Jo Ann Farver

Professor of Psychology
Jo Ann Farver
Email Office SGM 525B Office Phone (213) 740-3965


  • Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles, 1989
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/2010 –
    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1997 – 08/30/2010
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1991 – 08/01/1997
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    Professor Farver’s research and teaching specialties are in the area of development psychology with a focus on children’s socio-emotional development in the context of the immigrant experience for families and their adjustment to a mainstream culture. Professor Farver’s current research cross-cultural projects include: “affluenza” in Hong Kong; a cyberbullying/cyberbystander project also in Hong Kong, and a study of immigrant families and their adolescent children in California’s central valley.

  • Contracts and Grants Awarded

    • Promoting School Readiness Skills of Spanish-speaking English Language Learners, (NICHD), JoAnn M. Farver $2,771,619, 2008-2015
    • Intergenerational Transmission of Alcohol Involvement, (NIH), Luczak, S. $3,382,397, 2008-2014
    • Development of a Comprehensive Assessment System for Spanish-Speaking English-Language Learners’, (US Department of Education IES), JoAnn M. Farver $1,712,848, 2008-2013
    • Enhancing Literacy Outcomes For Young Children, (National Science Foundation), Farver, JoAnn Marie $6,212,993, 2001-2010
  • Book Chapters

    • Bornstein, M. H., Bradley, R., Chen, X., Farver, J. M., Gold, S., Hernandez, D. J., Phalet, K., Spielt, C., Suarez-Orozco, C., R. van de Vijver, A. J., Yoshikawa, H., Bernard, J. (2012). Psychological acculturation: Perspectives, principles, processes, and prospects. The International Handbook of Migration Studies New York: Routledge.

    Journal Article

    • Goodrich, J. M., Lonigan, J. C., Farver, J. M. (2013). Do Early Literacy Skills in Children’s First Language Promote Development of Skills in Their Second Language?: An Experimental Evaluation of Transfer. Journal of Educational Psychology.
    • Lonigan, C. J., Farver, J. M., Nakamoto, J., Eppe, S. (2012). Developmental trajectories of preschool early literacy skills: A comparison of English-language learners and monolingual English-speakers. Developmental Psychology.
    • Farver, J. M., Xu, Y., Lonigan, C. J. (2012). Home Environments and Latino Preschoolers’ Early Literacy Skills. Developmental Psychology.
    • Usta, J., Farver, J. M., Dandachi, D. (2011). Child Maltreatment: The Lebanese Children’s Experiences. Child: Care, Health & Development.
    • Lonigan, C. J., Farver, J. M., Phillips, B., Clancy-Menchetti, J. (2011). Promoting the Development of Preschool Children’s Emergent Literacy Skills: A Randomized Evaluation of a Literacy-Focused Curriculum and Two Professional Development Models. Reading and Writing Quarterly: An interdisciplinary journal. (24), pp. 305-337.
    • Usta, J., Farver, J. M. (2010). Child Sexual Abuse and Maltreatment in Lebanon During War and Peace. Child: Care, Health and Development. Vol. 36, pp. 361-368.
    • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M., Zhang, Z. (2009). Temperament, harsh and indulgent parenting, and Chinese children’s proactive and reactive aggression. Child Development. Vol. 80, pp. 244-258.
    • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M. (2009). What makes you shy? Situational elicitors of shyness in Chinese children. International Journal of Behavioral Development. Vol. 33, pp. 97-104.
    • Farver, J. M., Lonigan, C. J., Eppe, S. (2009). Effective Early Literacy Skill Development for Young Spanish-Speaking English Language Learners: An Experimental Study of Two Methods. Child Development. Vol. 80, pp. 703-719.
    • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M., Yu, L., Zhang, Z. (2009). Three Types of Shyness in Chinese Children and the Relation to Effortful Control. Journal of Social and Personality Psychology. Vol. 97, pp. 1061-1073..
    • Usta, J., Farver, J. M. (2008). Women, war and violence: Surviving the Lebanese experience. Journal of Women’s Health. Vol. 17, pp. 1-12.
    • Xu, Y., Farver, J. M., Yang, Y., Zeng, Q. (2008). Chinese children’s conception of shyness: A prototype approach. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly. Vol. 54, pp. 515-544.
    • Usta, J., Farver, J. M. (2007). Domestic Violence: The Lebanese experience. Public Health. Vol. 121, pp. 208-219.
    • Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2006/04
    • Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2005/04
    • USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, The highest homor the university faculty bedtows on its members for outstanding teaching, 2012