Verònica Benet-Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Social & Behavioural Sciences

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 top-tier 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.

Research interests

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; Consequences of biculturalism (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.

Selected publications

– Hong, YY., Zhan, S., Morris, M.W., Benet-Martinez, V. (2016). Multicultural identity processes.  Current Opinion In Psychology, 8, 49 – 53.

– van der Zee, K., Benet-Martinez, V., & van Oudenhoven, J.P. (2016). Personality and acculturation. In D. Sam and J. W. Berry (Eds), The Cambridge handbook of acculturation psychology. New York, NY, US: Cambridge University Press.

Selected research activities

Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York: Advanced Research Collaborative (jan-june 2016)

1 plenary address (Italian Association of Social Psychology, Naples), 5 invited talks (Association of Psychological Science, Chicago; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; The New School of Social Research, NY; Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, NY; The Graduate Center, CUNY, NY).

4 conference presentations (Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Santa Monica, CA; Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA).