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My Goals

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.

 

Passionate about understanding culture

My education background includes a PhD in Child Psychology at the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota, a master in Psychotherapy at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a bachelor in Psychology at Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama.

In 2015, I joined the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University as an assistant professor after having worked in the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College from 2014 to 2015.

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 synthesis, and the relation between culture and biology.

I’m interested in answering questions such as:

  • How do 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 do cultural, biological, and environmental processes shape behavior, cognition, development, and well-being?

Through my research, my goal is to promote innovative and improved ways to study culture in psychology and developmental sciences and to transform cultural research in psychology and developmental sciences from a marginal issue to a mainstream topic.

 
 

José M Causadias
Assistant Professor at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University