My research focuses on population variables more than any specific behavioral variable. Specifically, I examine how variables such as race, ethnicity, culture, acculturation, gender, social class, and sexual orientation influence people’s attitudes and behaviors, including performance on personality tests. Although my studies usually are contextualized in clinical psychology, the essence of my research falls more within the domain of personality/social psychology.
Some examples of my recent research projects include:
- Examining how people rate the seriousness of domestic violence differently depending on the race/ethnicity of those involved in the violence.
- Comparing social identity theory vs. multicultural theory among multiethnic college students (the first theory argues that the more people are attached to their ethnicity, the more they dislike other ethnic groups; multicultural theory argues that the more people are attached to their ethnicity, the more they appreciate other ethnic groups)
- Comparing the marital relationships of Mexican couples with relationships of Mexican American couples to see if Mexican Americans’ relationships are influenced by the dominant, White cultural notions of what constitutes a marital relationship.