Carola Suárez-Orozco: I am a Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. My areas of research include educational achievement among immigrant origin youth, immigrant family separations, the role of mentors in facilitating youth development, the effects of unauthorized status on developing youth, gendered experiences of immigrant youth, the experiences of immigrant origin youth in community college settings as well as civic engagement among emerging adults of immigrant origin. My books include: Learning a New Land: Immigrant Children in American Society, Children of Immigration, Transformations: Migration, Family Life, and Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents and The New Immigration: An Interdisciplinary Reader. Her recent book Transitions: The Development of the Children of Immigrants received the SRA Best Edited Policy Book Award (2016). I was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for her contributions to the understanding of cultural psychology of immigration and has served as the Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration. I am a member of the National Academy of Education.
I was trained as a clinical psychologist receiving my doctorate in 1993 though I now identify as a cultural developmental psychologist. My research has been supported by a number of foundations including the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, as well as the Spencer Foundation. I have taught at Harvard University, NYU, and UCLA focusing on the experience of immigrant children, youth, and young adults as well as in the use of mixed-methodological research strategies.Profile on UCLA