Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of Puerto Rico; M.S., University of Essex; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University


Adriana Colom Cruz began teaching at Sewanee in 2018. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S. in General Psychology from the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a Social/Personality track from Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Colom Cruz’s most recent research involved studying benevolent sexism and support provision within close romantic relationships. At Sewanee, her research examines issues related to underrepresented and ethnic minority groups. Specifically, she is interested in studying factors that contribute to thriving in ethnic minority students at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and identity amongst Puerto Ricans and Puerto Rican Americans.

Her current research explores topics such as institutional satisfaction, social belonging, and integration, amongst ethnic minority students at PWIs. In addition, Dr. Colom Cruz is examining the relationship between language and social support seeking in close relationships with bilingual partners that are fluent in both Spanish and English.

Students interested in joining Dr. Colom Cruz’s Latinx and Cultural Psychology Lab should contact

Courses offered:

380 Latinx Psychology

251 Research Methods and Data Analysis; Research Methods and Data Analysis Lab

100 Principles of Psychology Lab