Charissa Cheah has achieved national and international prominence for her impactful scholarship on factors influencing the social-emotional development and physical health of children and adolescents, particularly in marginalized communities. She is at the forefront of efforts to include the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Asian American communities in discourse on child development, parenting, marginalization, and discrimination. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Science. Cheah is the president of the Society for Research on Adolescence. She earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Waterloo, her Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.