Charlene  Chester

Assistant Professor


Ph.D.  Developmental Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

M.A.   Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S.   Psychology, Morgan State University

Dr. Chester recently joined the faculty at Morgan State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology.  Prior to this appointment Dr. Chester has served as a Lecturer at The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Chester’s research investigates the development of family processes and parent socialization practices during early developmental periods in an effort to understand the factors which affect child development.  She uses adoption as a context in order to further understand the associations among family relationships and individual well-being. Her more recent work has investigated how disenfranchised youth access resources and the implications these processes have on development. Overall, Dr. Chester’s research contributes to a broader understanding of family development and an appreciation of how context can affect development.

Areas of Specialization:  adoption; parent socialization, family development, cultural socialization

Courses Taught: General Psychology, Scientific Methods and Theories of Personality