Que-Lam Huynh

Dr. Huynh
Associate 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
PSY 479PD: Prejudice and Discrimination Senior Capstone
PSY 479DM: Diversity and Multiculturalism Senior Capstone
PSY 540: Graduate Seminar in Social Psychology

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Selected Publications
All publications are kept up to date on the personal website located here.

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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