About Zena Mello




Associate Professor


PsychologyCollege of Science and Engineering


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)


Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm



Zena R. Mello is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognition and Development at the University of California, Berkeley; a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University; and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Mello has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the American Educational Research Association. She has been honored with the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Human Development Division of the American Educational Research Association, and she has served on the Executive Councils of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and the Society for Research on Adolescence. Dr. Mello currently serves as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Adolescence and is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Behavioral Development.



Dr. Mello's research examines psychological factors that facilitate the health and well-being of racial or ethnic minority and low-income adolescents. She uses interdisciplinary perspectives and mixed-methods approaches to investigate two areas. First, she contributes toward the theory and measurement of time perspective. This construct is defined as thoughts and attitudes towards the past, the present, and the future. She has generated an instrument that has been translated into numerous languages. Her work shows how time perspective predicts several developmental outcomes. Second, she examines topics specific to minority group membership, including stereotype threat and anticipated discrimination in educational and occupational attainment. Ultimately, she will inform prevention and intervention programs to promote healthy development among diverse adolescents.



Students are actively involved in Dr. Mello's research. She works closely with undergraduate and graduate students to facilitate their professional and scholarly development. Students complete Honors and Master's theses and are frequently co-authors on presentations and publications. Other activities with students include research assistance with data collection and analyses as well as teaching assistant positions. Dr. Mello regularly teaches courses on Adolescent Development (PSY 430) and Race/Ethnicity (PSY 891).


Social Media:

Twitter: @ZenaRMello #MelloTimeLab

Facebook: Zena Mello

Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zena-mello-a7666855

San Francisco State University Psychology Department: https://psychology.sfsu.edu/

Affiliated Research Groups: http://soullab.co/

Podcast: Collecting Data in Schools with Zena R. Mello https://methodology.psu.edu/publications/news/podcast-zena-mello

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LN6Pb8sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao