Sy-Miin Chow is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and the Principal Investigator of the Emotions and Dynamic Systems Lab. Dr. Chow’s research focuses on the development and adaptation of modeling and analysis tools that are suited to evaluating linear and nonlinear dynamical systems models, including longitudinal structural equation models and state-space modeling techniques. Her current work involves using Kalman filter approaches and dynamical systems models to represent the dynamics of emotion regulation. Her longer term aim is to develop a broader repertoire of data-driven tools tailored toward analyzing the kinds of longitudinal data typically available in the social and behavioral sciences.

Research Interests

Developing and adapting better tools to study how processes like human emotions change, how human emotions affect well-being over time, and lifespan development, family life, and alcohol use.


  • Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, University of Virginia