Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D.Dr. Jeanett Castellanos has served UCI for close to 20 years as a faculty and administrator. Currently, she is a Professor of Teaching for the School of Social Sciences 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 success, Dr. Castellanos has co-edited two volumes on student educational pathways and over 30 publications. Dr. Castellanos is the recipient of the APA Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Samuel M. Turner Mentorship Award, the 2012 NLPA Star Vega Community Service Award, and 2012 AAHEE Outstanding Support of Hispanics in Higher Education. At UCI, she has also received the Chancellor’s 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 satisfaction. Other research interests include Latina/o student coping, spirituality, and well-being.