Professor Maricela Correa-Chávez

Maricela Correa-Chávez, Ph. D.

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Primary affiliation is with California State University, Long Beach


Ms. Correa-Chávez received her B.A. from UCLA in 1999, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2005. She was subsequently at the Graduate School of Education at UCLA where she was an AERA/IES postdoctoral fellow.

Current Research and Teaching

Ms. 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, in social interaction, and in 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 United States and Latin America.

Selected Publications

Correa-Chávez, M. & Rogoff, B. (2009). Children’s attention to interactions directed to others: Guatemalan Mayan and European-American patterns. Developmental Psychology, 45(3), 630-641.

Gutiérrez, K. D. & Correa-Chávez, M. (2006). What to do about culture? LLinE: Journal of Life Long Learning in Europe, 11(3), 152-159.

Correa-Chávez, M., Rogoff, B., & Mejía Arauz, R. (2005). Cultural patterns in attending to two events at once. Child Development, 76, 664-678.

Correa-Chávez, M., & Rogoff, B. (2005). Cultural research has transformed our ideas of cognitive development. Newsletter for the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, 1 serial 47, 7-10.

Rogoff, B., Correa-Chávez, M., & Navichoc-Cotuc, M. (2005). A cultural/historical view of schooling in human development. In D. Pillemer & S.H. White (Eds.), Developmental psychology and social change. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Rogoff, B., Paradise, R., Mejía Arauz, R., Correa-Chávez, M., & Angelillo, C. (2003). Firsthand learning through intent participation. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 175-203.