Priscila Diaz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Director of Student Development
Phone: (626) 815-6000
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Priscila Diaz, Ph.D., is interested in diversity issues, focusing on intergroup relations and understanding the societal as well as intrapersonal challenges facing minority and immigrant groups. She has developed a research program with a number of collaborations applying multiple methodologies, including lab experiments, longitudinal studies, surveys, and field interviews. This research is open to student participation in her Cultural Diversity and Social Development Lab, which aims to gain a deeper understanding of the confluence of multiple value systems in shaping the lives of individuals learning and living in a multicultural setting. Much of this collaborative work demonstrates how the adaptive cultural ecology bears a vital impact on the lives of minority and immigrant groups and is critical to inform policy, social services, behavioral scientists, and prevention efforts.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Psychology, Arizona State University
  • B.A., Psychology (With Honors), San Diego State University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Psychology


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

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 110 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 295 – Social Psychology
  • PSYC 475 – Research Methods Practicum I