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  Rebecca Covarrubias

Rebecca Covarrubias

Associate Professor

831-502-8136 (Office)

831-459-4985 (Lab)


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Social Sciences Division

Psychology Department

Associate Professor


Latin American & Latino Studies
Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
Education Department
Community Studies Program

Regular Faculty

Social Sciences 2
Room 349

(Fall 2023) Mon. 3pm-4pm Office (rm 349)

Psychology Faculty Services

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015, University Diversity Initiative, University of Delaware

Ph.D., 2012, Social Psychology, The University of Arizona

M.A., 2009, Social Psychology, The University of Arizona

B.S., 2007, Family Studies and Human Development, The University of Arizona

As a social and cultural psychologist, my research focuses on issues of identity, culture, health, and educational quality/access for underrepresented and diverse individuals. More specifically, I examine how dominant cultural values, practices, and representations within school and health contexts differentially shape the daily experiences and self-understanding (e.g., performance, belonging, well-being, self-concept) of majority and minority group members. Using multi-methods including laboratory and field experiments, longitudinal designs, surveys, focus groups, and content analyses, my work generally finds that 1) a mismatch in the cultural values between the context and the individual undermines self-understanding, and that 2) interventions that subtly reframe the context to match the individual’s cultural background can improve self-understanding. 

PSYC 140F: Mind, Society, and Culture
PSYC 159R: Achievement Disparities: A Social Psychological Perspective
PSYC 213: Student Achievement and the Culture Cycle

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