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Rashmita Mistry

Vice Chair, Undergraduate Education; Professor
Rashmita Mistry
Rashmita Mistry

Moore Hall 3302A
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

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Rashmita Mistry
Vice Chair, Undergraduate Education; Professor

Rashmita S. Mistry, Ph.D., is Professor and Vice Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Education & Social Transformation in the Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. A developmental psychologist, Dr. Mistry’s research examines the consequences of family socioeconomic resources and disadvantage on children’s developmental outcomes, and children’s perceptions, reasoning, and experiences of social status (i.e., social class, race/ethnicity, nationality).

Teaching and Research Interests

Titles and Positions

  • Professor of Education
  • Vice Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Education & Social Transformation


  • NICHD-sponsored Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999-2002
  • Ph.D., Child Development and Family Relationships, University of Texas-Austin 1999
  • M.S., Experimental Psychology, San Jose State University, 1992
  • B.A., Psychology (Minor in Child Development), San Jose State University, 1989

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

  • Elected Member-at-Large of Governing Council of the Society for Research in Child Development. 2017-2023.
  • (Inaugural) UCLA Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Scholars. With K. Quartz. 2019-2020.
    Elected Fellow, Association of Psychological Science. 2017.
  • (Inaugural) Lena Astin Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Education, 2017. University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Outstanding Teaching & Mentoring Award (2016). Society for the Study of Psychological Issues.

Select Publications

  • Elenbaas, L., & Mistry, R.S. (forthcoming, 2021). Distributive justice in society and among peers: 8- to 14 year-olds’ views on economic stratification inform their decisions about access to opportunities. Developmental Psychology.
  • Mistry, R.S., Elenbaas, L. (2021). It’s All in the Family: Parents’ Economic Worries and Youth’s Perceptions of Financial Stress and Educational Outcomes. J Youth Adolescence, 50, 724–738.
  • Diemer, M. Marchand, A., & Mistry, R. S. (2020). Charting how wealth shapes educational pathways from childhood to early adulthood: A process model. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, 1073–1091.
  • Brown, C. S., Mistry, R. S., & Yip, T. (2019). Moving from the margins to the mainstream: Equity and justice as key considerations for developmental science. Child Development Perspectives, 13, 235-240.