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       Cultural Psychology Lab        

About Our Lab 

Our research focuses on understanding ways cultural meanings and practices influence psychological functioning in the areas of social cognition and social development.  The research that we are undertaking seeks to contribute toward making psychology more culturally sensitive and inclusive of the outlooks of diverse cultural groups.  We are interested in culturally broadening basic psychological theory and in understanding ways culture gives rise to culturally variable developmental endpoints and processes of socialization.

Our research projects are funded or have been funded by:


Joan G. Miller

Professor of Psychology

The New School for Social Research. 

Email: millerj at

Joan Mille

Joan Miller is professor of developmental psychology in the Cognitive, Social and Developmental section of the Psychology Department at the New School for Social Research. She received her doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago and has held past faculty positions in developmental psychology at Yale University and in Culture and Cognition at the University of Michigan.  Her research interests center on understanding the cultural grounding of psychological theory, and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.  Framed within the conceptual perspective of cultural psychology, she has undertaken cross-cultural research on moral development, interpersonal motivation, attachment, social attribution, and family and friend relationships. She served as Editor of the Newsletter of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development and as Associate Editor for Theory and Method of the Cross-Cultural Psychology Bulletin.  She has undertaken field work in Mysore, India and was awarded a Nehru Chair Visiting Professorship at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

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