Culture and Behavior Laboratory
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology, 1983
Major: Social Psychology
Minors: Personality, Organizational Sciences
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Licenciatura en Psicologia (B.A. equivalent), 1976
Psicologo (terminal professional degree, clinical psychology)
Current Academic Affiliation
Professor of Psychology, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
Profesor Titular, Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile
Principal Investigator, Culture and Behavior Laboratory
Attribution theory and applications in social behavior, conflict, peace and violence.
The study of culture and diversity in psychology and the culture-behavior linkage in health, education, and
Ethnicity, SES, and culture-based disparities in health and education.
Rotary Foundation Award for International Understanding, Chile USA, 1976-1977
Fulbright Fellow, UCLA, 1979 1980
Faculty Award for outstanding contributions to student research, Loma Linda University, Riverside,1989
Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association (2002)
Distinguished Psychologist of the Year, Colegio de Psicologos de Chile, 2007
Marquis Who is Who in America, Who is Who In Science and Engineering, Who is Who in the
Service to Profession/Membership in Scientific Organizations
American Psychological Association
Member since 1986, Elected Fellow in 2002
Office of Accreditation and Consultation: Site Visitor, 1994-present
Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, 1994-1998
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Council Member, 2003-2006; Chair, International Committee, 2004-2006
Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division of APA
Chair, Scientific Program Committee, 1996 APA Convention
Interamerican Society of Psychology
Newsletter Editor, 1983-86
Secretary General, 1983-1987
Vice-President for the U.S. and Canada, 1999-2003
International Society for Cross-Cultural Psychology
Member of the Executive Committee, 1984-1986
International Society of Political Psychology
Psychologists for Social Responsibility
Member of the National Steering Committee, 1999-2002
Society of Behavioral Medicine
Board of Editors:
Interdisciplinearia (Argentina), 2001-present
Journal of Community Psychology, 1986-1989
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology-Personality Processes, 1997-1998
Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 1995-present
Psicologia Contemporanea (Mexico), 1997-2002
Psykhe (Chile), 1997- present
Revista de Psicología Social (España), 1986-present
Ad hoc Reviewer:
American Journal of Mental Retardation
Journal of Applied Psychology
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Interamerican Journal of Psychology
International Journal of Psychology
Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Representative Peer-Review Publications
Betancourt, H., & Weiner, B. (1982). Attributions for achievement related events, expectancy, and
sentiments: A study of success and failure in Chile and the United States. Journal of Cross
Cultural Psychology, 13, 362 374.
Triandis, H., Lisansky, J., Setiadi, B., Chang, B., Marin, G., & Betancourt, H. (1982). Stereotyping
among Hispanics and Anglos: The uniformity, intensity, direction, and quality of auto
and hetereo steriotypes. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 13, 4, 409-426.
Marin, G., Triandis, H., Betancourt, H., & Kashima, Y. (1983). Ethnic affirmation versus social
desirability: Explaining discrepancies in bilinguals’ responses to a questionnaire. Journal of Cross-
Cultural Psychology, 14, 2, 173-186.
Triandis, H., Marin, G., Lisansky, J., & Betancourt, H. (1984). Simpatia as a cultural script of
Hispanics. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 47, 6, 1363-1375.
Triandis, H., Bontempo, R., Betancourt, H., Bond, M., Leung, K., Brenes, A., Georgas, J., Hui, H.C.,
Marin, G., Setiadi, B., Sinha, J., Verma, J., Spangenberg, J., Touzard, & de Montmollin, G. (1986).
The measurement of the etic and emic aspects of individualism and collectivism across cultures.
Australian Journal of Psychology, 38, 3, 257-267.
Betancourt, H. (1990). An attribution empathy model of helping behavior. Personality and Social
Psychology Bulletin, 16, 573 591.
Betancourt, H. (1990). An attributional approach to intergroup and international conflict. In S.
Graham and V. Folks, Applications of attribution theory. New York: Earlbaum.
Betancourt, H., Hardin, C., & Manzi, J. (1992). Beliefs, value orientation, and culture in attribution
processes and helping behavior. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 23, 179 195.
Betancourt, H., & Blair, I. (1992). An attribution emotion model of violence in conflict situations.
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18, 343 350.
Betancourt, H., & Lopez, S. (1993). The study of culture, ethnicity, and race in American psychology.
American Psychologist, 48, 629 637.
Reprinted as book chapter in:
N. Goldberg & J. Veroff (1995). The culture and psychology reader. New York University Press.
A. Peplau & S. Taylor (1997). Sociocultural perspectives in social psychology. Prentice Hall.
Triandis, H., Betancourt, H., Iwao, S., Leung, K., Salazar, J., Setiadi, B., Sinha, J., Touzard, H., Wang, D.,
& Zaleski, Z.(1993). An etic emic analysis of individualism and collectivism. Journal of
Cross Cultural Psychology, 24,366-383.
Betancourt, H. (1997). An attribution model of social conflict and violence: From psychological to
intergroup phenomena. Psykhe, 6, 3-12.
Betancourt, H., & Fuentes, J., L. (2001). Culture and Latino issues in health psychology. Handbook of
Cultural Health Psychology. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Galves, C., Modeste, N., Lee, J., Betancourt, H., & Wilkins, R. (2002). Peruvian mothers’ knowledge and
recognition of pneumonia in children under five years of age. Pan American Journal of Public
Health, 11, 99-107.
Betancourt, H. & Zaw, G. (2002). Culture, attribution processes, and conflict in multicultural
educational settings. In F. Salili, & R. Hoosain (Eds.), Learning, teaching, and motivation in a
multicultural setting. Greenwhich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Betancourt, H. (2004). Attribution-emotion processes in White’s realistic empathy approach to conflict
and negotiation. Peace & Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 10, 4, 369-380.
Betancourt, H. (2004). An attribution-empathy approach to conflict and negotiation in multicultural
settings. In M. Martinko (Eds.), Attribution Theory in the Organizational Sciences, 243-256.
Greenwhich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
Betancourt, H., Flynn, P., & Hodges, M. (2006). Disparities in breast cancer screening: Investigating
the role of culture. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Proceedings from the Society of Behavioral
Medicine, 27th Annual Meeting, 31, 75.
Koneru, V., Weisman de Mamani, A., Flynn, P., Betancourt, H. (2007). Acculturation and mental
health: Current findings and recommendations for future research. Applied and Preventive
Psychology, 12, 76-96.
Betancourt, H. & Flynn, P.M. (2009). The psychology of health: Physical health and the role of culture and
behavior. In F.A. Villarruel, G. Carlo, J.M. Grau, M. Azmitia, N.J. Cabrera, T.J. Chahin (Eds.), Handbook of
U.S. Latino Psychology (pp. 347-361). Sage Publications.
Betancourt, H. & Hodges, M. (2010). Empathy and peace making. International Encyclopedia
of Peace. London: Oxford University Press
Betancourt, H., Flynn, P.M., Riggs, M., & Garberoglio, C. (2010). A cultural research approach to instrument
development: The case of breast and cervical cancer screening among Latino and Anglo women. Health
Education Research, 25, 6, 991-1007.
Betancourt, H., Flynn, P.M., & Ormseth, S. R. (2011). Healthcare mistreatment and continuity of cancer
screening among Latino and Anglo American women in Southern California. Women & Health, 51, 1, 1-24.
Flynn, P.M., Betancourt, H., & Ormseth, S.R. (2011). Culture, emotion, and cancer screening: An integrative
framework for investigating health behavior. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42, 79-90.