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Verònica Benet-Martínez

Verònica Benet-Martínez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Before joining ICREA and Pompeu Fabra U., 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 President-elect of the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP), 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)  

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

– McAdams, D., Trzesniewski, K., Lilgendahl, J., Benet-Martinez, V., & Robins, R., (2021). ‘Self and Identity in Personality Psychology’. Personality Science, 2.

Benet-Martinez, V., Lee, F., & Cheng, C. 2021. ‘Bicultural Identity Integration (BII): Components, psychosocial antecedents, and outcomes’. In M. Guelfand, C.Y. Chiu, & Y.Y. Hong (Eds.), Handbook of advances in culture and psychology, 8, 244-288. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Benet-Martinez V 2021. ‘Culture and personality processes: Some basic tenets and current directions’. In Rauthman, J. (Ed.), Handbook of personality dynamics and processes. Elsevier Press.

Selected research activities

Research grants:

-2021-2023 H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2020 Project title: “The Impact of Immigrant Narratives on Individuals’ Opinion-Making” (€146,975). Sub-award within coordinated project “BRIDGES: Bridges to assess the production and impact of migration narratives.” CIDOB, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (€2,999,696)

Selected other research activities: 

– Academic service: President-elect and member of the EC and various scientific subcommittees for the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP); President of search committee for UPF Political Psychology position.

– 5 invited talks: The Love Consortium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Keynote for the Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, Italy; Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale, University of Lausanne, Switzerland; 7th (virtual) Biennial Conference for the Association for Research in Personality; 21th (virtual) convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology;


ICREA Memoir 2021