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Faculty Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo
Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806)834-6080 - Room 405

Auburn University, 2006

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

Associate Editor, The Journal of Early Adolescence, (

International Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology
International Visiting Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Universidad CES Medellín, Colombia (

Program Director

Graduate Minor in Cross-Cultural Studies


  • Youth Development
  • Risk-Taking & Deviance / Externalizing-Internalizing Behaviors
  • “At-Risk” Youth / Ethnic/Racial Minorities and Immigrant Youth
  • Cross-Cultural Comparative Research

Selected Current Projects:

2013-2017         Co-I. East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Grant. US Department of Education.

2012-2015         Program Evaluator. Responsibility Education Program (PREP)/Youth Pregnancy Prevention Grant. BCFS-Health & Human Services of Texas/The Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.

2011-present     PI. Youth Adjustment in the South Plains Region (Evidence-based Research) Partnership with VOICES of the South Plains Community Coalition-Lubbock.

2013-present    PI. Normalizing Sexual Development (NSD) Curriculum.  Abstinence+ Plus Curriculum to educate 5th -12th graders and their parents about normal sexual development (emotional, cognitive, and physical development, healthy relationships, school/career, and goal orientation).

2010-present    Director. College-Going Dream. Partnership with Spur ISD School 5th-12th Graders
TTU/TTUHSC campus visits to increase college awareness and professional careers.

Selected Recent Publications:

Trejos-Castillo, E., & Bedore, S. (Forthcoming). Investigación Cualitativa como Herramienta de Justicia Social: Jóvenes en Acogimiento Familiar en Texas, USA (Qualitative Research as a Tool for Social Justice: The Case of Foster Youth in Texas, USA).

Trejos-Castillo, E., Davis, G., & Hipps, T. (Forthcoming). Economic Well-Being and Independent Living in Foster Youth: Paving the Road to Effective Transitioning out of Care.

Samtani, S., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (In-Press). Motherhood and Sex Work: A Negotiation of Identities. In Jaremko Bromwich, R. & M.M De Jong (Eds.), Mothers, Mothering, and Sex Work, Demeter Press, Ontario, Canada.

Corson, K., Colwell, M.J., Bell, N., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2014). Wrapped up in Covers: Preschoolers' Secrets and Secret Hiding Places. Early Child Development and Care, 1-18.

Trejos-Castillo, E. (Ed.) (2013). Youth: Practices, Perspectives and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Obland, T., & Trejos-Castillo, E. (2013). Cyberaggression: Comparisons of Cyberbullies and Cybervictims throughout the World. In R. Hanewald (Ed.) From Cyber Bullying To Cyber Safety: Issues and Approaches in Educational Contexts. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY.

Selected Recognitions:

2015 Professing Excellence Award, University Student Housing, Texas Tech University
2014 Open Teaching Concept Fellow, Office of Institutional Diversity & Community Engagement, Texas Tech University
2014 President’s Mid-Career Award, Texas Tech University
2013 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas Tech University
2013 Top 14 Hispanic Professors in Texas, Texas
2012 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University