Priscila Castaneda, PhD


Senior Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology and Department of Clinical Psychology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2415

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: Carl E. Wynn Academic Center, Wynn 118

As a social psychologist, Priscila Castaneda, PhD, speciality in psychology addresses the broad content area of diversity issues focusing on intergroup relations and understanding the societal as well as intrapersonal challenges facing minority and immigrant groups. One area of Dr. Castaneda's research addresses intergroup attitudes. Specifically, she explores how the dynamic social influences, such as the economic conditions, relate to attitudes towards immigration. Another area of her research tackles the role of culture in intrapersonal processes. In particular, Dr. Castaneda examines how cultural values and familial relationships provide resilience and protect the well-being of minorities from perceived discrimination.


  • PhD, Psychology, Arizona State University, 2011
  • MA, Psychology, Arizona State University, 2007
  • BA, Psychology, San Diego State University, 2005

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Intergroup Relationships (Perceived Ethnic Discrimination, and Attitudes Toward Minorities)
  • Immigrant/Minority Experience in the U.S.
  • Health Status, Culture, and SES
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 719 – Social Psychology
  • PSYC 320 – Social Psychology
  • PSYC 362 – Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 400 – Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 475 – Research Methods Practicum I