Linda Abarbanell, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor



Department of Psychology
College of Sciences
Imperial Valley Campus
720 Heber
Calexico, CA 92231-09021

Phone: 760-768-5678
Fax: 619-594-1332

Office Hours: W 2-4pm Faculty Offices East Room 137, Calexico
Email: labarbanell@sdsu.edu

Research Interests
Issues related to language, culture, and cognition, public policy and human development, healthcare communication, scientific discourse and beliefs, spatial language and cognition, indigenous languages and cultures of Mexico and the US, border and transnational populations.

Culture and Cognition Lab
Research focuses on the interaction between language, culture, and cognition, with an emphasis on how public policy affects social and cognitive development. Current projects include work with a Mayan community in Chiapas, Mexico looking at how a national healthcare and education program affects participants’ capacity to interact with the healthcare system and their acquisition of different healthcare concepts and beliefs. Specific areas of interest include women’s reproductive rights and health, cognitive models of illness and treatment, issues of translation and interpretation in healthcare communication, and how authoritative knowledge is constructed in different contexts. Other areas of interest include border and transnational populations and conceptions of cultural and national identity, and spatial language and cognition.

Currently accepting entering MA students.