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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Khanh-Van T. Bui

Khanh-Van T. Bui

Professor of Psychology

Division: Social Science Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 235
Phone: (310) 506-4805
Fax: (310) 506-7271
E-mail: khanh.bui@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1990, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa


  • PSYC 200: Introductory Psychology
  • PSYC 210: Foundations of Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Introductory Statistics
  • PSYC 333: Social Psychology

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Faculty/Student Mentor Program Award
  • Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative Award
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Council of Undergraduate Psychology Programs
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Drug Issues
  • Editorial Board, College Student Journal

Academic Interests:

  • Academic achievement
  • Close relationships
  • Loneliness

Selected Works:

  • The names of Pepperdine undergraduate collaborators are underlined below.
  • Bui, K. T., & Rush, R. A. (2016). Parental involvement in middle school predicting college attendance for first-generation students. Education, 136(4), 473-489.
  • Baumgartner, B. J., Bauer, L. M., & Bui, K. T., (2012). Reactions to homelessness: Social, cultural, and psychological sources of discrimination. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 17(1), 26-34.
  • Scafidi, T., & Bui, K. T. (2010). Gender similarities in math performance from middle school to high school. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 37(3), 252-255.
  • Bui, K. T., Ellickson, P. L., & Bell, R. M. (2000). Cross-lagged relationships among adolescent problem drug use, deviance, and poor mental health. Journal of Drug Issues, 30(2), 283-303.
  • Bui, K. T., Peplau, L. A., & Hill, C. T. (1996). Testing the Rusbult model of relationship commitment and stability in a 15-year study of heterosexual couples. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 22(12), 1244-1257.
  • Bui, K. T., & Takeuchi, D. T. (1992). Ethnic minority adolescents and the use of community mental health care services. American Journal of Community Psychology, 20(4), 403-417.