• Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

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Dr. Oscar Baldelomar is a cultural developmental psychologist and a Ford Foundation Fellow. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A. in philosophy from the California State University, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the development of minority children and youth. He is interested in the relationship between cognition and identity formation, the intersection of multiple social identities within the child and adolescent, and the interplay between culture and social development. His cross-cultural research projects in Costa Rica examine how social change impacts the identity formation and mental health of Bribri indigenous adolescents. He is interested in the integration of theology, missiology and cultural psychology.


  • Ford Foundation Fellow — 2006 — Present
  • Diversity Poster Award — Midwestern Psychological Association — 2016
  • Honorable Mention — Ford Dissertation Fellowship Competition — 2010


  • “Change in ethnic identity across the high school years among adolescents with Latin American, Asian, and European backgrounds.” Kiang, L., Witkow, M. R., Baldelomar, O. A., & Fuligni, A. J., Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 683-693, 2010.
  • “Stability and change in ethnic labeling among adolescents from Asian and Latin American immigrant families.” Fuligni, A. J., Witkow, M. R., Kiang, L., & Baldelomar, O., Child Development, 79(4), 944-956. 2008.
  • “Ethnic identity formation during adolescence." In R. J. Levesque (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adolescence (Second ed.). New York, NY: Springer. Kiang, L., & Baldelomar, O. A. 2017.
  • “Identity development in multiple cultural contexts." In L. A. Jensen (Ed.), Bridging Cultural and Developmental Approaches to Psychology: New Syntheses in Theory, Research, and Policy (pp. 161-185). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2011. Phinney, J. S., & Baldelomar, O. A. 2011.
  • “Ethnic identity formation. In R. J. Levesque (Ed.),” Kiang, L., & Baldelomar, O. A. Encyclopedia of Adolescence (Vol. 5, pp. 860-870). New York, NY: Springer. 2011.
  • “Latinos can also be Americans: Mexican-American Children’s Understanding of Their Nested Identity Categories." Baldelomar, O.A. (Submitted to Child Development).
  • “Cultural consensus models of national identity in Costa Rican adolescents from three ethnic groups,” Baldelomar, O. A. (Submitted to Journal of Research on Adolescence).
  • “Intergenerational Views of Emerging Bicultural Identities: Recent Latina Immigrant Mothers’ and their Children’s Perspectives,” Baldelomar, O. A., Ortiz, C., Paustian, A., & Morris, T. (Submitted to Ethos).
  • “Ethnic identity content and social change among Bribri adolescents: A cultural consensus approach,” Baldelomar, O. A. (Targeted journal: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology).
  • “An examination of global identity in college students,” Baldelomar, O. A., Chen, Y., & Greenfield, P. M. (Targeted journal: Self and Society).


  • 2019 International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology: Culture & Psychology Summer School, San José, Costa Rica. “Culture-Sensitive Methodologies to Study Indigenous Populations in Latin America” July 2019.
  • 2015 Regional (Latin America) Meeting of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychologists, San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico. “Social Change and Identity Development Among Bribri Adolescents in Costa Rica” July 2015.
  • 2015 Regional (Latin America) Meeting of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychologists, San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico. “Cultural Consensus Analysis: A theoretical and methodological tool to examine cultural specificity and its intra-group variation” July 2015.


  • Psychology and Christian Thought
  • Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
  • Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
  • Psychology and Christian Faith
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Cultural Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Research Experience in Psychology 
  • Psychology as Vocation
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