Verònica Benet-Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Before joining ICREA and Pompeu Fabra University in 2010, I held professorship positions at the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Michigan. 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 scientific journals in social-personality and (cross)cultural psychology. 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 Pompeu Fabra University.

Research interests

Using observational 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 PERSONALITY/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.

Selected publications

– Repke L & Benet-Martinez V 2018, ‘The (diverse) company you keep: Content and structure of immigrants’ social networks as a window Into intercultural relations in Catalonia‘, Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 49, 924-944.

– Lilgendahl J, Benet-Martinez V, Bishop M, Gilson K, Festa L, Levenson C & Rosenblum R 2018, ‘So now, I wonder, what am I?: A narrative approach to Bicultural Identity Integration’, Journal Of Cross-cultural Psychology, 49, 1596 – 1624.

– Huynh QL, Benet-Martinez V & Nguyen A 2018, ‘Measuring variations in bicultural identity across US ethnic and generational groups: Development and validation of the Bicultural Identity Integration Scale–Version 2 (BIIS-2)‘, Psychological Assessment, 30, 1581-1596.

Benet-Martínez V 2018,’Multicultural identity and experiences:  Cultural, social, and personality processes‘, In K. Deaux & M. Snyder (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology (2nd edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

– Gobel M, Benet-Martinez V, Mesquita B & Uskul A 2018, ‘Europe’s Culture(s): Negotiating Cultural Meanings, Values, and Identities in the European Context’, Journal Of Cross-cultural Psychology, 49, 858 – 867.

Selected research activities

– Academic Service: member of various EC and scientific committees for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP); the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP); and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP).

– 4 invited talks: 19th SPSP convention, Atlanta, GA (plenary); Iowa State University, U.S.; Pompeu Fabra University, Spain; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

– 3 conference presentations: 19th SPSP convention, Atlanta, GA; 3rd meeting of the Spanish Scientific Association of Social Psychology (SCEPS), Cuenca, Spain;  EASP Small Group Meeting, Brussels, Belgium.

– Grant Reviewer: Social Psychology panel, MINECO, Spain.

– PhD & Master theses direction: 2 dissertations; 3 master theses