Sara Castro-Olivo
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Office#: 704J Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 845-9722
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Short Bio
Dr. Castro-Olivo is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on the development and validation of culturally responsive social-emotional and behavioral interventions for Latino ELL youth and families.
Dr. Castro-Olivo has over 15 years of experience working as an interventionist for Spanish-speaking populations in Texas, California and Oregon. She has worked as a bilingual community health educator, social skills trainer, parent trainer, school psychologist, and mental health care provider.
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Castro-Olivo, S., Cramer, K.*, & Garcia, N. *(2016). Manualized school-based intervention curricula for ethnic minorty populations. In S. L. Graves and J. Blake (Eds). Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention for Ethnic Minority Children: Evidence Based Appraoches. APA Publications. *

2. Chung, H., Merranda, M., Schwartz, J., Pham, A., & Castro-Olivo, S. (2016). Psychosociocultural Structural Models of College Success among Latino Students in Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 9 (4). doi:

3. Kramer, C. * & Castro-Olivo, S. (2016). Social-Emotional Learning Intervention Outcomes of Culturally Diverse High School Students. Contemporary School Psychology Journal, 20 (2), 118- 129. *

4. Goforth, A.N., Pham, A.V., Chun, H., Castro-Olivo, S. M., & Yosai, E.R. (2016). The role of acculturative stress and religious practices on Arab American Adolescents' internalizing symptoms. School Psychology Quarterly, 31(2), 198-212. doi:

* 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)

Catapult Round 3 - Improving Quality of Life through a Culturally Responsive Lens: Developing Social-Emotional and Behavioral Supports for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ($30,000). (Co-PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/12/01 - 2018/05/31
Total Funding: 0.
Courses Taught
2016 - 2017
SPSY 642, SPSY 691
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2016 - ). Journal of Contemporary School Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2016 - ). Journal of School Psychology

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