Bio

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Psychology at Tilburg University, Research Fellow at Babylon, the Center for the Study of the Multicultural Society at Tilburg University, and Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Psychology at Gratia Christian College, Hong Kong, China.

In my work, I study culture, in particular acculturation, international student adjustment, threat, inter-group behavior, and identity. I am passionate about teaching and infusing culture into the psychology curriculum and care about the methodological appropriateness of our studies and tools (topics on which I regularly give workshops and summer schools). 

Together with Byron Adams and many wonderful contributors, I recently edited the text book Methods and Assessment in Culture and Psychology (Cambridge).

 

Expertise

I value collaboration and working in teams towards meaningful project goals. Feel free to reach out to me.

I am editor of the Open Access Journal, Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, and am an active member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), and am a board member of the Central Committee Cultural Diversity and Psychology of the Dutch Institute for Psychologists (Centrale commissie Culturele diversiteit en psychologie, NIP). I am also a member of the standing review board of the RGC Hong Kong

I have received funding from the European Union (Marie Curie Fellowship, Erasmus+ KA2), the Dutch NWO (Comenius Teaching Fellowship), the German DAAD, and the Jacobs Foundation, and Tilburg University (for current projects, see Projects and Grants).

 

Courses

Recent publications

  1. The association between threat and politics simultaneously depends on…

    Brandt, M. J., Turner-Zwinkels, F. M., Karapirinler, B., van Leeuwen, F., Bender, M., van Osch, Y. M. J., & Adams, B. G. (2021). The association between threat and politics simultaneously depends on the type of threat, the political domain, and the country. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47(2), 324-343. ,
  2. Threat to national identity continuity - When affirmation procedures …

    Badea, C., Bender, M., & Korda, H. (2020). Threat to national identity continuity: When affirmation procedures increase the acceptance of Muslim immigrants. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 78, 65-72.
  3. Country-level and individual-level predictors of men's support for ge…

    Kosakowska-Berezecka, N., Besta, T., Bosson, J. K., Jurek, P., Vandello, J. A., Best, D. L., Wlodarczyk, A., Safdar, S., Zawisza, M., Zadkowska, M., Sobiecki, J., Agyemang, C. B., Akbas, G., Ammirati, S., Anderson, J., Anjum, G., Aruta, J. J. B. R., Ashraf, M., Bakaityte, A., ... Zukauskiene, R. (2020). Country-level and individual-level predictors of men's support for gender equality in 42 countries. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50(6), 1276-1291.
  4. A comparison of positive youth development against depression and sui…

    Leung, C. L. K., Bender, M., & Kwok, S. Y. C. L. (2020). A comparison of positive youth development against depression and suicidal ideation in youth from Hong Kong and the Netherlands. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 32(2), [20170105].
  5. The importance of language vocabulary and language usage for sociocul…

    Sari, B. T., Chasiotis, A., van de Vijver, F. J. R., & Bender, M. (2020). The importance of language vocabulary and language usage for sociocultural adjustment among Indonesian adolescents from three bilingual ethnic groups. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 41(6), 531-546.

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