s capacity to cope with environmental situations and succeed. Enhancing this capacity is important for children who face the challenge of adjusting to cultural differences and critical environmental functions in their efforts to achieve educational success. Helping children to meet this challenge is the main driver for her research, teaching, and professional activities.


Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, Childhood Education, Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal, USA, 2004

M.A. Educational Psychology, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, 1981

B.A. Educational Psychology, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea, 1981


Child development; childhood education; learning and schooling; parenting practices and school success; home, school environment, and educational success; families, parenting, and schooling across cultures.

Research Focus

Dr. Jung’s research is focused in these areas:

  • Child development and the relationship between children and educational environment
  • Parenting practices and parents’ participation across different countries and cultures
  • Family policy and practices on family outcomes and wellbeing
  • Parents’ health condition and children’s academic and behavioral functioning
  • Parents’ school engagement and children’s perceived treatment
  • Autonomy supportive parenting, helicopter parenting, controlling practices, and child outcomes

Research Projects

Parenting Practices and Child Academic/Socio-Emotional Outcomes

Dr. Eunjoo Jung research project is focused on investigating the role of parental factors including educational expectations, parenting practices, and parental involvement on children’s academic and socio-emotional competences. She has been collaborating with researchers from South Korea, China, and various states across US and has been closely working with her graduate students on many papers out of this project. The papers were published in Journal of Family Issues, Family Relations, and The Journal of Educational Research. As part of this project, she is currently examining the relations between autonomy supportive parenting, helicopter parenting, and the wellbeing of children across different countries from Eastern and Western cultures. She continues to examine the critical yet under-examined parenting practices across diverse contexts.

Home/School Environment and Child Achievement/Wellbeing

Dr. Eunjoo studies how interactions among the home and school environments influence child achievement and wellbeing outcomes from diverse backgrounds. Her investigations are aimed to address the crucial gaps in the field by examining the potential short- and long-term direct and indirect influences of home and school environment, and academic and behavioral outcomes while integrating associations across domains in the model. She has been working with her graduate students on many papers out of this project, and the papers were published in Child and Youth Care Forum and Journal of Child and Family Studies. These projects are ongoing. Students interested in learning more should contact Eunjoo Jung,

Statistical Expertise

Dr. Jung is able to provide statistical expertise in structural equation modeling, multi-level modeling, SPSS, and expertise in various qualitative analyses methods


HFS 204 - Applied Research Methods in Child and Family Studies

HFS 335 - Issues and Perspectives in Early Childhood Education

HFS 637 - Theories, Interpretations, and Applications in Child Development

HFS 835 - Issues and Problems in Child and Family Development

Recent Publications

  • Jung, E., & Jin, B. (2019). Associations between sleep problems, cognitive, and socioemotional functioning from preschool to adolescence. Child & Youth Care Forum
  • Jung, E., Hwang, W., Kim, S., Sin, H., Zhang, Y., & Zhao, Z. (2019). Relationships among helicopter parenting, self-efficacy, and academic outcome in American and South Korean college students. Journal of Family Issues
  • Jung, E., Zhang, Y., & Chiang, J. (2019). Teachers’ mathematics education and readiness beliefs, and kindergarteners’ mathematics learning. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, 7(2), 137-154.
  • Jung, E., Hwang, W., Zhang, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2018). Do parents’ educational expectations in adolescence predict adult life satisfaction? Family Relations. doi: 10.1111/fare.12323
  • Jung, E. Zhang, Y., Hwang, W., & Zhang, Y. (2018). Parental health and children’s functioning in immigrant families: Family roles and perceived treatment at school. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(6), 1899-1913. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1032-5
  • Zhang, Y., & Jung, E. (2018). Multi-dimensionality of acculturative stress among Chinese international students: What lies behind their struggles? International Research and Review, 7(1), 23-42.
  • Jung, E, Zhang, Y., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Future professionals’ perceptions of play and intended practices: The moderating role of efficacy beliefs. Early Child Development and Care. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1169178
  • Jung, E., & Zhang, Y. (2016). Parental involvement, children’s aspirations, and achievement in new immigrant families. The Journal of Educational Research, 109(4), 333-350.
  • Hwang, W., & Jung, E. (2016). Does paid maternity leave affect infant development and second-birth intentions? Family Relations. doi: 10.1111/fare.12214
  • Jung, E. (2016). The development of reading skills in kindergarten: The influence of parental beliefs about school readiness, family activities, and children's attitudes to school. International Journal of Early Childhood, 48(1), 61-78. doi: 10.1007/s13158-016-0156-2