Serena Chen Ph.D.

Serena Chen, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from New York University. After spending her initial years as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, Dr. Chen joined the UC Berkeley faculty. Her research focuses on the self and identity, interpersonal relationships, and social hierarchy and power. She is a Fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, and Association of Psychological Science. Dr. Chen was also the recipient of the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Social Sciences Division of the University of California, Berkeley. At present, she serves as the Faculty Director of the Berkeley Collegium, a group of faculty dedicated to the improvement of and innovation in undergraduate education at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Chen’s research has been published in top scholarly journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, and Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, as well as other professional outlets such as the Harvard Business Review. Her work has also received popular news attention from outlets including the New York Times. In addition to teaching, mentoring, and conducting research with undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley, Dr. Chen teaches Executive Education courses on authenticity, self-compassion, mindsets, culture, and leadership, and serves as a consultant for various major consumer businesses and advertising firms on related topics.

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