Faculty Profile​

Oscar Baldelomar

Oscar Baldelomar

Assistant Professor of Psychology​

Phone: 206-281-2252
Office: Marston 116

Education: BA, Psychology and Philosophy, California State University, Los Angeles, 1998; MA, Psychology, California State University, 2005; MA Philosophy, California State University, 2006; PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011. At SPU since 2019.

Dr. Oscar Baldelomar is a developmental psychologist devoted to studying the intersections of culture and identity development, especially among Latin American populations. He received his PhD from UCLA in 2011, with his major area identified as Developmental Psychology and minor area as Culture, Brain, and Development. His undergraduate and both MA degrees were obtained at California State University, Los Angeles.

Deeply committed to multiculturalism and diversity, Dr. Baldelomar has developed collaborative cross-cultural research projects in Costa Rica with researchers at the Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional, and government agencies, including the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. He has also served as principal investigator on grants and contracts for the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Foundation for Psychocultural Research. He has been a Ford Foundation fellow since 2006. In 1992, he helped start a private, Christian K-12 school in southeastern LA known as the Renuevo School in Huntington Park and served as the school’s principal from 1997-2003.

Dr. Baldelomar will be teaching Community Psychology, Psychological Disorders, Psychological Research Methods, Psychology as Vocation, and Lifespan Developmental Psychology at SPU this year.

​Selected publications

Baldelomar, O. A. (in press). Validation of an adaptive measure of ethnic identity development. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research.

Ortiz, C., & Baldelomar, O. A. (in press). ”What’s a Latino/a?": Racial and ethnic label choices of Latinos and non-Latinos in a primarily White rural Midwestern community. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 

Kiang, L., Witkow, M. R., Baldelomar, O. A., & Fuligni, A. J. (2010). Change in ethnic identity across the high school years among adolescents with Latin American, Asian, and European backgrounds. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 683-693. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-009-9429-5

Fuligni, A. J., Witkow, M. R., Kiang, L., & Baldelomar, O. (2008). Stability and change in ethnic labeling among adolescents from Asian and Latin American immigrant families. Child Development, 79(4), 944-956.

Please view Dr. Baldelomar’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.