Allan Benedict I. Bernardo is an experienced educator and researcher in the field of psychology and education. He was a full-time professor at De La Salle University’s Counseling and Educational Psychology Department. Similarly, he was the former Director of the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research and was elected as secretary-general of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) in 2007. However, before this said election, he served as chair of the Education and Training Committee of AASP. In terms of educational background, he finished his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1987 wherein he graduated magna cum laude. Afterward, he studied in the USA at Yale University taking up Medical Science Cognitive Psychology in 1990 and M. Phil. (Cognitive Psychology) in 1991. He also finished a Doctorate Degree in Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology at the same Institution the following year.
Moreover, he has received various awards for his notable contributions in his respective field of interest. In particular, he was awarded the 2002 Achievement Award for Research by the National Research Council of the Philippines, and the 2003 Outstanding Young Men Award for his work in Psychology and Education. Before this, he was given the Spencer Fellowship by the National Academy of Education (U.S.A.) and the International Award for Literacy Research by the UNESCO Institute for Education in 1996. The most recent award which he received was the Outstanding Professional of the Year Award (Psychology) by the Professional Regulations Commission in 2020.
As an experienced and multi-awarded researcher, his field of interest centers on social and cultural dimensions of learning, achievement motivation, and cognitions about learning; mathematical learning and problem-solving; language and learning; learning and problem-solving in bilinguals; teacher cognitions and teacher development; and educational reform and policy. For instance, he published an article on parental socialization of academic achievements in 2009 entitled, “Filipino Students’ Reported Parental Socialization of Academic Achievement by Socioeconomic Group” and released a paper on the anxiety of Filipinos during the Pandemic in 2020 entitled, “Coronavirus Pandemic Anxiety Scale (CPAS-11): development and initial validation.”