MACP Faculty


Dr. Sara Castro-Olivo

Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology    

Dr. Sara Castro-Olivo, Ph.D., 2007, University of Oregon

Contact Information: sara.castro@tamiu.edu

Research Interests: Culturally responsive social-emotional and behavioral interventions; Relationship between social-emotional resiliency and academic success; Making cultural adaptations to existing evidence-based programs; Family interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse populations; System-wide implementation of culturally responsive social-emotional and academic services for English language learners. Bilingual assessment of ELLs.

Teaching: Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counseling, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Community Psychology and Theories and Principles of Psychological Testing.

Dr. Gilberto Salinas

Assistant Professor

Gilberto Salinas, Ph.D. 2007. St. Mary's University

Contact Information: gsalinas@tamiu.edu

Research Interest: Hispanic Counselor Development; Substance Abuse Treatment; Military Family Dynamics, Drug Related Violence, Trauma among Mexican students, Law enforcement officer Family Dynamics, Hispanic Counselor Supervision

Teaching: Introduction to Psychology, Biological Psychology, Theories and Principles of Psychological testing, Abnormal Psychology, Graduate Level: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, Career Counseling and Development, Internship.                              


 Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth C. Terrazas-Carrillo, Ph.D. 2014. University of Oklahoma

Contact Information: elizabeth.terrazas@tamiu.edu

Research Interests: Bilingualism and personality assessment, bilingual emotional expression in counseling, training bilingual counselors, international student adjustment, place-making and well-being, intimate partner violence among ethnic minority women in the U.S. and Latin America.

Teaching:  Personality, Counseling Interventions in Spanish.

 Dr. Ediza Garcia

Assistant Professor

Ediza Garcia, Psy.D., 2007, Regent University.

Contact Information: ediza.garcia@tamiu.edu

Research Interests: Family-centered prevention and intervention services that promote resilience among at-risk communities; Trauma-informed practice to children and families who have experienced adversity including abuse, medical illness diagnosis, community violence, and participation in the foster care system; Culturally-sensitive services to military and veteran families; Community education; Resilience skills-based intervention within school settings

Teaching: Appraisal, Ethics, Practicum, Crisis Counseling.