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Faculty Profile

Rui Zhang

(he/him/his)Assistant Professor of Psychology (2015)

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Kaufman Hall Room 166


Professor Zhang's research examines the dynamic of psychological responses to cultural change in varying contexts. One such context involves societies that undergo rapid changes driven by the accelerated globalization processes. In another context of change that results from migration, he studies the psychological processes and consequences of biculturalism or acquiring two cultural identities.


  • B.A., Shanghai International Studies University, 2004
  • M.A., 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2013

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

PSYC 350 Rsrch Meth in Cult Psych
Cultural psychology is the study of psychological processes shaped by cultural context. In this course, students will learn about various research methods used in cultural psychology. To compare cultures and subcultures, cultural psychologists have employed a wide array of methodological tools; we will focus on survey, quasi-experimental, and experimental methods. We will discuss the application of these methods to cultural psychology research, especially in relation to topics of validity, bias/equivalence, causal inference, and replication. This intensive lab course will culminate in the design and implementation of a research project in the area of cultural psychology. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisite: 135, 140, 145 or 150; 210 & 211.

PSYC 450 Psych of Multicultural Exper
This senior seminar will focus on the psychological ramifications of participating in multiple cultures afforded by intercultural contact. Through scholarly readings and class discussions, students will develop in-depth understanding of theories and substantive research stemming from a variety of intercultural and intergroup contexts such as acculturation, multicultural identity, culture mixing, diversity ideologies, and studying abroad. We will consider the implications of the psychological science of multicultural experience for living in an intensely connected world.

PSYC 500 Independent Study

PSYC 550 Independent Research

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch