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While completing her doctoral studies at USC, Dr. Michelle Castellanos had the pleasure of working with Dr. Darnell Cole and serving as a research associate within the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Prior to beginning her studies in higher education and educational psychology, Michelle engaged in several research projects and received degrees in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Michelle’s research addresses the college experiences and subsequent educational, career, and psychosocial outcomes of students of color. While her work is primarily quantitative, Michelle has also published and presented qualitative and mixed methods studies. In her multi-institutional dissertation, titled How College Impacts Latina STEM Career Decision-Making: A Psychosociocultural Approach , Michelle utilizes primary data and structural equation modeling to adopt a strength based approach to addressing Latina career development and pathways to STEM fields. Her survey development was informed by both established measures and qualitative interviews with Latina undergraduates.
While currently continuing her research, Michelle serves as an Institutional Research Associate at Loyola Marymount University, where she conducts institutional research aimed at influencing data driven decision-making. Michelle also teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses including student development, human development, and research methods. This upcoming fall, Michelle will be teaching advanced student development within the Rossier School of Education’s doctoral program.