Paloma Benavides, PhD

Research Associate

Paloma Benavides is a Research Associate at ACUE, where she primarily works on measuring the impact of ACUE’s courses in effective teaching. She was drawn to ACUE because she strongly aligns with ACUE’s multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to understanding teaching practices and student performance, and its commitment to equity and student success.  

Prior to working with ACUE, Paloma worked as a consultant in social influence to develop a safety culture among miners of Minera Spence in Chile. She also served as a teaching assistant in Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile and in Korea University in South Korea. At Korea University, she conducted research as part of the Cultural & Social Psychology Lab, where she focused on investigating cross-cultural differences in identity, existential goals, and motivation and how these shape everyday cultural behavior. 

She graduated summa cum laude from Adolfo Ibáñez University in Chile, where she earned a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling Psychology. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology with a focus on Cultural Psychology from Korea University in South Korea.