Verònica Benet-Martínez

Verònica Benet-Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Before joining ICREA and Pompeu Fabra U. in 2010, I held professorships at the U. of California Riverside and the U. of Michigan. I obtained a PhD in Psychology from the U. of California Davis and was a funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the U. of California Berkeley. I am an appointed Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, SPSP, 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 cultural psychology. My research has been funded by government and private grants from the US, Catalonia, and the EU. I have received awards from SPSP (Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions in Personality Psychology) and the American Psychological Association (Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award; U. Global Psychology award).


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

– Manzi C, Paderi F, Benet-Martinez V & Coen S 2019, ‘Age-based stereotype threat and negative outcomes in the work place: Exploring the role of identity integration’. European Journal of Social Psychology. 49, 705 – 716.

– Schwartz S, Meca A, Ward C, Szabo A, Benet-Martinez V et al. 2019, ‘Biculturalism dynamics: A daily diary study of bicultural identity and psychosocial functioning’, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 62, 26 – 37.

– Ferrari L, Manzi C, Benet-Martinez V & Rosnati R 2019, ‘Social and Family Factors Related to Intercountry Adoptees and Immigrants’ Bicultural Identity Integration. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 50, 789 – 805.

– Repke L & Benet-Martinez V 2019, ‘The Interplay between the One and the Others: Multiple Cultural Identifications and Social Networks’, Journal of Social Issues, 75, 436 – 459.

Selected research activities

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

– 3 invited talks: Centre for Culture and Evolution, Brunel University, London, UK; Interdisciplinary Experimental Working Group (ECO/SPS), European University Institute, Florence, Italy; Department of Psychology, University of California at Riverside, USA;

– 2 conference presentations: both at the 20th SPSP convention, Portland, OR.

– Grant Reviewer: Social Psychology panel, MINECO, Spain; National Science Foundation (USA).

– PhD & Master theses direction: 2 master theses

– Carol and Ed Diener Award for Outstanding Mid-career Contribution in Personality Psychology