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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 director 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.

Her expertise and research focuses the influence of the acculturation process on Mexican American mental health and educational disparities; marianismo and Latina mental health; and scale development and validity of cultural constructs. She is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Psychology. She has successfully lead two 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 an active member of the National Latina/o Psychological Association and American Psychological Association.

Research Interests
Acculturation Theory and Measurement
College Student Mental Health
Latino Mental Health
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. 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

2. 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

3. Brittian, A. S., Kim, S. Y., Armenta, B. E., Lee, R. M., Umaña-Taylor, A. J., Schwartz, S. J., Villalta, I. K., Zamboanga, B. L., Weisskirch, R. S., Juang, L. P., Castillo, L. G., & Hudson, M. L. (2015). Do dimensions of ethnic identity mediate the association between perceived ethnic group discrimination and depressive symptoms? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 41-53.

4. Castillo, L. G., Cano, M. G., Yoon, M., Jung, E., Brown, E. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Kim, S. Y., Schwartz, S. J., Huynh, Q., Weisskirch, R. S., & Whitbourne, S. K. (2015). Factor structure and factorial invariance of the multidimensional acculturative stress inventory. Psychological Assessment, 27, 915-924

5. . Zamboanga, B. L., Pesigan, I.J.A., Tomaso, C. C., Schwartz, S. J., Ham, L. S., Bersamin, M. Kim, S. Y., Cano, M. A., Castillo, L. G., Forthun, L., Whitbourne, S. K., & Hurley, E. A. (2015). Frequency of drinking games participation and alcohol-related problems in a multiethnic sample of college students: Do gender and ethnicity matter? Addictive Behaviors, 41, 112-116.

6. Castillo, L. G., Navarro, R. L., *Walker, J. E., Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Whitbourne, S. K., Weisskirch, R. S., Kim, S. Y., Park, I. J. K., Vazsonyi, A. T., & Caraway, J. (2015). Gender matters: The influence of acculturation and acculturative stress on Latino college student depressive symptomatology. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3, 40-55. *

7. Sosa, E.T., Mckyer, E.L., Pruitt, B., Goodson, P., Castillo, L. (2015). The complexities of childhood obesity: A qualitative study among Mexican American Mothers. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 8 (3), 28-41.

8. *Pina-Watson, B., & Castillo, L. G. (2015). The role of perceived parent-child relationship on Latina adolescent depression. Child Adolescent and Social Work Journal, 32, 309-315. doi: 10.1007/s10560-014-0374-0 *

9. Gonzales-Backen, M. A., Dumka, L. E., Millsap, R. E., Hyung, C. Y., Schwartz, S. J., Zamboanga, B. L., Weisskirch, R. S., Rodriguez, L., Castillo, L. G., Kim, S. Y., Brown, E. J., Whitbourne, S. K., & Vazsonyi, A. T. (2015). The role of social and personal identities in self-esteem among ethnic minority college students. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research, 15, 202-220

10. Cano, M. A., Castillo, L. G., Castro, Y., de Dios, M. A., & Roncancio, A. M. (2014). Acculturative stress and depressive symptomatology among Mexican and Mexican American students in the U.S.: Examining associations with cultural incongruity and intragroup marginalization. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 36, 136-149.

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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 (Current)

Integrating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Innovative Practices (iTIP). (Co-I)
Texas A&M University Health Science Center - Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 1,188,599.
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.
Keisha Thompson (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Miguel Cano (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
John Hershberger (Fall, 2011), Ph.D.
Flor Perez (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.
Editorial Positions

Assoc Editor (2011 - ). Journal of Clinical Psychology

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

Editorial Board Member (2008 - ). 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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