The Culture and Behavior Laboratory
The Intersection of Culture, Diversity, Psychology, and Behavior
The mission of the Culture and Behavior Laboratory (CBL) is to advance the study of culture in psychology and its contributions to understanding behavioral and social phenomena relevant to health and well-being.
Much of the work in the lab is guided by the Betancourt Integrative Model of Culture, Psychology, and Behavior, and our methodological approach to the study of culture and diversity. Generally, our research examines the structure of relations among socio-structural, cultural, and psychological factors as determinants of behaviors relevant to health and social issues.
The CBL was established at Loma Linda University by Dr. Betancourt in 1998. Dr. Flynn joined the CBL in 2007 and is currently the lab's Director. The lab has conducted research and trained scholars in Southern California and Latin America. Cross-cultural exchange is key to the success of the lab. Over the years, we have established international collaborations with scholars and institutions such as Universidad de La Frontera, in Chile, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Yucatan.