RESEARCH + PUBLICATIONS

 

The U.S.-American population is becoming increasingly diverse. In fact, US-born and foreign-born racial, ethnic, and/or cultural minorities will comprise half of the national population by the year 2050 [United States Census Bureau, 2008]. This increased diversity has important implications for intergroup relations, ethnic minorities’ civic engagement in mainstream American society, and their well-being. As a result, my research program focuses on issues of diversity and multiculturalism.

My perspective is based on my primary training in social and personality psychology, which has been supplemented by other frameworks and disciplines, including [multi]cultural psychology, ethnic studies, and sociology. I have employed a wide range of methodologies, including implicit methods, focus group interviews, survey studies, field studies, and laboratory experiments to investigate the social/relational and internal psychological processes of ethnic minorities and other bicultural individuals. My research program follows two main lines of inquiry: prejudice + discrimination and culture + identity.

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?

refereed journal articles

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Huynh, Q.-L., Devos, T., & *Altman, H. R. [2014]. Boundaries of American identity: Relations among ethnic group prototypicality and policy attitudes. Political Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/pops.12189

Armenta, B. E., Zamboanga, B. L., Schwartz, S. J., Soto, J. A., Huynh, Q.-L., Carlo, G., & Knight, G. P. [in press]. The role of self-esteem and cultural values in the associations between ethnic group attachment and prosocial tendencies. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

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

Syed, M., Walker, L. H. M., Lee, R. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Schwartz, S. J., Armenta, B. E., & Huynh, Q.-L. [2013]. A two-factor model of ethnic identity exploration: Implications for identity coherence and well-being. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 143-154.

Brittian, A. S., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Lee, R. M., Zamboanga, B. L., Kim, S. Y., Weisskirch, R. S., Castillo, L. G., Krauss Whitbourne, S., Hurley, E. A., Huynh, Q.-L., Brown, E., & Caraway, S. J. [2013]. The moderating role of centrality on associations between ethnic identity affirmation and ethnic minority college students’ mental health. Journal of American College Health, 61, 133-140.

Donovan, R. A., Huynh, Q.-L., Park, I. J. K., Kim, S. K., Lee, R. M., & Robertson, E. [2012]. Relationships among identity, perceived discrimination, and depressive symptoms in eight ethnic-generational groups. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jclp.21936

Schwartz, S. J., Waterman, A. S., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Lee, R. M., Kim, S. Y., Vazsonyi, A. T., Huynh, Q.-L., Krauss Whitbourne, S., Park, I. J. K., Hudson, M., Zamboanga, B. L., Bersamin, M., & Williams, M. K. [2012]. Acculturation and well-being among college students from immigrant families. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 298-318.

Soto, J. A., Armenta, B. E., Perez, C. R., Zamboanga, B. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Lee, R. M., Schwartz, S. J., Park, I. J. K., Huynh, Q.-L., Krauss Whitbourne, S., Le, T. N., & Ham, L. S. [2012]. Strength in numbers: Cognitive reappraisal and psychological functioning among Latinos in the context of oppression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 384-394.

Schwartz, S. J., Park, I. J. K., Huynh, Q.-L., Zamboanga, B. L., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Lee, R. M., Rodriguez, L., Kim, S. Y., Krauss Whitbourne, S., Castillo, L. G., Weisskirch, R. S., Vazsonyi, A. T., Williams, M. K., & Agocha, V. B. [2012]. The American Identity Measure: Development and validation across ethnic group and immigrant generation. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 12, 93-128.

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.

Schwartz, S. J., Weisskirch, R. S., Zamboanga, B. L., Castillo, L. G., Ham, L. S., Huynh, Q.-L., et al. [2011]. Dimensions of acculturation: Associations with health risk behaviors among immigrant college students. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 27-41.

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., & Longeran-Garwick, J. [2007]. The role of acculturation in the mentoring-career satisfaction model for Asian/Pacific Islander American university faculty. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 295-303.

Nguyen, A.-M. D., & Huynh, Q.-L. [2003]. Vietnamese refugees and their U.S.-born counterparts: Biculturalism, self-determination, and perceived discrimination. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 8, 47-54.

BOOK + Encyclopedia CONTRIBUTIONS

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Cheng, C.-Y., Lee, F., Benet-Martínez, V., & Huynh, Q.-L. [in press]. Variations in multicultural experience: Influence of Bicultural Identity Integration on socio-cognitive processes and outcomes. In V. Benet-Martínez & Y.-Y. Hong [Eds.], Handbook of multicultural identity: Basic and applied psychological perspectives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

**Marcelo, A. K. C., & Huynh, Q.-L. [2014]. Ethnicity. In K. D. Keith [Ed.], Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology, pp. 504-505. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Huynh, Q.-L. [2014]. Identity denial. In K. D. Keith [Ed.], Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology, pp. 682-684. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

**Marcelo, A. K. C., & Huynh, Q.-L. [2014]. Multiculturalism. In K. D. Keith [Ed.], Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology, pp. 907-909. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

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., Nguyen, A.-M. D., Benet-Martínez, V. [2011]. Bicultural Identity Integration. In S. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, & V. Vignoles [Eds.], Handbook of identity theory and research, pp. 791-806. New York, NY: Springer.

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.