Research Scientist

Chen-Yu provides research and data management support to the Research & Practice team. His primary responsibilities include developing and refining organizational data management processes, and monitoring projects to ensure compliance with these processes as well as IRB-mandated reporting and oversight requirements; designing and constructing surveys; performing quantitative data analysis; and supporting Search Institute partners and collaborators – as well as external researchers – with technical support on running data collection efforts in the field, as well as on conducting secondary quantitative data analysis.


  • M.A., in Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • B.A., in Sociology, Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Selected Recent Publications

  • Syvertsen, A. K., Roskopf, J., Wu, C-Y., Sethi, J., & Chamberlain, R. (2020). Positive disruption:The promise of the Opportunity Reboot Model(Report to the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund). Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.
  • Mortimer, Jeylan T., Lei Zhang, Chen-Yu Wu, Jeanette Hussemann, and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson. Forthcoming. “A Three Generation Study of Parental Expectations, Adolescent Achievement Orientations, and Attainments.” Social Psychology Quarterly.
  • Mortimer, Jeylan T., Frank Zhang, Jeanette M. Hussemann, and Chen-Yu Wu. 2014. “Parental Economic Hardship and Children’s Achievement Orientations.” Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 5(2): 105-128.