Before joining ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2010, I held faculty positions at the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). I obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of California (Davis) and was a funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California (Berkeley). I am an appointed Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, was an Associate Editor for the "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology" (2009-2015), and I am an Editorial Board Member for several psychology journals. My research has been funded by government and private grants from the U.S., Catalonia, and the EU, and by intramural funds from the University of Michigan, the University of California, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In 2015 I received the Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Award (with Hong) by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Using correlational and experimental research designs and different types of data (survey, behavioral, social network) I examine the following issues: ACCULTURATION/MULTICULTURALISM: Dynamics and socio-cognitive correlates of managing two or more cultural affiliations and identities; Individual differences in bicultural identity structure; Biculturalism and social-networks; Psychological consequences of biculturalism (political, social, cognitive, and adjustment-related). CULTURE AND SELF-CONCEPT: Identification and measurement of culture-specific and -general personality constructs; Interplay of cultural values and personality in predicting well-being; Bilingualism and self-schemas. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS: Cultural/linguistic issues in the development and adaptation of psychological scales and tests; Combined emic-etic methodology; Psychometrics of multi-group cultural comparisons.
“A Cross-Cultural Examination of Awe”. (2015-2016). Sub-award from project “Universality of Awe". Funding: John Templeton Foundation. Ref.: EUIN2013-50768. PI: Dr. Veronica Benet-Martínez. Co-PI: Dr. Dacher Kentler
“Crisis y reto en la ciudadanía en España: Actitudes y comportamiento político de los españoles ante la crisis económica y de representación política (CIUPAEL)”. (2014-2017). PI: Dr. Mariano Torcal. Additional information
“INTERCULTURALISM: Effects on Divergent Thinking and Intergroup Outcomes”. (2017-2019). Funding: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. PI: Dr. Veronica Benet-Martínez.
“Procesos translingües y transculturales en jóvenes de origen autóctono y extranjero: estudio de actitudes lingüísticas y prácticas multilingües en contextos de superdiversidad”. (2015-2017). Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. PI: Mireia Trenchs