College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Michelle Pasco

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Assistant Professor

Michelle Pasco

Areas of interest

Ethnic-racial concentration
Adolescent development
Family processes
Ethnic-racial identity
Mixed methods

I am accepting new advisees for fall 2024 in the MA, PhD, and MA/PhD programs.


PhD, Family and Human Development, Arizona State University, Specialization: Measurement and Statistical Analysis
MS, Family and Human Development, Arizona State University
BA, Psychology, Asian American Studies Minor, University of California, Los Angeles


Michelle Pasco received a PhD in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University and before joining the University of Minnesota was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar working on the Arizona Youth Identity Project. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Pasco received a BA in Psychology at UCLA. Pasco’s research incorporates a culturally-informed lens to understand the lived experiences of ethnic-racial minoritized youth and families situated within neighborhood contexts, and uses different methods including, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to examine how neighborhood factors influence developmental processes and experiences such as ethnic-racial identity, political identity, discrimination, and cultural socialization. Her work is interdisciplinary, informed by perspectives from psychology, sociology, justice studies, and ethnic studies. In recent work, she uses qualitative interviews and photovoice to examine youth's identity and political and civic engagement centered around the 2020 election.

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Pasco, M. C., Flores-Gonzalez, N., & Atkin, A. L. (2022). A Qualitative Analysis of Racial Discrimination Experiences for Latinx Youth from Childhood to Young Adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence. Advance online publication.

Seaton, E. K., White, R. M. B., Pasco M. C., & Sheehan, C. (2022). Contextual qualification of the association racial discrimination, pubertal timing, and adjustment among U.S. Mexican boys. American Psychologist. Advance online publication.

Pasco, M. C., White R. M. B., Iida, M., & Seaton, E. K. (2021). A prospective examination of neighborhood resources and parenting processes on ethnic-racial identity among U.S. Mexican adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 57(5), 783–795.

Pasco, M. C., White, R. M. B., & Seaton, E. K. (2021). A systematic review of neighborhood ethnic-racial compositions on cultural developmental processes and experiences in adolescence. Adolescent Research Review,1-18. doi:10.1007/s40894-021-00152-7

White, R. M. B., Witherspoon, D. P., Wei, W., Zhao, C., Pasco, M. C., Maereg, T. M., & PLACE Development Working Group (2021). Adolescent development in context: A decade review of neighborhood and activity spaces. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 1-22. doi: 10.1111/jora.12623

White, R. M. B., Pasco, M. C., Korous, K. M., & Causadias, J. M. (2020).  A systematic review and meta-analysis of the association of neighbourhood ethnic-racial concentrations and adolescent behaviour problems in the U.S. Journal of Adolescence78, 73-84. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.12.005

Pasco, M. C. & White R. M. B. (2020). A mixed-method approach to examining Mexican-origin adolescents use of ethnic-racial labels in neighborhood context. Journal of Adolescent Research, 35(4), 489-520. doi: 10.1177/0743558419868220

White, R. M. B., Pasco, M. C., Knight, G. P., & Gonzales, N. A., & Burleson, E. (2019). U.S. Mexican Parents’ Harsh Parenting in the Context of Neighborhood Danger. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(1), 77-87. doi: 10.1037/fam0000447.supp

Safa, M., White, R. M. B., Mahrer, N., Knight, G.P., Gonzales, N.A., & Pasco, M. C. (2019). U.S. Mexican-origin adolescents' bicultural competence and mental health in context. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25(2), 299-310. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000231


Pasco, M.C., Hernandez, N., Owiredu, P., Madouh, M. (2022) An Intersectional Lens to Explore Political Identity for Latinx Young Adults in Arizona. Paper presentation to be presented at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.

Pasco, M. C., Romanello, B., Roque, A. (2022) Arizona Latinx and White Young Adult Perceptions of Discrimination as Captured Through Photovoice. Paper presentation to be presented at Society for Research on Child Development Special Topics: “Construction of the Other”, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Pasco, M. C., White, R.M.B., Taylor, W., Zhao, J., Vega, C. A. (2021) A Mix Methods Comparison of Objective and Subjective Assessments of Neighborhood Characteristics in Latinx Neighborhoods. In M. C. Pasco (Chair), Objective and Subjective Approaches to Examining Neighborhood Environments for Youth Development. Paper symposium presented at Society for Research on Child Development.

Pasco, M. C., White, R.M.B., Zhao, J., Vega, C. A. (2021) Influences of neighborhood and parenting processes on Mexican-origin adolescent’s ethnic-racial identity. In M. D. Safa (Chair), Ethnic-Racial Identity in the 21st Century: Antecedents and Consequents among U.S. Mexican-Origin Adolescents. Paper symposium presented at Society for Research on Child Development.

Pasco, M. C., White, R.M.B., Korous, K.M., Causadias, J.M., Safa, M.D., Zhao, J., Meléndez Guevara, A.M. (2019) Systematic Review of the Effects of Neighborhood Asian, Black, and Latino Concentrations on Adolescent Adjustment. Poster presented at Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Pasco, M. C. The role of neighborhood context in shaping diverse youth development. (2019) Chaired paper symposium presented at Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Pasco, M. C., White, R. M. B., Walker, K., Safa, M. D. (2018) Assessing neighborhood environmental and cultural features using observation methods. Poster presented at APA Division 45, Austin, TX.

Pasco, M. C., White, R. M. B., Safa, M. (2018). A multi-method approach to examining Mexican Origin adolescents’ use of ethnic-racial labels in neighborhood contexts. In M. C. Pasco (Chair), Using Mixed-Methods to Study Ethnic-Racial Minoritized Youth in Neighborhood Contexts.  Paper symposium presented at the Society of Research on Adolescence, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Pasco, M. C., White, R.M.B., Knight, G., Gonzales, N., Tein, J., Burleson, E., Safa, M.D. (2017). A latent profile analysis of the cultural contexts of Mexican-Origin adolescents’ niches. Poster presented at the Society of Research on Child Development, Austin, Texas.