Carola Suárez-Orozco, Ph.D. Professor
Moore Hall 1041B
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521
Dr. Carola Suárez-Orozco is a professor of Human Development and Psychology at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences. Her body of research uses mixed-methodological strategies to elucidate the child, adolescent, and young adult experience of immigration. Her work focuses on the question, how is a person’s development shaped by immigration and how are they changed by the process? Dr. Suárez-Orozco has considered a wide variety of processes including identity formation, family separations, gendered patterns, civic engagement, and most recently the unauthorized experience. A focus on school settings has been an essential and enduring theme in her basic research agenda as schools are a first contact point between the immigrant child, their family and the new society. Further, education is a critical predictor of current as well as future wellbeing and socio-economic mobility for the most rapidly growing sector of the U.S. youth population.
- Professor of Education
- Co-Director, Institute for Immigration, Globalization & Education
- Co-Founder, Re-Imagining Migration
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego
- M.A., Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
- A.B., Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Awards, Honors, Fellowships
- Elected to the National Academy of Education (2016)
- Society for Research on Adolescence Social Policy Best Edited Book Award (2016) [for Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigrants]
- 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]
- Yoshikawa, H., Suárez-Orozco, C. & Gonzalez, R., G. (2016). Unauthorized Status and Youth Development in the United States: Consensus Statement for the Society on Research on Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12272
- Suárez-Orozco, C., Katsiaficas, D., Birchall, O., Alcantar, A. M., Hernandez, E., Garcia, Y., Michikyan, M., Cerda, J., & Teranishi, R. (2015). Undocumented undergraduates on college campuses: Understanding their challenges, assets, and what it takes to make an UndocuFriendly campus. Harvard Education Review, 85(3),427-463.
- Suárez-Orozco, C., Casanova, S., Martin, M., Katsiaficas, D., Cuellar, V., Dias, S., & Smith, N. (2015). Toxic rain in the classroom: Classroom interpersonal microaggressions. Educational Researcher, 44(3),151-160.
- Suárez-Orozco, C., Hernandez, M. G., & Casanova, S. (2015).“It’s sort of my calling”: The civic participation and social responsibility immigrant origin emerging adults. Research in Human Development. 12(1), 84-99.
- Suárez-Orozco, C., Bang H. J., & Kim, H. Y. (2010). “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., O’Connor, E., Pakes, J., & Rhodes, J. (2010). Academic trajectories of newcomer immigrant youth. Developmental Psychology, 46(3) 602-618.