Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Lucy Bencharit

Lucy Bencharit

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Assistant Professor

Contact Information


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Stanford SPARQ
  • Ph.D., Psychology and Affective Science, Stanford University
  • M.A., Psychology, New York University
  • B.A., Psychology, New York University

Courses Taught

  • PSY 350 Teamwork

Research Interests

My research aims to promote positive outcomes for diverse groups in employment, workplace, and classroom settings. I am broadly interested in how cultural factors may subtly and unconsciously shape our behaviors, judgments, and decision making. In addition, my research strongly emphasizes the ways in which we can intervene on our environments to create healthy, efficient, and equitable organizations and institutions. My research addresses questions including: How does culture influence our emotional values and behaviors? How does culture and emotion influence hiring and decision making? How can we leverage our cultural values to facilitate successful outcomes in an increasingly multicultural world? How do diverse groups best work together? How can we create workplace cultures that promote well-being for all? How do we build trust across differences? How do diverse representations in our environments influence our work outcomes and feelings of belonging?

In investigating these questions, my research uncovers how culture shapes our individual and group outcomes, and highlights how we can create diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments to enhance well-being for all.


Selected Publications

  • Toro, J.D., Lloyd, T., Buchanan, K.S., Robins, S.J., Bencharit, L.Z., Smiedt, M.G., Reddy, K.S., Pouget, E.R., Kerrison, E.M., & Goff, P.A. (2019). When policing causes crime: The criminogenic effects of police stops on adolescent black and Latino boys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  •  Bencharit, L.Z., Ho, Y.W., Fung, H., Yeung, D., Stephens, N., Romero, R., & Tsai, J.L. (2018). Should Job Applicants Be Excited or Calm?: The Role of Culture and Ideal Affect in Employment Settings. Emotion.
  •  Tsai, J.L., Blevins, E., Bencharit, L.Z., Chim, L., Holm, B., & Fung, H. (2018).  Judgments of Extraversion Vary By Culture and Ideal Affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 
  • Carey, R., & Bencharit, L.Z. (2018). Socio-economic Cultures: How Education Shapes Who We Are. Socioeconomic Environment and Human Psychology.
  •  Bencharit, L.Z. & Tsai, J.L (2016). Positive Psychology in Asian Americans.  In E. Chang (Ed.), Handbook of Positive Psychology in Racial an Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Practice.
  •  Zhang, L. & Tsai J.L. (2014). The Assessment of Acculturation in Asian American Samples.  In L.T. Benuto, N.S. Thaler, & B.D. Leany (Eds.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with Asian Americans, 75-101. 


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