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Posted: 9/17/20

TAMIU Faculty Member Earns Prestigious APA Award for Early Career Achievement


Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo  

A Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) faculty member has received a prestigious award from the American Psychological Association (APA) presented to outstanding scholars making a difference early in their professional careers.

Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, TAMIU associate professor of Psychology, was one of 21 scholars selected nationwide to receive the 2020 Early Career Achievement Awards.

According to the APA, she was selected among an extraordinary pool of candidates based on her achievements, demonstration of leadership in the field of Psychology and the importance she placed on the APA Convention.

“I am really humbled and honored to have been selected to receive this award from the APA,” Dr. Terrazas-Carillo said, “I also believe that it showcases TAMIU at the national level as TAMIU Psychology faculty continue to be recognized for their work and leadership nationally.”

She added, “I especially believe this award also shows our TAMIU students that they have access to nationally recognized faculty and my hope is that they can be inspired to continue making a difference in the field of Psychology.”

Noted in Terrazas-Carrillo’s recognition was her attendance at the recent APA  virtual convention, where she led a group of five TAMIU Master of Counseling Psychology (MACP) students presenting posters on the effects of psychoeducational groups on Latinos. The event hosted more than 3,000 on-demand sessions and poster submissions by graduate students and professional researchers.

“These graduate students are first-generation college and graduate students and their attending a national conference in Psychology is a significant milestone in their professional development,” she observed.

In addition, the APA recognized Terrazas-Carrillo for holding several leadership positions within the APA. She was elected Early Career Professional (ECP) representative to the Committee on International Relations in Psychology and as Co-Chair of the ECP Convention Programming for Division 52, which strives to provide spaces for ECP’s within the Division to create a sense of community. She has also served as member of the Division 17 ECP Committee and as Membership Chair of the Division 17 Section for the Advancement of Women.

She was also named an APA Psychology Summer Institute Fellow and  invited to join the National Honor Society Phi Alpha Phi. In 2018, she was named TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences’  Distinguished Scholar of the Year.

Terrazas-Carrillo earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Her MA in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and BBA in Management were earned at Midwestern State University.

Her research interests include training bilingual counselors, international student adjustment, place-making and well-being, and intimate partner violence among ethnic minority women in the U.S. and Latin America.

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