suarez-oroscoCarola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D.


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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Carola Suárez-Orozco is a Professor of Human Development and Psychology at UCLA. Her research is focused broadly on the adaptation of immigrant families and youth. Areas of specialization include the educational achievement among immigrant origin youth, immigrant family separations, the role of the “social mirror” in identity formation, the role of mentors in facilitating youth development, gendered experiences of immigrant youth, unauthorized status and development, and immigrant emerging adults in community college settings. She has been 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.


  • Professor of Education
  • Co-Director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education


  • U.C. Berkeley
  • California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

Awards, Honors, Fellowships

  • Chair, American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Immigration (2010 to 2012)
  • Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (2009/10) [Princeton, NJ]
  • Virginia & Warren Stone Award — Harvard University Press’ Outstanding Book on Education and Society (2007) [for Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society]
  • American Psychological Association Presidential Citation (2006) [for research and contribution to understanding of immigrant youth and families]
  • Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Best Book Award (1996) [for Transformations: Immigration, Family Life & Achievement Motivation Among Latino Adolescents]

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Immigrant families, children, and youth
  • Academic trajectories of engagement and performance among immigrant adolescents The “social mirror” & identity formation
  • Immigrant family separations
  • The role of mentors in facilitating positive development in immigrant youth
  • The gendered experiences of immigrant youth
  • The effects of unauthorized status on development
  • Civic engagement among emerging adults
  • Community college experiences of immigrant youth

Select Publications

Suárez-Orozco, C., Casanova, S., Martin, M., Katisaficas, D., Cuellar, V., Dias, S., & Smith, N. (2015). Toxic rain in the classroom: Classroom interpersonal microaggressions. Educational Researcher. 44(3),151-60.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Yoshikawa, Y., Teranishi, R.,  & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2011).  Growing up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status. Harvard Educational Review. 81(3), 438-472.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Bang, H.J.,  & Kim, H.Y. (2011). “I Felt Like My Heart Was Staying Behind:” Psychological Implications Of Immigrant Family Separations & Reunifications. Journal of Adolescent Research, 21(2), 222-257.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Gaytán, F.X., Bang, H.J. ,Pakes, J., & Rhodes, J.  (2010). Academic Trajectories of Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Developmental Psychology, 46(3) 602-618.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Suárez-Orozco, M. & Todorova, T. (2008). Learning a New Land: Immigrant Children in American Society (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

Suárez-Orozco, C. & Suárez-Orozco, M. (2001). Children of Immigration. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).