Masters Program in Counseling Psychology


Mission of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP)

The mission of the TAMIU MACP program is to prepare students to sensitively serve the counseling needs of clients from diverse cultures and multicultural communities. The program aims to train students in prevention, and community education processes as well as in individual, and group counseling.  Students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology can pursue the thesis option. Our curricular model is based on the scientist-practitioner model and requires 60 semester hours. Faculty is committed to mentoring and guiding students in achieving their academic and professional goals.

We will offer a certificate in Bilingual Counseling to students who pass an additional nine-hour program.  These students will be especially trained to meet the counseling needs of the underserved and rapidly growing population of Spanish speaking clients. Earning this certificate is elective to students enrolled in the regular scientist-practitioner model. 

MACP Faculty

The faculty aims to publish with graduate students and also looks to co-present with students at regional and national conferences. Below is a list of faculty research interests, teaching experience, and contact information. Faculty interests evolve and develop, so talk to faculty to see who is a good match for you in terms of interest and working style.


Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Communication

Jose Carlos Lozano, Ph.D., 1992. Communication- University of Texas at Austin.

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Research Interests: Audience research, International Communication, Media Flow in the Americas.

Teaching: Communication Theory and Practice, Methods of Inquiry, Mass Communication Theories



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

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

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

Teaching: Graduate Level: Introduction of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Issues in Counseling, Child and Adolescent PSychotherapy, Theory and Principles of Psychology Testing, Thesis.

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Roberto Heredia, Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Research Interests: Lexical Access; Bilingual Lexical Processes; Lexical Ambiguity; Literal vs. Non-literal Language Processes; Sentence Processing; Second-language Acquisition; Word recognition; Memory and Information Processing

Teaching: Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Learning and Memory, Graduate Level: Research Methods, Thesis


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Emeritus Professor 

Bonnie Rudolph, Ph.D.,

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Research Interests: Counseling & Psychotherapy Process & Outcome Research; Counseling and Psychotherapy Supervision; Normal Personality Traits; Brief Psychotherapy & Counseling; Initial Interviews & Alliance; Mentoring

Teaching: Psychology of Personality, Graduate Level: Introduction of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues, Psychopathology, Practicum, Internship, Thesis


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Associate Professor

Monica Munoz, Ph.D. 2007, Texas Tech

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Research Interests: Social Cognition; Attitudes and Perspective Taking

Teaching: Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Psychology of Personality, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Graduate Level: Thesis


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Associate Professor

Anna Cieslicka, Ph.D. 1998. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

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 Research Interests: Bilingual Lexical Access, The Mental Lexicon in Second Language Learners and Metaphor Figurative Language Cerebral Asymmetric in Bilingual Processing Acquisition, Storage, and Processing of Idioms in L1 (Native Language) and L2 (Second Foreign Language). 

Teaching: Research Methods, Psychology of Language, Psychology of Bilingualism, Foundations of Language, Graduate Level: Cognitive Science, Thesis


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Assistant Professor

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

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 Research Interests: Hispanic Counselor Development; Substance Abuse Treatment; Military Family Dynamics.

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, Practicum, Internship                                



Assistant Professor

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

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 Research Interests:Exploring the Dimensionality of Human Relationships to Places: The Case of International Student Adjustment; Personality in Bilinguals: Cultural Frame Switching.

Teaching: Biological Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Psychopathology, Group Counseling & Psychotherapy, Career Counseling and Development, Cultural Aspects of Counseling Clients of Hispanic & Mexican descent.                               







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