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Zhou, Zexi

Zexi Zhou

Graduate Research Assistant (Dr. Munoz), Graduate Research Assistant (Dr. Fingerman)
Population Research Center


Postal Address
305 E 23RD ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712


M.A. in Psychology, Fudan University, 2020

B.S. in Psychology, Fudan University, 2017

Research Advisor

Dr. Karen L Fingerman

Research Interests

Culturally-sensitive intergenerational relationships across the lifespan

Daily biopsychosocial processes of healthy aging

  • Yang, B.+, Zhou, Z.+, Devakonda, V., & Qu, Y. (2024). The role of neural reward sensitivity in the longitudinal relations between parents’ familism values and Latinx American youth’s prosocial behaviors. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2024.101343 (+co-first authors)
  • Zhou, Z., Zhang, S., Kim, Y. K., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2024). Need to belong, daily social engagement, and transient loneliness in late life. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 41(1), 115–136. https://doi.org/10.1177/02654075231211617
  • Yang, B., Anderson, Z., Zhou, Z., Liu, S., Haase, C. M., & Qu, Y. (2023). The longitudinal role of family conflict and neural reward sensitivity in youth’s internalizing symptoms. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 18(1), nsad037. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsad037
  • Fingerman, K. L., Zhou, Z., Huo, M., Luong, G., & Birditt, K. S. (2023). Enduring bonds: Duration and contact in close relationships in late life. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnad091
  • Zhou, Z., Chen, Y.-Y., Yang, B., Qu, Y., & Lee, T.-H. (2023). Family cohesion moderates the relation between parent-child neural connectivity pattern similarity and youth’s emotional adjustment. Journal of Neuroscience, 43(33), 5936–5943. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0349-23.2023
  • Zhou, Z., Shi, Z., Qu, Y., & Li, X. (2023). Parents’ self-development socialization goals and Chinese adolescents’ academic motivation: The mediating role of parents’ autonomy support. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 52, 1887–1901. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-023-01797-4
  • Zhou, Z.+, Qu, Y.+, & Li, X. (2022). Parental collectivism goals and Chinese adolescents’ prosocial behaviors: The mediating role of authoritative parenting. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 51(4), 766­–779. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-022-01579-4 (+co-first authors)
  • Zhou, Z., Li, M., Wu, J., & Li, X. (2021). Differential associations between parents’ versus children’s perceptions of parental socialization goals and Chinese adolescent depressive symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 681940. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.681940

Teaching Assistant

HDF 304H: Family Relationships: Honors Section, Fall 2022, Fall 2023

HDF 345: Peer Relationships, Fall 2021