Serena Chen, PhD
Psychology professor and researcher
Serena Chen is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the Marian E. and Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., Distinguished Chair for Innovative Teaching and Research. Her research focuses on the self and identity, interpersonal relationships, and social hierarchy and power.
Dr. Chen is a fellow of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association of Psychological Science. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Review, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, as well as other professional publications such as the Harvard Business Review. Dr. Chen’s work has also received popular news attention from outlets including the New York Times.
Dr. Chen was the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Division of Social Sciences at UC Berkeley. She is also the faculty director of the Berkeley Collegium, a group of faculty dedicated to the improvement of and innovation in undergraduate education at UC Berkeley.
Having earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her doctorate from New York University, Dr. Chen spent her initial years as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, before joining the UC Berkeley faculty.
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.