Research Scientist

Chen-Yu provides support for all stages of Search Institute’s quantitative research and development projects, including:

  • research design/preparing grant proposals
  • survey construction
  • data collection and cleaning
  • data analysis intended for and communicating findings to both general and academic audiences (including manuscript preparation)
  • technical assistance to researchers and clients who use Search Institute data
  • short-term data management and long-term data archival



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


Selected Recent Publications

  • 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.