Akiba investigates the experiences of individuals of color, as they relate to the demands and characteristics of various settings—such as the classroom and the neighborhoods.
Upon completing his graduate training in child development and social-personality psychology, he gained his post-doctoral training at Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University (2000-2002). His post-doctoral work was pursued under the direct mentorship of a nationwide network of scholars representing a wide variety of disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Pediatrics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, etc.), examining the psychological, social, and educational experiences of children of color and children from immigrant families.
At the City University of New York, he has a primary appointment to teach Child Development and Research (Queens College), with joint appointments in Doctoral Programs in Urban Education and Educational Psychology (the Graduate Center).
Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the training he has received, his recent research agendas have included:
(1) An empirical investigation of the definition of “family participation in children’s education” across communities;
(2) [Cultural] mistrust among students of color toward their teachers and its implications for achievement motivation;
(3) Cultural retention as a predictor of academic achievement among Asian-American children from immigrant families;
(4) The multiplicity and fluidity of identities among children of color and children from immigrant families;
(5) An ethnographic exploration of the daily lives of children attending urban public schools; and
(6) Sociological analyses of the trends in social and educational characteristics among various Asian-American immigrant groups.
Publications (as of summer, 2004):
Akiba, D., Szalacha, L. & Garcia Coll, C. T. (2004). Multiplicity of Identities during the Middle Childhood: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 104, 45-60.
Akiba, D. & Garcia Coll, C.T. (2004) Effective Interventions with Children of Color and their Families: A Contextual Developmental Approach. In T. B. Smith (Ed.). Practicing Multiculturalism: Internalizing and Affirming Diversity in Counseling and Psychology. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Akiba, D., & Miller, F. (in press). Expression of cultural sensitivity in the presence of African-Americans: An analysis of motives. Small Group Research.
Akiba, D. (in press). Japanese Americans. In P.G. Min (Ed.). Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues [2nd Ed]. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Akiba, D. (in press). Ethnic Retention and School Performance. In P.G. Min (Ed.). Racism in the United States. (tentative title) Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Akiba, D. (in press). The Internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and Its Psychosocial Impact. In P.G. Min (Ed.). Racism in the United States. (tentative title) Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Akiba, D. (in press). Cambodians and Education. In H. Ling & A. Austin (Eds). Asian American History and Culture. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
Akiba, D. (in press). Shikata Ga Nai: The Sense of Helplessness among Japanese American Internees. In H. Ling & A. Austin (Eds). Asian American History and Culture. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
Garcia Coll, C. T., Akiba, D., Palacios, N., et al. (2002). Parental Participation in Their Children’s Education: Lessons from Three Immigrant Groups. Parenting: Science and Practice, 2, 303-324.