Posted: 3/03/22

TAMIU Alum Accepted to Ph.D. Program at Texas A&M University


Alejandro Flores

This Fall 2022, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) alumnus Alejandro Flores begins his Ph.D. studies in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University. 

Flores, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2013, and later a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, didn’t intend to pursue a doctoral degree but was drawn to the research projects he undertook at TAMIU. 

“It was never my intention to go for a Ph.D. I had originally entered the master’s program to further my clinical skills. However, after being in the program and getting involved in research projects, I realized how much I enjoyed research. Through my involvement in research projects, I realized how underrepresented Latinx populations are in the field of psychology and the need to advance research for Latin American families,” Flores said.

He credits much of his success to the University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) Program and the guidance of Drs. Ediza García and Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, associate professors of Counseling Psychology.   

“The MACP program holds its students to a high standard of academic excellence. My professors, Dr. García and Dr. Terrazas-Carrillo, provided me with amazing mentorship and had very high expectations for me as a student. Throughout my time in the program and with their guidance, I learned what was needed to engage in graduate-level work,” Flores explained.  

He notes that their encouragement to pursue various academic pursuits, including participating in research poster and presentation opportunities, gave him the knowledge and skills needed to continue his academic career. 

“The coursework and the involvement in research projects helped me grow as a professional and helped me increase my chances to enter a doctorate program,” Flores affirmed. 

Garcia lauded Flores for his commitment to his academic goals and his decision to continue his studies as a doctoral student. 

“Alex is an exceptional student. His academic journey is marked by grit. He embraced all the opportunities afforded to him by the MACP program, which contributed to his personal and professional growth and set him up to continue his education. The MACP faculty are incredibly proud of him,” García said.

Individuals interested in Counseling Psychology can view TAMIU program information and requirements by visiting https://www.tamiu.edu/gradschool/macp/

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