Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D.Dr. Jeanett Castellanos has served UCI for close to 20 years as a faculty and administrator. Currently, she is the Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences. She is also a Professor of Teaching educating students on the importance of research, social justice, cultural competence, and psychological wellness. Her classes include: Social Science Honors Series, Field Studies in Public and Community Service, Chicano/Latino Families, Comparative Cultures, and Research Methods Group Study. Dr. Castellanos is the Director of the Social Policy and Public Service major and the Social Science Honors Program.

With a plethora of research experience in student educational processes, Dr. Castellanos has co-edited two volumes on student educational pathways and over 45 publications. Dr. Castellanos is the recipient of the 2018 National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) Mentorship Award, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Samuel M. Turner Mentorship Award, the 2012 NLPA Star Vega Community Service Award, and 2012 American Association Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Outstanding Support of Hispanics in Higher Education Award. At UCI, she has  received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentorship (Academic Senate), Living Our Values Chancellor’s Award, Chancellor’s UROP Research Excellence Award, the Chancellor Teaching Excellence Award, and Distinguished Women of UCI Award. Dr. Castellanos holds two baccalaureate degrees from the University of California Irvine, a Masters of Education specializing in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Washington State University. Dr. Castellanos completed her post doc training at Indiana University Bloomington and was a visiting faculty at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research focuses on racial and ethnic minority students’ college experiences and the psychosociocultural factors that affect their retention and student persistence. Other research interests include Latinx student coping, spirituality, and well-being.