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Primary Emphasis Area: Counseling Psychology
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Short Bio

Dr. Linda G. Castillo is a professor in the counseling psychology doctoral program and coordinator of the online school counseling program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Texas State University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah. She has successfully lead three multiyear, multimillion dollar grant projects, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, that focus on college and career readiness of low-income adolescents. She is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Latinx educational persistence and mental health
Scale development and validity of cultural constructs

Heart of Texas GEAR UP
Principal Investigator and Project Director: Linda Castillo, Ph.D.
Co-PI and Co-Director: Marcia Montague, Ph.D.

In the fall of 2020, Drs. Castillo and Montague were awarded a 7-year, $6.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Heart of Texas GEAR UP project provides comprehensive support services to a cohort of over 1,200 7th grade students to help them prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. Objectives of the grant project are as follows:

Objective 1: Increase student academic performance and high school graduation rates.
Objective 2: Increase student preparation for and success in postsecondary education.
Objective 3: Increase career knowledge and career decision-making skills among students and families.
Objective 4: Increase awareness of and knowledge regarding college matriculation among students and families.
Objective 5: Increase sustainability of project efforts.
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. *Heredia, D., Piña-Watson, B., Castillo, L. G., Ojeda, L., & Cano, M. A. (2018). Academic nonpersistence among Latina/o college students: Examining cultural and social factors. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 11, 192-200. *

2. Sanchez-Gonzalez, M., Castillo, L. G., Montague, L. M., Lynch, P. S. (2018). Predictors of college enrollment among Latinx high school students. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.

3. Montague, L. M., Lynch, P. S., Armstrong, T. W., Castillo, L. G. (2018). Reliability and validity of the self-advocacy scale. Special Education Research, Policy, & Practice,2, 77-87.

4. Heads, A. M., *Glover, A.M., Castillo, L. G., Blozis, S., Kim, S. Y. (2017) Dimensions of ethnic identity as protective factors for substance use and sexual risk behaviors in African American college students. Journal of American College Health. *

5. *Heredia, D., *Sanchez-Gonzalez, M., *Rosner, C., *He, X., Castillo, L. G., & Ojeda, L. (2017). The Influence of loneliness and interpersonal relations on Latina/o adolescent wellbeing. Journal of Latinos and Education, 16, 338-348. *

6. Juang, L., Moffitt, U., Kim, S. Y., Lee, R. M., Soto, J. A., Hurley, E., Weisskirch, R. S., Blozis, S. A., Castillo, L. G., Huynh, Q., & Whitborne, S. K. (2016). Cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression: Links to racial-ethnic discrimination and adjustment among Latina/o and Asian-heritage college students in the United States. Journal of Adolescence, 53, 21-33.

7. Yap, S. C. Y., Donnellan, M. B., Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Kim, S. Y., Huynh, Q. L., Vazsonyi, A. T., Cano, M. A., Hurley, E. A., Whitbourne, S. K., Castillo, L. G., Donovan, R. A., Blozis, S. A., & Brown, E. J. (2016). Evaluating the invariance of the multigroup ethnic identity measure across foreign-born, second-generation and later-generation college students in the United States. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 460-465.

8. Cano, M. A., Schwartz, S. J., Castillo, L. G., Unger, J. B., Huang, S., Zamboanga, B. L., Romero, A. J., Lorenzo-Blanco, E., et al. (2016). Health risk behaviors and depressive symptoms among Hispanic Adolescents: Examining acculturation discrepancies and family functioning. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 254-265.

9. Cano, M. A., de Dios, M. A., Castro, Y., Vaughan, E. L., Castillo, L. G., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Pina-Watson, B., Cardoso, J. B., Ojeda, L., Cruz, R. A., Correa- Fernandez, V., Ibanez, G., Auf, R., Molleda, L. M. (2015). Alcohol use severity and depressive symptoms among late adolescent Hispanics: Testing associations of acculturation and enculturation in a bicultural transaction model. Addictive Behaviors, 49, 78-82

10. Cano, M. A., Schwartz, S. J., Castillo, L. G., Romero, A. J., Huang, S., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J. B., Zamboanga, B. L., Des Rosiers, S. E., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lizzi, K. M., Soto, D. W., Oshri, A., Villamar, J. A., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocnik, J. (2015). Depressive symptoms and externalizing behaviors among Hispanic immigrant adolescents: Examining longitudinal effects of cultural stress. Journal of Adolescence, 42, 31-39

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Beth Boone (Fall, 2006), Ph.D.
Kimberly Kempner (Summer, 2007), Ph.D.
Clinton Edward Quisenberry (Spring, 2009), Ph.D.
Lorena Lisa Gonzalez (Spring, 2009), Ph.D.
Marion Zahn (Summer, 2009), Ph.D.
Angela Heads (Summer, 2009), Ph.D.
Karlen Moore (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Morgan Hurst (Fall, 2010), Ph.D.
Miguel Cano (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Keisha Thompson (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Flor Perez (Fall, 2011), Ph.D.
John Hershberger (Fall, 2011), Ph.D.
Lesley Ann Brown (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Allison Davis (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Rosalinda Rosli (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Brandy Pina-Watson (Summer, 2014), Ph.D.
Kimberly Rodriguez (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Huynh Mai Thi Nguyen (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Araceli Lopez (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Angel M. Glover (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Xiao He (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Esteefania Adriana Lezama (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Associate Editor (2011 - ). Journal of Clinical Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2009 - 2013). Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2008 - 2015). Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

Editorial Board Member (2006 - 2013). Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2009). Treasurer.  National Latina/o Psychological Association


(2009). Fellow.  American Psychology Association, Division for ethnic minorties

(2008). 2008 Many Faces of Counseling Psychology.  2008 International Counseling Psychology Conference

(1998). Achievement.  Achievement in Chicana/o Psychology. Julian Samora Research Institute.

(1997). Outstanding Contribution.  As a Psychology Alumnus fromSouthwest Texas State University

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