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Que-Lam Huynh

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Assistant Professor
(818) 677-3560
Office location:
Sierra Tower 301


Education and Training

Post-doctoral Research Fellow (2009-2011), San Diego State University

Department of Psychology


Ph.D. (2009), University of California, Riverside

Social/Personality Psychology, emphases in Cultural and Quantitative Psychology


M.A. (2004), California State University, Long Beach

Research Psychology


B.A. (2002), University of San Diego

Psychology, minor in Sociology


Courses Taught

Psy 265 - Psychology of Prejudice

Psy 345 - Social Psychology

Psy 479CS - Culture and Social Psychology Senior Capstone


Selected Publications

Huynh, Q.-L., Devos, T., & Goldberg, R. [2013]. The role of ethnic and national identifications in perceived discrimination for Asian Americans: Toward a better understanding of the buffering effect of group identifications on psychological distress. Asian American Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0031601

Devos, T., Huynh, Q.-L., & Banaji, M. R. [2012]. Implicit self and identity. In M. R. Leary & J. P. Tagney [Eds.], Handbook of self and identity [2nd ed.], pp. 155-179. New York, NY: Guilford.

Huynh, Q.-L., Devos, T., & Dunbar, C. M. [2012]. The psychological costs of painless but recurring experiences of discrimination. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 26-34.

Huynh, Q.-L., Devos, T., & Smalarz, L. [2011]. Perpetual foreigner in one’s own land: Potential implications for identity and psychological adjustment. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30, 133-162.

Huynh, Q.-L., Howell, R. T., & Benet-Martínez, V. [2009]. Reliability of bidimensional acculturation scores: A meta-analysis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 256-274.

Nguyen, A.-M. D., Huynh, Q.-L., & Benet-Martínez, V. [2009]. Bicultural identities in a diverse world. In J. L. Chin [Ed.], Diversity in Mind and in Action [Vol. 1], pp. 17-31. Westport, CT: Praeger.


Research and Interests

Prejudice and discrimination: The primary focus of my current research is on prejudice and discrimination, particularly the relationship between such experiences and ethnic minority identity and well-being. In particular, I am most interested in understanding the effects of contemporary, subtle forms of prejudice, such as racial microaggressions. I also have an enduring interest in psychological assessment, which is reflected in the variety of measurement tools I have applied to this area of research. As a whole, the goal of this line of research is to elucidate fundamental cognitive, affective, social, and motivational mechanisms that play a role in the identity and mental health of diverse populations, with special attention to thoughts and feelings that operate outside of conscious awareness and control (Devos & Banaji, 2005).


Culture and identity: My second line of research is at the intersection of intergroup relations and individuals’ cultural identity. Within the framework of acculturation, the process by which individuals negotiate (a) the extent to which they are motivated and/or allowed to maintain their ethnic culture and identity; and (b) the extent to which they are motivated and/or allowed to be involved in the host culture (Berry, 2003), I aim to understand how people’s behaviors, values, and especially identity change in response to changing cultural environments. Do individuals use different acculturation strategies in different contexts, such as work vs. home? How does acculturation proceed in different domains of behavior, such as language use vs. communication styles? What is the process of developing and maintaining a bicultural identity, at both the explicit (conscious, deliberate) and implicit (unconscious, automatic) levels? What are the implications of the acculturation of values vs. behaviors for general functioning, psychological well-being, or performance in school or work settings?


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