Verònica Benet-Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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

- Repke L & Benet-Martinez V 2017, 'Conceptualizing the dynamics between bicultural identification and personal social networks. Special Issue: Multiple Identities Management: Effects on (of) Identification, Attitudes, Behaviour and Well-being', Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 469. 

- Naumann L, Benet-Martinez V & Espinoza P 2017, 'Correlates of political ideology among US-born Mexican Americans: Cultural identification, acculturation attitudes, and socioeconomic status', Social Psychological and Personality Science, Vol. 8(1) 20-28.

- Schwartz S, Birman D, Benet-Martínez V & Unger J 2017, 'Biculturalism: Negotiating multiple cultural streams', In Schwartz S & Unger J (Eds.), 'The Oxford handbook of acculturation and health', New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

- Medeiros M, Fournier P & Benet-Martinez V 2017, 'The language of threat: Linguistic perceptions and intergroup relations', Acta Politica, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 1–22.

Selected research activities

- 6 invited talks (London School of Economics, UK; University of Newcastle, Australia; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; IESE Business School, Spain; VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands; University of Lleida, Spain).

- 5 conference presentations (18th convention of Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX; 2nd International Convention of Psychological Science, Vienna, Austria; 18th Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Granada, Spain; European regional congress of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Warsaw, Poland; EASP-SPSSI Small Group Meeting, Utrecht, The Netherlands).

- Grant & Applicant Reviewer: European Research Council; Flanders Research Foundation; MINECO; LaCaixa.