Carmel Saad, Ph.D.

Inaugural Director of the Carol Houston Center for Justice Reconciliation and Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, Professor of Psychology
(805) 565-6884

Office Location

Winter Hall 335

Office Available

Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm
& by appointment


Social and Personality Psychology, Bicultural Identity


Dr. Saad earned her doctorate in social and personality psychology at the University of California, Davis, in 2012. She specializes in the experience of biculturalism, examining the relationship between bicultural identity integration and cultural frame switching. Additionally, she examines cultural influences on emotion, creativity, self-concept, and mental health.


Her more recent work focuses on strategies to mitigate the impact of implicit bias on real-world outcomes. She has adopted an evidence-based framework to help those in law enforcement, educational settings, healthcare, for-profit and non-profit organizations become aware of the impact implicit bias can have on their work.


She has consulted with various organizations, including the Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Barbara County Probation Office, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara City College, Family Services Agency, Cottage Hospital, and various academic institutions and community organizations to help raise awareness about implicit bias and combat the effects it can have on decisions and behavior.