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Rebecca G Covarrubias
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, Education Department, Community Studies Program
  • Phone
    831-502-8136 (Office), 831-459-4985 (Lab)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 349
  • Office Hours (Fall 2023) Mon. 3pm-4pm Office (rm 349)
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz California 95064
  • Courses PSYC 140F: Mind, Society, and Culture; PSYC 159R: Achievement Disparities: A Social Psychological Perspective; PSYC 213: Student Achievement and the Culture Cycle

Research Interests

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. 

Biography, Education and Training

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