Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice
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David A. Caicedo received his Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, an M.A. in General Psychology (Pre-Clinical Concentration) from Adelphi University, and a B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University. Prior to teaching at BMCC, he taught at Brooklyn College, John Jay College, and Bronx Community College within CUNY, and at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Prof. Caicedo’s research centers on the Latino/a experience in the U.S., including Latino/a demographic patterns in the Tri-State area. His dissertation work focused on the psycholinguistics of the (contemporary) immigration debate, political ideology, and the complicity between the news media, policymakers, and popular opinion.
language socialization, Social Justice Issues, Race & Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Linguistics, Latino/Latin American Studies: Immigration, Cultural Identity, Socio-economic Status, Language Policy, Immigration Studies, Political Psychology, Political Ideology
Ph.D. Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, Social-Personality Psychology, 2015
M.A. Adelphi University (Garden City, NY), General Psychology (Pre-Clinical Concentration), 2005
B.A. St. John’s University (Jamaica, NY), Psychology, 2003
- The course introduces students to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will learn about current perspectives, historical roots and scientific methods in psychology. Topics within major areas of psychology may include biopsychology, human development, learning, cognition, social processes, personality and psychological disorders.
- The course introduces students to major theories and scientific findings in social psychology emphasizing personal and situational behavior. Research and application in the areas of social thinking, social influence and social relations are discussed. Topics include, but are not limited to, attitudes and beliefs, conformity, prejudice, group behavior and leadership, communication and persuasion. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course focuses on historical perspectives, contemporary trends, theoretical models and scientific research in the assessment and classification of mental illness. The etiology and treatment of psychological disorders are discussed with emphasis on the role of biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and sociocultural factors. Prerequisites: PSY 100
- The course focuses on exploring, critically evaluating and applying theories and concepts to the study of personality psychology. It also discusses research, assessment and influences of personality on human behavior and everyday life. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- The course is designed to introduce the students to psychological research. Students will learn about the research process by analyzing the ethical issues in research, conducting literature reviews, collecting, analyzing and interpreting the data, as well as summarizing and presenting the findings. Students may be presented with an opportunity to work with faculty on designing and implementing a research project. The course includes both theoretical and applied (lab) components.
Prerequisite: PSY 100 and two PSY 200-level courses
Research and Projects
Alien, illegal, undocumented: The bidirectionality of language and socialization
What labels/terms are used to anchor the immigrant experience, and what might be the cognitive and ideological implications of the language in current and domestic immigration debate and policy on young adults? In a related vein, how do students at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC, CUNY) and the County College of Morris (CCM) in different states (New York and New Jersey, respectively), define “immigrant status”, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), and their particular positions in the process? How does the interpretation of “deferred action” affect the discourse on current and domestic immigration policy? Finally, how does the family influence the socialization of young immigrant adults?
System Justification and Immigration
Research, as well as media coverage, shows that political conservatives tend to support greater immigration enforcement including the building of President Trump’s famous “wall”, compared to political liberals. System justification- the psychological need to bolster, defend, and support the status quo (Jost and Banaji, 1994)- tends to be greater in political conservatives compared to liberals. However, can social labels related to immigration serve as proxies for political ideology?Using survey data gathered across 2 community colleges (n=744), the following predictions are made:H1. High SJ will predict anti-immigrant attitudes, while low SJ will predict pro-immigrant attitudes
H2. High SJ will predict anti-immigrant attitudes with exposure to “illegal” label, but not “undocumented” label. Low SJ will predict pro-immigrant attitudes with exposure to “undocumented” label, but not “illegal” label
Demographic shift and Immigration
Demographic experts predict a “minority majority” population in the United States by 2050, driven primarily by Latinos/Hispanic immigration. When reminded of this forthcoming “demographic shift”, Whites have shown to reflect anti-minority attitudes (Craig, Rucker, & Richeson, 2017; Craig & Richeson, 2017), as well as concerns about increased bias and discrimination towards their own group (Craig & Richeson, 2017). At the same time, however, other ethnic and racial minority members (African-Americans and Asian-Americans) have also displayed the same attitudinal patterns (Craig & Richeson, 2017) towards Latino/Hispanic immigrants/immigration.
Using survey data collected online, as well as on-campus at Long Island University-Brooklyn, this past research is replicated with an emphasis on political ideology. Namely, system justification (the psychological need to bolster, defend, and support the political, economic, and social status quo) is seen as the conceptual link that binds these 2 elements (race/ethnicity and attitudes) together.
- (2019). DREAMers and values: An urban and suburban community college comparison,Journal of Diversity in Higher Education