Culture has a central role in my training and my personal life. I grew up in Panama in a multicultural family. Part of my family is of mestizo and Native-Panamanian descent, while the other migrated from Catalonia.
Because participating in different cultural and academic communities has been so enriching to me, I have become enamored with the benefits of connecting different domains of culture.
Thus, I am passionate about integrating issues that are often studied in isolation, including culture and research systhesis, as well as culture and biology.
I STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY IN PANAMA, SPAIN, AND THE UNITED STATES:
- I joined the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics as an Assistant Professor in 2015. Before then, I worked in the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College as an Assistant Professor from 2014 to 2015.
- I completed my PhD in Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota in 2014. I studied a master in Psychotherapy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2003. I received a bachelor in Psychology at Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama in 2001.
I am passionate about understanding:
- How our conceptual models of culture, ethnicity, and race guide and restrict research in psychological and developmental sciences?
- How can research synthesis help elucidate the role of culture on behavior, cognition, development, and well-being?
- How cultural, biological, and environmental processes shape behavior, cognition, development, and well-being?
- To promote innovative and improved ways to study culture in psychology and developmental sciences.
- To transform cultural research in psychology and developmental sciences from a marginal issue to a mainstream topic.