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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, Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President, Texas Tech University