"Shared bicultural and biracial experiences: how and why identity acceptance threats relate to well-being"

Submitted by Angela Draheim Academic Program Coordinator and Departmental Web Specialist
November 20, 2020 - 6:43 pm
Dr. Analia Albuja

The Department of Psychology welcomes guest speaker Dr. Analia Albuja who will present "Shared bicultural and biracial experiences: how and why identity acceptance threats relate to well-being" as an additional learning opportunity for the SMCM community on December 2 at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This lecture was originally planned as part of a class visit but we decided to open it up more broadly given our departmental efforts to promote inclusivity, diversity, and equity and our students' interests in these areas.


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Abstract: Because bicultural and biracial people identify with two cultures or two races simultaneously, their identification is often challenged by others through identity denial (i.e., being told to identify differently) and identity questioning (i.e., being asked about their background or ancestry). Across 6 studies, I tested the consequences of identity denial and questioning for psychological and physiological health, and the attributional processes through which this occurs. This work furthers our current understandings of identity denial by pinpointing psychological mediators (autonomy, integration conflict, and belonging) and identifying physiological outcomes of identity denial. Moreover, the association between identity questioning and well-being is clarified through the study of discrimination attribution processes and outcomes.

Dr. Albuja is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University working in the Duke Identity and Diversity Lab, directed by Dr. Sarah Gaither. She recently earned her PhD in Social Psychology at Rutgers University and studied alongside our own assistant professor of psychology Dr. Kristina Howansky.


Attendance of this lecture counts towards the lecture reflection requirement in PSYC204, PSYC 303, PSYC 490, and PSYC 493/494