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Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo

C. R. Hutche son Endowed, Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University


My research focus is interdisciplinary, rooted in Human Development, Cross-Cultural Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, and Public Health. My scholarship focuses on the importance of individual characteristics and contextual factors in the etiology of risk-taking behaviors and deviance in youth, with a particular focus on ethnic minority and “at-risk” populations. My scholarship is also based on a cross-cultural comparative approach that aims to generate knowledge on minority and immigrant youth and their families and the particular characteristics of these understudies groups. I use a mixed-method approach to research through my background in Ethnography, Case Studies, and Participatory Action Research (PAR) approaches that seeks to build evidence-based practice for the development, extension, and improvement of prevention/intervention efforts. During the past 9 years, I have worked closely with several local community and state-wide partners to support the well-being and positive developmental outcomes in youth. All my graduate students and undergraduate research assistants gain “hands on” experience by participating in community outreach programs, volunteering activities, and positive development programs for youth. My research, teaching, and service have been shaped by diverse life experiences and by the people who have made those experiences possible. I have lived in different countries and cultures and thus, I seek to discover what lies beneath our multidimensional lives, to improve and advance the lives of underserved populations, and to serve academia, the community, and society at large.