Rebecca Covarrubias

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
AffiliationsLatin American & Latino Studies,
Education Department,
Community Studies Program
Phone831-502-8136 (Office),
831-459-4985 (Lab)
Email,
Web Site The Culture & Achievement Collaborative
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 349
Office HoursMonday 3:30-4:30pm (Fall 2017)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California
95064
Rebecca Covarrubias

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

Courses Taught

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