Malina Her

Assistant Research Professor

Human Development and Family Sciences

Educational Background:

• Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
• M.A., Research and Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University
• B.A., Psychology; University of the Pacific

Research/Professional Interests:

• Understanding the role of culture in shared parenting after divorce within immigrant families
• Exploring disaggregated data on Asian families and dissecting the contextual factors influencing family transitions like divorce
• Partnering with community-based organizations to understand how to develop sustainable resources for families

Selected publications:

• Her, M., & Xiong, Z. B. (2023). Self-reported reasons for divorce, social support, and depression: An exploratory study with Hmong women. Journal of Family Issues, 0(0),
• Xiong, Z., Her, M., Belgrade, A., Kira, M., Pattipati, M. A., & Xiong, G. (2021). Role of family in refugee adjustment: Experiences of Hmong, Somali, and Syrian refugees in the USA. Adversity and Resilience Science, 2(4), 285-301.
• Ballard, J., Her, M., & Thao, T. J. (2020). A place to call home: Housing challenges among immigrant families. Special Issue in the National Council on Family Relations on Family Focus on Immigration.
• Walker, S., Her, M., Khan, L., & Pacheco, T. J. (2023). Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Relationships First. In D. Hiatt-Michael, H. Kreider, & M. P. Evans (Eds.), Family School Community Partnership Issue. NC: Information Age Publishing
• Xiong, Z. B., Her, M. & Lee, L. (2021). Embroidering collaboration between university, community, and school: Using the Hmong children’s longitudinal study as an example. In Reardon, R. M. & Leonard, J. (Eds.), A place called home: School-university-community collaboration and the immigrant education experience. NC: Information Age Publishing.
• Her, M. (2019). Recent policy changes and the impact on families. In J. Ballard, E. Wieling, C. Solheim & L. Dwanyen (Eds.), Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences.

Selected presentations:

• Her, M., Yunizar, C., Lee, L., & Xiong, Z. B. (2023) Exploring divorced Hmong women’s divorce related stressors and ways in navigating social support. Poster accepted to the National Council for Family Relations.
• Yunizar, C., Her., M, & Xiong, Z. B. (2022). Intergenerational patterns of marital relations and childbearing in early marriage families in Indonesia: An exploratory study. Poster presented at National Council for Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.
• Xiong, Z. B., Her, M., & Yunizar, C. (2022). Parental involvement with children’s schooling: Exploring the experiences of Hmong parents in charter schools. Paper presented at National Council for Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN.
• Hong, S., Her, M., & Walker, S. (2021). Online parenting resources: Perception by parents with young children and its impact on their utilization. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, virtual.

Malina Her
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